Cascades Sonoco invests in water-based barrier coating for containers

Kingsey Falls, QC-based Cascades Inc. says that Cascades Sonoco, its joint venture with Sonoco Products Company, will invest about $US16 million to expand its existing Birmingham, AL, facility. The investment in water-based coating technology will provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using its new FlexSHIELD™, FluteSHIELD™ and SurfSHIELD™ coating technology. The coatings, recently introduced to the folding carton and corrugated industries, are described as revolutionary water-based functional and barrier coatings designed to replace the standard LDPE coating used in take-out container folding carton applications, as well as wax replacement technology for the corrugated industry. They offer solutions that are recyclable, repulpable and compostable, says Cascades Sonoco.

Installation of the new equipment and expansion of the existing Birmingham facility will begin early this year, and start-up is expected in the second quarter of 2018. Once at full capacity, the new water-based coating line will be capable of producing 40,000-50,000 tons of sustainable coated materials annually.

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