O-I expands New Zealand facility

Thursday, 17 August, 2006

Owens-Illinois (O-I) has announced a NZ$78 million expansion at its glass manufacturing facility in Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand.

The investment at Penrose will be spent on an additional energy-efficient furnace that will support the growing glass container and exported wine markets in New Zealand.

The furnace will be in full operation by the second half of 2007 and plans to increase the output of glass containers from the plant by 60%.

"The expansion at Penrose allows the company to broaden its market base in the Asia Pacific region by providing the market more locally manufactured glass," said Greg Ridder, President, O-I Asia Pacific.

"Additionally, it is good for the community as O-I will be using a significant amount of recycled glass currently in the waste stream for use in glass production."

The plant was established in 1922 and operates on the original 12 acre Penrose site. The plant operates two furnaces and four machines and employs 186 people. It supports the wine, beer, spirits, carbonated soft drink, juice and food industries.

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