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Cascades Sonoco Plans $16m Investment at Birmingham Facility in US

Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of recycled fibre packaging company Cascades and Sonoco, is planning to invest approximately $16m at its facility in Birmingham, Alabama, US to support development of new product line.

The investment at the site will focus on expanding the plant and installation of new equipment including water based coating technology.

Cascades Sonoco said that the technology will provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using its new FlexShield, FluteSHIELD and SurfSHIELD coating technology.  

Recently introduced to the folding carton and corrugated industries, the new coatings are designed to allow creation of recyclable, repulpable, compostable take-out containers.

Sonoco Paper & Engineered Carriers, US and Canada, and Display and Packaging senior vice-president Rodger Fuller said: “This investment represents a significant geographic expansion for water-based products by Cascades Sonoco, especially in the fast-growing Southeastern US.

“With this exciting addition to its product portfolio, Cascades Sonoco remains dedicated to maintain its market leadership position in protective roll packaging for the paper industry.”

The firm noted that the water-based functional and barrier coatings will replace the standard low-density polyethylene (LDPE) coating used in take-out container folding carton applications as well as wax replacement technology for the corrugated industry.

Expansion and equipment Installation work at the site is slated to begin early this year and complete in the second quarter of 2018.

Cascades Specialty Products Group president and COO Luc Langevin said: “This strategic investment certainly helps Cascades Sonoco expand its product offerings into high-growth consumer-oriented markets.”

Upon completion, the facility will have capacity to produce 40,000-50,000 tons of sustainable coated materials annually.

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