SCA has opened its Kawerau tissue facility in New Zealand following a $60m expansion plan.

The site was opened by prime minister John Key and 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.

The site manufactures Tork® tissue products including toilet paper and hand towel for the Australian and New Zealand market and was
The investments increase production of tissue products at the site by the equivalent of 22 forty foot containers each week.

It follows the company’s investment in converting the site’s electricity-driven turbines to geothermal steam in 2009, contributing to a 45% reduction in annual C02 emissions.

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.

SCA’s Kawerau tissue facility following its $60m expansion plan
New Zealand prime minister John Key at the opening