Amcor Flexibles completes expansion project in France aimed at boosting its capacity, production expertise in sterilizable packaging applications

MELBOURNE, Australia , March 14, 2012 (press release) – Amcor Flexibles has completed a major investment to increase the capacity and production expertise in innovative sterilisable packaging applications. This has created leaner manufacturing and improved quality assurance for business partners. The investment reinforces Amcor’s commitment to both hospital and medical marketplaces whilst also supporting ongoing efforts to bring significant benefits to customers.

This major renovation and upgrade took place at Amcor Flexibles Coulommiers in France, which has played a leading role in the supply of sterilisation pouches and reels to hospitals and medical device manufacturers for over 30 years.

During the course of the expansion operation, all bag converting machines were transferred under one single roof and improvements were also made to increase the size of the production area, enabling productivity targets to be realised.

Additionally, the expansion has also created optimal safety conditions for co-workers to operate according to GMP standards with the extension of the clean room. In addition to holding ISO 9001, 13485, 14001 certifications and packaging products compliance with EN ISO 11607-1 and EN868-5, AF Coulommiers is now accredited with ISO 8 standards (air treatment) to meet market hygiene requirements.

Commenting on the renovation and expansion project, AF Coulommiers’ Plant General Manager, Daniel Harbon, said: "The recent expansion programme further improves our production potential and is evidence of the company’s ongoing commitment to delivering efficient and innovative packaging solutions to our customers. A dedicated team was appointed to oversee the implementation of this project and we are delighted that it was completed on time and within budget without disruption to our production schedule. The enormous benefits of the expansion will help us grow our offer to the European and Global territories and enhance our status as a Centre of Excellence for Converted Medical Packaging".

About Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas

With 69 plants in 23 countries, Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas, a division of Amcor, is a market leader and the world's largest supplier of flexible packaging. We deliver innovative packaging solutions and provide enhanced quality products for the food, beverage, pharma, personal care, medical and industrial markets. Its award winning approach towards sustainability makes Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas the preferred partner for customers looking for responsible packaging solutions. For more information visit www.amcor.com.
About Amcor

Amcor Limited is a global leader in responsible packaging solutions, employing more than 33,000 people worldwide, operating in 42 countries across 300 sites. Amcor supplies a broad range of plastic (rigid and flexible), fibre, metal and glass packaging solutions to enhance the products consumers use in everyday life. Amcor also provides packaging-related services that help customers succeed through collaboration and innovation driven by art and science. Amcor is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. For more information visit www.amcor.com.

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