Atlantic Packaging to open its Whitby Ontario Mill
Upgraded mill will become first high-performance lightweight recycled paper mill in North America.
November 14, 2012 By Andrew Joseph
TORONTO—Atlantic Packaging Products has announced it will re-open its Whitby Ontario Mill in March of 2013… which also means job openings.
Atlantic Packaging has upgraded the former newsprint with new technology to allow the company to produce 100 per cent recycled lightweight paper that will be used to manufacture high performance corrugated packaging products.
While recycled lightweight paper has been around in Europe for many years, this revamped mill will be the first in North America produce such a product.
The paper is made using less fiber and is enhanced for strength. The result is a much lighter, stronger and more sustainable product.
“In North America, the term lightweight has been primarily used in reference to the basis weight of the paper, with little or no emphasis on strength. What we’re talking about is a disruptive technology that is capable of producing low basis weights (lighter paper) with sustainability and strength characteristics unlike anything in corrugated packaging today,” says Atlantic Packaging president Dave Boles.
He adds: “Sustainability objectives from large retailers are driving the industry forward, and soon Atlantic will be in a position to provide our customers with the most sustainable corrugated packaging option available in North America.”
The Whitby Mill is the second Atlantic Packaging paper mill to open in the past six years, as in 2006 it opened the New Forest Mill as part of a joint venture with Mitchel-Lincoln, the leading corrugated packaging company in the province of Quebec.