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Investment Attraction Newsletter - January 2012

Gold Coast has top-notch manufacturing in the can

Australia’s first drink canning manufacturing plant to be built in 20 years will be built on the Gold Coast.

Premier Anna Bligh said Visy, one of the world’s leading packaging, paper and recycling companies, had chosen Stapylton on the Gold Coast as the site for the new $86M beverage can manufacturing plant.

“The State Government’s Trade and Investment Queensland office and the Gold Coast City Council have convinced Visy that Queensland is the right destination for this world-class facility,” she said.

“I met personally with representatives from Visy during the recent investment tour of Melbourne and Sydney and I’m delighted that they have chosen Queensland and the Gold Coast in particular to build this factory.

“Visy’s facility will incorporate global leading-edge technology – it’ll be streets ahead of any other canning facility in the nation.

“This is really positive news for Queensland’s manufacturing industry.

“It’s great news too for the rapidly growing regional area between Logan and the Gold Coast as 44 permanent jobs will be created at the plant and 150 jobs during the six month construction phase.

“Once it’s up and running, the plant will produce large volumes of export-quality beverage cans and will supply customers in Queensland, interstate and overseas.”

Ms Bligh said the shell of the plant should be up by January 2012 and cans were expected to start rolling off production lines around July.

“The company had been considering expanding either one of their Sydney or Melbourne canning facilities but it’s a real feather in Queensland’s cap to have the company decide on us instead.”

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said securing the Visy canning operation in the South East was a great outcome for the city and Queensland.

"Council has been working hard through its Investment Attraction Program to bolster investment here on the coast and deliver more local jobs. This outcome highlights the importance of both levels of government working together for the benefit of the city."

Visy will locate the new plant adjacent to their current operation in Stapylton, a state-of-the-art corrugated cardboard box factory which opened with State Government assistance in 2006.

Visy’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Daly, said Queensland was chosen as the site for the new facility because of its strong prospects for future growth, proximity to major customers and because expanding on the site of Visy’s existing corrugated box factory at Staplyton made sound commercial sense.

“We also found the Queensland Government, the Gold Coast Council and their representatives very proactive in encouraging our plans for this plant and for our future planned investments in the State,” he said

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