Cascades puts $3.7 million into Quebec plant
By Canadian Packaging StaffSustainability Cascades Cascades Specialty Products Group Fabrication Sustainability kraft pulp
New de-inking equipment for Breakeyville plant to help protect jobs and create a better quality kraft paper.
Alain Lemaire, president and chief executive officer of Cascades, and Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group, have inaugurated the recent addition of $3.7 million in new de-inking equipment at its Cascades Fine Papers Group Breakey Fibres mill.
Strategically focused on producing de-inked kraft pulp of the highest quality, this strategic investment will drive improvements in the quality of Cascades’ fine papers, while also protecting jobs.
Begun in 2010, the project added several types of equipment, including a flotation cell, washers/thickeners, a disperser and a clarifier, and involved the expansion of the Breakeyville, Que. building.
Always committed to sustainable development, Cascades took its focus on recovery to a new level by sourcing equipment from various plants. Says Lemaire: “This investment shows our commitment to maintaining our competitive edge in a down economy and challenging market situation. We believe that innovation is the key to our company’s growth.”
As a result of this investment, Cascadees’ pulp quality has greatly improved. Visible dirt and glue residue have each decreased by 50 per cent, while the whiteness has also slightly increased.
“We consider this to be a very significant benefit, especially as the quality of raw materials – waste paper to be recycled – is declining more and more. We believe this investment will allow us to remain competitive in continuing to offer high quality recycled products,” states Langevin.
Since 1985, the Breakey Fibres mill has specialized in the manufacture of recycled deinked kraft pulp, mainly used in the production of Cascades’ fine papers, such as the Rolland Enviro100 family of products.
About Cascades Specialty Products Group
Cascades Specialty Products Group is a leader in Industrial Packaging, Consumer Product Packaging, Specialty Papers, Recovery and Recycling. The Group has 48 business units located in North America and Europe and employs over 2500 people.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibers. Cascades employs more than 11,000 employees who work in more than 100 production units located in N.A. and Europe. Cascades’ management philosophy, its more than 45 years of experience in recycling, its continued efforts in research and development are strengths which enable the company to create new products for its customers.
For more information, visit www.cascades.com.