STOCKHOLM, Feb. 21, 2014 (Press Release) - A $60 million expansion of the SCA Kawerau Tissue Facility in New Zealand was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key earlier this month, marking a new era for the iconic Bay of Plenty facility.
The Kawerau site has a long history of manufacturing Tork® tissue products, including toilet paper and hand towel for the Australian and New Zealand market. The world's number one professional hygiene brand, Tork supplies a range of products and services to customers ranging from restaurants and healthcare facilities to offices, schools and industries.
The expansion includes a new 14,500 square-metre tissue conversion hall, a 50 metre long state-of-the-art ‘wide-winding' machine and robotised packing and dispatch. These investments increase production of tissue products at the site by the equivalent of 22 forty foot containers each week. This follows the company's investment in converting the site's electricity-driven turbines to geothermal steam in 2009, contributing to a 45 per cent reduction in annual C02 emissions.
Sid Takla, Executive General Manager for Tork Professional Hygiene believes the new Kawerau site will deliver a step change not only for the Tork brand, but for all Australian and New Zealand tissue users.
"We have a long history of supplying locally made Tork tissue to Australians and New Zealanders, and our $60million investment to upgrade the Kawerau site will ensure we continue to provide world-class Tork products for years to come," Mr Takla said.
The Kawerau facility was established in 1959, and is a significant exporter of Tork tissue products to the Australian and other regional markets with an estimated 2,600 containers of product passing through the Port of Tauranga each year. Other than Tork products, which account for more than 60 per cent of production, the iconic Purex® and Handee® branded products are also manufactured at the site.
In addition to the expansion of the Kawerau facility, SCA has also invested $65million in upgrades to the production facilities at its Box Hill site in Australia. Announced in December last year, this upgrade includes the production of an innovative new range of Tork napkins, which will launch to market in the second half of 2014, as well as the popular Xpressnap® dispenser range, which was previously imported from SCA's global operations.
"It's an exciting time for Tork customers and for our employees," said Mr Takla, "We're committed to delivering innovative, hassle-free products that help our customers meet their sustainability goals - and these investments will certainly help us to achieve this vision for Tork."