Manufacturing investment and consolidation

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) wishes to announce the conclusion of its staff consultation period for a $23.1M manufacturing investment and consolidation of existing facilities for local production of the company’s juice, sports and lifestyle brands.

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ) wishes to announce the conclusion of its staff consultation period for a $23.1M manufacturing investment and consolidation of existing facilities for local production of the company’s juice, sports and lifestyle brands.

CCANZ is now in a position to confirm details of the restructure of four existing manufacturing locations into one purpose-built, high-tech production facility within a two year time frame. The location of the new facility will be in Auckland and the tender process for a site has begun.

The new facility is likely to be located close to CCANZ’s main manufacturing site in Mt Wellington and due to the improved hot fill technology employed will deliver even better manufacturing control, increased line speeds and efficiencies, whilst contributing to greater in-house local production and providing a platform for future growth. The consolidation of a number of geographically spread facilities into a single purpose-built site also presents a more environmentally sustainable manufacturing solution with an estimated 30% less energy use and 30% fewer truck movements. It will also support expansion into new product innovation and packaging formats.

CCANZ Managing Director Chris Litchfield says, “This latest project to enhance New Zealand manufacturing operations reflects confidence in our business performance from the wider CCA Group and Board. It also enables us to restructure fragmented operational facilities and replace aged technology in favour of future proofing our juice and sports beverage operations.”

The consolidation of facilities affects 61 roles with approximately 35 roles offered at the new facility. All affected staff have been supported throughout an extensive consultation period and are able to apply for the roles at the new facility or work through appropriate transition plans with the company.

Over the next 18-24 months existing juice production sites at East Tamaki and Hornby will close, one of CCANZ’s Oasis blow-mould lines will be relocated to the new facility and CCANZ’s contract with external packer Hansells in West Auckland will conclude. The aim is to have the new facility in operation by the end of March 2016.

CCANZ’s other three manufacturing sites in New Zealand (Mt Wellington, Putaruru, Woolston) are not affected.