Cascades Sonoco invests in eco-friendly food packaging

Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) and Sonoco Products Company, recently inaugurated the expansion of its facility in Birmingham, AL, and its new production line of innovative, eco-friendly packaging. The $US17-million investment enables the facility to produce a water-based functional coating solution to create recyclable, repulpable and compostable containers.

The equipment allows for the production of 50,000 tonnes/year of coated paper and paperboard using the company’s FlexShield™, FluteSHIELD® and SurfSHIELD™ waterbased coating technology. These coatings are designed to replace the non-compostable applications traditionally used in the design of folding-carton take-out containers. The coatings can also replace the wax used in the corrugated industry.

“(This) Cascades Sonoco investment in water-based coating solutions allows us to offer a greener alternative to our customers so that they, in turn, can meet the needs of the most discerning consumers when it comes to the environment,” said Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades. “Because they are recyclable, repulpable and compostable, this packaging can help the food service industry to significantly reduce its ecological footprint.”

The new production line adds to the diversity of the products offered by the Birmingham facility whose core business is the manufacture of roll headers and roll wraps for the pulp and paper industry. The plant employs about 75 workers and the new machine will create 20 long-term jobs.

Cascades Sonoco, www.cascades-sonoco.com

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