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Atlantic Packaging refitting newsprint mill for lightweight, high-performance paper

Pulp & Paper Canada
November 16, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada
Atlantic Packaging's shuttered newsprint mill in Whitby, Ont., will re-open in March producing low basis weight paper with "strength characteristics unlike anything in corrugated packaging today."
Atlantic Packaging's shuttered newsprint mill in Whitby, Ont., will re-open in March producing low basis weight paper with "strength characteristics unlike anything in corrugated packaging today."

Atlantic Packaging Products has announces plans to open the first high-performance lightweight recycled paper mill in North America. The company plans to re-open their Whitby, Ont., mill in March of 2013. The former newsprint mill has been upgraded with technology that will allow Atlantic Packaging to produce 100% recycled lightweight paper used to manufacture high-performance corrugated packaging products.

According to Atlantic Packaging, recycled lightweight paper has available in Europe for many years. The paper is made using less fibre and is enhanced for strength. The result is a much lighter, stronger and more sustainable product.

Dave Boles, president of Atlantic Packaging, says, “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."

Boles continues, “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 paper mill to open in recent years. In 2006, Atlantic opened the New Forest Mill as part of a joint venture with Mitchel-Lincoln, the leading corrugated packaging company in Quebec.

Atlantic Packaging Products is a vertically integrated packaging products company with interests in corrugated and flexible packaging, displays, and recycling.

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