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Posted June 01, 2018 09:24:52 Australia’s biggest paper-manufacturing industry has lost one of its biggest jobs.
The ABC has obtained a letter from the company which outlines its plans to close down the iconic Australian Paper Co. headquarters in Melbourne.
The company, which employs more than 3,000 people, was sold to Australian Paper Group last year.
“The decision to close the Australian Paper factory is made with no further notice, subject to regulatory approval,” the letter says.
“Our workforce and our assets are highly valued and we have a long history of investment in Australia, and our employees and their families are proud of our contribution to the Australian community.”
The closure of the plant is expected to be completed by September, with the factory expected to shut down in 2019.
“Australia is a vibrant, vibrant economy, and we look forward to a strong future in our company,” Australian Paper Chief Executive Officer Andrew Gulledge said in a statement.
“This is a challenging time for the company, and the closure of Australian Paper will not affect our customers or the quality of our products.”
The letter also outlines the company’s plans to replace workers with robots, as part of a strategy to keep production costs low.
“With our current technology, we are able to operate our business at a competitive rate, and to produce more than $20 million worth of Australian paper per week,” Gull Edge said.
“We are currently developing robots to reduce the cost of our operations and to provide a better working environment for our employees.
We are also working on the development of new manufacturing technologies, and are excited to share this exciting news with our employees.”
The company also revealed the closure would not affect any of its staff or the local communities.
“These are long-term decisions, and will have no impact on the communities where the Australian paper plant is located,” the company said in the statement.