By Cindy Macdonald
Nov. 3, 2015 – Cascades Inc. is investing $26.4 million at its Norampac corrugated board conversion plant in Drummondville, Que., to install a new corrugator that will double the plant’s production capacity.
The current building will be expanded by 45,000 sq. ft. to accommodate the new equipment from BHS Corrugated of Germany. The expansion should be complete by mid-November, and the new corrugator will be operational as of January 2016.
“Today’s announcement is part of our strategic plan aiming to focus our efforts and investments in the packaging and tissue paper strategic sectors. This process is beginning to show results,” explained Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades.
Norampac chief operating officer Charles Malo said the new corrugator will be the first of its kind in Canada, and noted that it is one of the fastest in the world. “This project is an opportunity to reinforce our leadership in the market and show our dedication to our clientele. Our customers are the reason for our existence and, now more than ever, we wish to improve our service offer with innovative products that meet the highest industry standards,” said Malo.
A corrugator assembles linerboard and medium to produce a rigid corrugated sheet. The unit supplied by BHS has an innovative quality control system, and machine width of 110 in. It can manufacture board at a rate of 450 m /min.
As well as increasing capacity, the new equipment should provide Norampac with the ability to produce higher quality packaging with greater speed of execution. Adding new equipment at the cutting edge of technology will also help reduce operating costs, the company states.
The Norampac Drummondville facility was founded in 1985 and was bought by Cascades in 1992. The mill converts corrugated board, making packaging for the manufacturing sector, and the food, textile and shoe industries from linerboard and medium supplied by Norampac’s containerboard mills. The mill also recently installed Martin and Evol printing presses.