Japanese manufacturer opens for business in Queensland

12 Mar 2018

Oji Fibre Solutions (OjiFS), the New Zealand subsidiary of Japanese manufacturer Oji Holdings Corporation (Oji Holdings), has opened its A$72 million corrugated box manufacturing facility in the Gold Coast suburb of Yatala.

Cameron Dick, Queensland Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, says the factory opening is the culmination of years of work by Oji’s leadership, the 300 workers who built this factory, the company’s 70 employees and the Queensland Government, from which OjiFS received support as part of the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.

OjiFS’ Yatala factory is capable of producing a kilometre of cardboard every three minutes to produce corrugated packaging products for use by fruit and produce, meat, industrial, fast-moving consumer goods, paper products and consumer durables. The factory has five-star green credentials including a rainwater harvesting system, reducing potable water consumption by 80 per cent and a 100kW Solar PV System.

OjiFS’ success in Yatala is set to extend, with the company announcing plans to open three satellite manufacturing sites in other Queensland locations. Dr Jon Ryder, CEO of OjiFS, says the Queensland Government’s support was a major factor in the company building the Yatala factory and expanding across the state.

‘While demand for corrugated packaging in Australia is growing roughly at 2 per cent a year, we expect growth in Queensland to be more than twice that, driven by local and export growth in horticulture, meat and processed food segments, which are well suited to OjiFS’ high-performance products.’

In July 2017, OjiFS’ Yatala site was used as the official launch site of Austrade’s Japanese Investment in Australia – a trusted partnership report (PDF). Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo MP, launched the report, which was published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the bilateral Japan-Australia Agreement on Commerce, signed in 1957.

OjiFS is co-owned by Oji Holdings, one of the world’s largest forest, paper and packaging producers with a billion-dollar-plus turnover; and Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, a Japanese private-public investment entity.