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Opal opens for business in Wodonga


Opal Wodonga

Paper and packaging company Opal has opened its new $140 million world class manufacturing facility for cardboard packaging at Wodonga, backing hundreds of jobs.

The new facility located at Logic Wodonga will support more than 400 direct and flow-on jobs.

The highly automated manufacturing site will produce recycled and recyclable fibre packaging to meet increased domestic demand for fibreboard – a sustainable material used for a range of cardboard box packaging products.

Sustainability played a central role in the design of the new facility, which has a total footprint of approximately 55,000m2 and features water harvesting capabilities and solar power generation to reduce energy consumption.

More than 450 direct and indirect workers were involved in the construction and installation of machinery at the site.

Opal is one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest paper and fibre packaging manufacturers and is part of the Nippon Paper Group, with the Wodonga facility adding to the company’s strong workforce.

The project supports Victoria’s $33 billion manufacturing industry which is a driving force of the state’s economy, comprising 24,000 businesses, supporting more than 260,000 jobs and underpinning $23.9 billion in exports.

Wodonga Logic is an industrial estate located on Australia’s premium Hume freeway freight corridor and is a crucial road and rail logistics precinct for national supply chains.