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Sonoco constructs plant in Turkey


May 25, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

To better serve its Turkish market, Sonoco is building an additional paper-based tube and core facility in Gaziante…

To better serve its Turkish market, Sonoco is building an additional paper-based tube and core facility in Gaziantep, Turkey. Designed to cater to the textile, film, papermill and general core markets, the new plant is anticipated to open and commence operations prior to the end of 2004.

The undertaking is a joint venture by both Sonoco and Ahlstrom Corporation. The two companies are awaiting regulatory approval. The new plant will provide between 14 and 18 workers with employment.

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Sonoco currently operates a tube and core plant in Bursa that largely ministers to the western part of Turkey. The new plant will target the south and eastern parts of the country, and will also provide an increased opportunity to serve the emerging textile and film core products markets in the Middle East.

The additional plant will facilitate the supply of coreboard used for conversion into the paper-based tubes and cores.

“Our coreboard used at Bursa is currently provided by our papermills in Kilkis, Greece,” said division vice president-industrial products and paper-Europe James A. Harell III. “This mill, however, had now exceeded its capacity. With the addition of the Gaziantep plant, additional coreboard will be supplied from our mills in central Europe.”


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