Packaging and recycling company creates 75 jobs

01 June, 2017

75 high-tech jobs will be created in the Waikato with the construction of a corrugated packaging plant at Hamilton Airport. Visy Board New Zealand is behind the $100 million factory, which is to be established on an 8.5-hectare site at the airport.

It's a state-of-the-art facility that will use the world's best technology, Visy Board NZ general manager Andrew Gleason said.

"Robots is the wrong thing to say, but everything is computer-controlled and very technically advanced," Gleason said.

"We're creating 75 jobs that will require a skilled workforce, which we expect to recruit from the local area and train ourselves.

"It's not mindless work. The work's very interesting and technically advanced, the factory will be advanced and it's a good opportunity for people who want a career in this business."

A lot of the roles will be to ensure the technical equipment onsite is operated properly, Gleason said.

"It's a good thing, because it means these aren't just ordinary jobs."

The company uses a corrugator to combine large rolls of paper to make a sheet of cardboard. The cardboard is then conveyed to a finishing machine, Gleason said. Visy Board NZ already has a factory in Auckland, but a growing customer base caused that factory to reach capacity early.

"Export supply chains associated with food processing, fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products are all doing very well and we're benefiting from that growth.

"Another factory means we can expand and further the market for many years to come."

Gleason said the airport location is ideal and has a better reach to the hinterland of the North Island.

"Hamilton is a large city in its own right, with its own industry, but it is also on the transport routes – it's a transportation hub."

Waipa District Mayor Jim Mylchreest is thrilled to welcome Visy Board to the district.

"The Visy development will fit in perfectly with the existing technology hub at the airport and joins a variety of other international organisations that are making the most of this location," Mylchreest said.

"As a council, we welcome developments such as this and our teams have worked closely with Visy Board to make sure the development could happen. Being one of the biggest factories in our district, the facility is definite proof that Waipa is open for business."

Mylchreest said that, increasingly, more businesses are interested in the airport location.

"It's a large lot development site and with recent improvements to the expressway, it's more than ideal.

"It's fantastic news for the airport and for Waipa."

Visy is a privately owned packaging and recycling company operating across more than 120 sites in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. Construction of the new factory began in April and is due to be completed early in 2018. 

 - Stuff

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