Zacpac makes $25m Qld expansion

Packaging printer Zacpac is expanding production to Queensland from its Sydney base with the opening of a $25m facility on the Gold Coast to service consistent growth.

The company has seen 32 to 35 per cent growth in each of the past three years, and is making significant investments after winning several big multinational clients in the food and beverage, personal care, and wine markets.

The 8000sqm purpose-built site in Stapylton opens next year will ramp up the company’s production of its corrugated packaging, litho laminated packaging and litho cartons.

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Director John Zac says the expansion is all about living up to the new clients’ expectations while maintaining service for existing customers.

“These large customers expect good service, top quality and fast turnaround between order placement and delivery,” he says.

“We have had to come through to give them everything they expect from their supplier.

“We are expanding our production areas and spreading them further apart so we can reach all of our customers without having to travel too far.”

The new production hub will complement Zacpac’s existing distribution warehouse on the Gold Coast and shorten turnaround times for customers based as far north as Cairns and all the way down to Melbourne.

The 23-year-old firm has one production plant in Sydney, with more than 180 staff on the factory floor, and by the end of this year the Queensland operation site should have 30 employees, up from its current workforce of 17.

For now, machines and equipment are being installed one by one as driveways are finished and footings finalised. The plan is to grow the new site to the size of the Sydney business.

Zac says the short run segment of the market is also largely protected from overseas competitors, which struggle to provide cost-effective short runs within fast turnarounds due to shipping times.

“Three years ago I decided I wanted to be able to grow when everybody else was feeling the pinch. It is a different way of looking at it, but our business has always grown when everybody else has been reducing,” he says.

“My opposition has eliminated quite a few plants and streamlined a lot of things, so while they are cutting back we are expanding.”

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