Cascades and Sonoco have announced the completion of a $14 million (€14.8m) investment by their joint venture, Cascades Conversion. The investment includes the extension of the Cascades Conversion plant in Kingsey Falls, the installation of a new high-production coextrusion coating machine, workforce training and other start-up costs.
With a production capacity of over 50,000 million tons, this new line can convert impressive amounts of either paper, board or other materials. Also, with the slit-in section of the equipment, a finished product can be made according to the specifications of the customers, and this without adding the slitter- winder step. This new technology is a first for this type of procedure.
Operating at a maximum speed of 450 meters per minute, this machine can extrude up to three different types of polymers. It will allow the mill to diversify its production, though having been designed in order to adapt to the pulp and paper industry, it can also be configured for other applications more specific to the food and beverage industry.
Production with the new equipment started in March and resulted in 10 new jobs.
Canadian-based Cascades is a leader in the manufacturing of packaging products. It employs more than 14,000 people and operates close to 160 operating units located in Canada, the United States, Mexico, France, England, Germany and Sweden. Sonoco is a $2.6 billion manufacturer of industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with approximately 300 operations and 18,000 employees in 32 countries serving customers in some 85 nations.