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Kruger’s new tissue plant on track for production in 2021


August 6, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Kruger Products’ forthcoming tissue plant is on schedule, the company says in its second-quarter financial report.

The company broke ground on its TAD Sherbrooke plant, located in Brompton, Quebec, in spring 2019. Machinery is in the ramp-up phase and paper production is expected to begin in early 2021.

“Despite a temporary halt to construction as we implemented COVID-19 procedures, we are pleased to report that TAD Sherbrooke remains on time and on budget,” says Dino Bianco, CEO of Kruger Products, in a statement. “As planned, the first converting-line started in July and the ramp-up is progressing well.”

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The plant will house a through-air-dry (TAD) tissue machine. TAD uses less fibre to obtain a bulkier, stronger ultra-premium product that is softer and more absorbent than traditional tissue.

Once fully commissioned, the plant will manufacture approximately 70,000 metric tonnes a year of ultra-premium bathroom tissue and paper towels.

“The new facility is central to our long-term North American growth strategy in the ultra-premium tissue segment,” says Bianco. “Furthermore, we have a fully committed sales pipeline in support of our largest investment in Kruger Products’ history.”