Opal is an innovative and solutions led paper and packaging group striving for excellence in everything we do. A member of NIPPON PAPER GROUP, Opal has operations in Australia and New Zealand, making us one of Australasia’s leading packaging companies.
At Opal we are focused on targeting a number of areas to secure our success in the future. These include partnering with our customers, delivering innovative solutions and leveraging research and technology.
At Opal our high quality, innovative products are used every day all over Australia and New Zealand. We are committed to a circular economy approach through recycling, and procuring wood fibre from responsibly managed sources.
Due to the unplanned end of VicForests wood supply last year, in February Opal reached the decision to end white pulp and paper manufacturing at the Maryvale Mill.
This included closing Paper Machine 5 (M5) which previously made copy paper including market leading Reflex.
Unfortunately, the lack of VicForests supply means Maryvale Mill has insufficient wood to continue to manufacture any white paper products.
As a result of the end of VicForests supply, and following previous team member consultation, Opal has decided to close M2 which is the smallest machine on site, previously manufacturing both white and brown packaging paper.
This situation will lead to changes in our manufacturing program, for example, we are continuing to work towards the future transfer of some brown M2 products to the M3 machine.
We have targeted the closure of M2 to take effect in late August, but this timing will be informed by a number of considerations, including customer discussions.
Opal has commenced consultation with our affected team members and their representatives on the impact of this decision.
The health, safety and wellbeing of our team members remains a core focus and Opal is providing additional support through our Employee Assistance Program and other onsite services at the Maryvale Mill.
Although the Maryvale Mill is no longer producing white paper, M1, M3 and M4 will continue to make brown paper and board for the growing fibre packaging market in Australia and New Zealand.
Despite the heavy financial burden from this unplanned situation, Opal is seeking a successful transition of the Maryvale Mill into a commercially sustainable manufacturing operation.
The Maryvale Energy from Waste (EfW) facility is important to securing the Mill’s future energy needs and the consortium partners are committed to continuing to move this project forward.
Opal appreciates the difficulties of the current situation and is committed to keeping our team members, customers and key stakeholders updated on further developments.