Business South October 2021

100 | Hi-tech facility a major investment T T Richard Loader Oji Fibre Solutions has invested $100m investment in a new hi-tech packaging facility in Christchurch. DEVELOPMENT Oji Fibre Industrial • Commercial • Residential “Quality Solutions delivered on Time” INVERCARGILL QUEENSTOWN DUNEDIN CHRISTCHURCH Orion approved Electrical Contractor • Project Management Design • Electrical Testing & Commissioning • Electrical Reticulation • Cable Delivery & Laying • Full trenching and reinstatement services • Hydroexcavation • Electronic Cable Location & Recording • 400V to 11kv Switchgear Installation • LV Overhead Works (Specialising in rural connections and maintenance) • Supply and Installation of Streetlights • Traffic Management • As-Built Drawings and GPS location PJL ARE PROUD TO SUPPORT OJI FIBRE SOLUTIONS | OFFERING A WIDE RANGE OF ELECTRICAL SERVICES (03) 323 9540 21 Kainga Road, Christchurch 8083 POWER JOINTING (2018) LTD. O ji Fibre Solutions $100 million in- vestment in a new hi-tech packaging facility in Christchurch to replace its existing facility reflects Oji Group’s ambition, determination and capacity to grow its New Zealand operations. Since purchasing the pulp, paper and packaging business from Carter Holt Harvey in 2014, there has been a significant step up in investment with a $30 million upgrade to a paper bag making facility in Auckland and a $60 million transformation of the Tasman mill in central North Island. The company is also working on a $200 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment systems at its Kinleith Mill. A vertically integrated business, Oji Fibre Solutions produces pulp and cardboard at Kin- lieth, which is then converted into sustainable packaging products used in New Zealand for cradling primary produce for export. “Our products are ideal for that,” says Group Manager Philip Millichamp. “We’re really good at making strong boxes that hold up in cool store environments, which can be quite tough on packaging. And that comes from the good old pinus radiata. It’s a long fibre material and suitable for our products.” Oji Fibre has eight packaging facilities spread throughout New Zealand and the Christchurch facility serves the whole South Island, supported by a number of Satellite distribution centres including Nelson, Central Otago and Invercargill. Philip says over 100 people are employed in the main packaging facility in Christchurch and the distribution centres. The new Christchurch plant is located in Establishment Drive, a short distance from the existing site in Shands Road, Hornby and will employ 75 staff. The $100 million investment in Christchurch is split 50/50 between land/building and the high-tech equipment that is being sourced from Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. The new automated site will ensure cus- tomers’ needs are met both now and into the future. “Building a new plant provided the opportunity to modernise,” explains Philip. “The decision to go to a new site also provided the opportunity to expand. The current plan is to produce the same tonnage of boxes that the existing site produces but there is scope to grow with our customers and increase capacity significantly. “The new equipment is very modern and will include robots, which creates a number of efficiencies that the older plant did not have, making it a pleasant and safer place to work. The new equipment will also enable us to make subtle improvements to an already high quality product.” Using state of the art equipment will allow more efficient operation and lower energy use per product with fewer emissions, and there will be a new trade waste treatment system. Phillip says in the long term there is capacity to move towards renewable energy. Once the new plant is operational the old plant will be decommissioned.