Sod has been turned on beverage manufacturer Frucor Suntory’s new $400 million manufacturing facility near Ipswich, QLD.
Following last month’s Development Application approval, Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick visited the 17-hectare, greenfield site at Swanbank to inspect the project’s early works.
“Ipswich is the perfect location for this job-creating manufacturing project. The New-Gen Business Park is only six kilometres from the Ipswich CBD and in close proximity to South-East Queensland’s arterial road network,” the Treasurer said.
“Once completed, the factory will be able to process, package, warehouse and distribute beverages for its Australian customers. The facility is expected to have immediate capability to produce up to 20 million cases of drinks each year, with capacity to significantly scale up in the future, as needed.
“In a boost to the local economy, around 450 construction and installation jobs will be supported through the development phase.
“Additionally, 160 long-term jobs will be created when the facility commences operations in mid-2024, which is great news for Ipswich and its surrounding communities.”
The Treasurer met with Suntory representatives on his recent overseas trade mission to discuss the project and the enduring Queensland-Japan trade and investment relationship.
“Japanese companies like Suntory recognise the clear benefits of investing in Queensland,” the Treasurer said.
“This project is an incredible coup for Queensland and the already flourishing communities of Ipswich, Redbank Plains, Springfield and Ripley Valley, which will benefit from the investment and job opportunities created.
“The Queensland Government is pleased to be supporting this project and others like it through our Invested in Queensland program that is attracting significant, job-creating investment projects across the state.”
Frucor Suntory’s CEO Darren Fullerton said the company was excited to move forward with construction and towards making the new facility a reality for Ipswich.
“It’s a pleasure to stand here today and discuss our vision for the new facility and the critical role it will play in strengthening our Oceania supply chain as we cater for increasing consumer and retailer demand,” said Fullerton.
“As we take this next step, we are looking forward to partnering more closely with the local community and regional businesses.
“Vital to this project’s success is partnership across all levels of government and today we thank both the Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council for supporting this project at this critical milestone.”
Frucor Suntory is the Oceania subsidiary of international Japanese beverage manufacturer, Suntory Group.