Sydney, 24 March 2010 – Solaris Paper, an affiliate of Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) and supplier of high quality tissue products, has announced plans to initially invest $20 million in a state-of-the-art conversion facility in Australia.
Australian operated and managed Solaris Paper will distribute high quality tissue paper products throughout the Australasia region to both retail and away-from-home markets using bulk tissue from responsible sources. The conversion facility will be based in the new $420 million industrial estate at Greystanes, on the site of the former Prospect Quarry, and will initially create around 50 jobs in Western Sydney.
The Solaris Paper conversion facility will be an 18,600 square metre site occupying 3.8 hectares in the 47 hectare Greystanes industrial estate, owned and developed by DEXUS Property Group. Key factors in selecting the site included location close to key infrastructure, the state-of-the-art design and sustainability features of the site.
“We are pleased to announce a substantial investment in the Australian pulp and paper industry through the creation of a conversion plant in Greystanes, an area of Sydney which is currently experiencing rapid growth. Initially, the move into Sydney will result in new employment opportunities in the area and this is likely to continue as we expand our investment in the coming years,” said Steve Nicholson, Director of Corporate Affairs, Solaris Paper.
"We very much hope that this investment will be the new beginning in a long-term commitment to provide responsibly produced tissue products to the Australian market, giving Australian consumers quality tissue product and enhancing competition in the domestic market."
Solaris' Greystanes facility will be equipped with a modern and environmentally efficient production line which will produce high quality value-added tissue products including facial and toilet tissues, napkins and paper towels.
Andrew Whiteside, Head of Industrial at DEXUS said, “We are delighted to welcome Solaris as a cornerstone tenant to our new industrial estate at Greystanes and partner with them in the development of their new facility. Construction of their facility is well underway and will incorporate features to achieve design and sustainability excellence. We were pleased to be selected by Solaris on the quality of our estate and our ability to offer certainty of delivery, with Greystanes being the only new major industrial estate zoned and equipped with the necessary infrastructure and with the team ready to act and deliver to Solaris’s exacting time frame.”
Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Paul Garrard said, “We welcome Solaris Paper to Greystanes and look forward to the employment opportunities this provides to the community here. The decision by Solaris to locate at the Greystanes site is testimony to the facilities and support Parramatta can offer the business community.”
Aida Greenbury, Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement, Asia Pulp and Paper Group said, "APP has been serving the Australian community for over twenty years. We look forward to taking this opportunity to demonstrate to our Australian stakeholders that our pulp and paper production is among the most environmentally sustainable in the industry. APP is an Asia-Pacific based manufacturer and we’re committed to long-term sustainable pulp and paper production in the region, including in Australasia. We hope to be able to build on this initial investment in the Australian tissue market which will create jobs and increase choice for consumers."
Solaris Paper is an Australian managed and operated affiliate of Asia Pulp & Paper Group. In Australia Solaris Paper provides tissue, kitchen and toiletry products to the retail and away-from-home markets.
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