What began in 1868 on the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River, today contributes over $900 million annually to Australia’s GDP. Below are some of the key steps in our 150 year paper making journey.
Melbourne’s first paper mill is established by Samuel Ramsden on the banks of the Yarra River at Southbank.
Australian Paper Mills Company formed, combining the mill at Southbank with others in Broadford and Geelong.
Amcor commenced operations trading as Australian Paper Manufacturers Limited (APM).
APM plants first pine seedlings for future pulp production.
Construction of Maryvale Mill begins in Morwell.
First production of pulp.
First pilot runs of paper produced.
No.1 paper machine begins production.
Production of wood cellulose as substitute gun cotton for Australian defence forces in WW2.
APM Forests is formed to establish plantations close to the mill.
No.4 paper machine begins production of liner board for cardboard boxes.
Maryvale celebrates 50 years of production.
Maryvale No.5 machine begins production of high performance office paper.
PaperlinX including Australian Paper, listed on the ASX following demerger from Amcor.
Australian Paper becomes a foundation member of FSC® Australia.
New ECF light bleaching plant at Maryvale.
Nippon Paper Group purchases Australian Paper from PaperlinX.
Maryvale $90 million wastepaper recycling plant begins production.
80 years of papermaking at Maryvale.