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Amcor Rigid Plastics invests $7m in PET bottle plant

By Jenny Eagle+

25-Apr-2017

The opening of the PET bottle production plant in Texas. Picture: Amcor
The opening of the PET bottle production plant in Texas. Picture: Amcor

Amcor Rigid Plastics has invested $7m to expand its relationship with Campbell Soup Co. opening a bottle manufacturing plant in Paris, Texas.

The factory will produce 46oz and 64oz PET containers for a range of V8 Vegetable Juice products and is expected to produce approximately 50 million hot-fillable polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles a year.

Reduced freight costs

Larry Weber, VP/GM, beverage business unit, Amcor North America, said the production site will increase the number of bottles it produces for Campbell and it will be more sustainable for the company thanks to reduced freight costs and carbon emissions.

He said the facility will keep over 2,000 truckloads of containers off the road each year and eliminate over 376 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions which are equivalent to 901,246 miles driven annually by an average passenger vehicle.

Previously, Amcor supplied Campbell with PET containers from its Fort Worth, Texas manufacturing plant.

We’re excited about establishing this on-site operation because it expands our long-time strategic partnership with Campbell and gives us an opportunity to better serve a key strategic customer,” said Weber.

Beverage filling plants

Amcor has had a blow molding plant at Campbell’s beverage production facility in Napoleon, Ohio, since 2004, where it produces 150 million hot-fill PET containers annually.

It has similar hot-fill facilities at several beverage filling plants throughout the US.

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Amcor Rigid Plastics is a subsidiary of Amcor Ltd.

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