Cascades Invests $21M in Equipment for Packaging Plants

October 31, 2017

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Cascades Invests $21M in Equipment for Packaging Plants
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Canadian packaging and tissue firm Cascades Inc. is investing $31 million in new equipment for two Quebec manufacturing plants to expand production of eco-friendly packaging for fresh foods, the company announced Monday in a press release.

“The strategic investments announced today will strengthen Cascades’ position in the food packaging segment, by increasing our production capacity, thus providing the tools to increase our market share,” the president and chief executive officer of Cascades, Mario Plourde, said in a statement.

Moving to expand manufacturing of its Integral packaging brand made from recycled PET, $15 million will go toward expanding the size of its Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville, QC and install a high-performance rPET film production line, including a decontamination unit. The project is intended to boost the site’s production of Cascade’s Integral packaging brand made from recycled PET.

About $6 million is being invested equipment upgrades at the Plastiques Cascades plant in Kingsley Falls, QC, where Casacades produces EVOK, billed as “the first polystyrene foam tray in North America to contain at least 25% recycled materials.” The firm plans to boost the site’s production capacity by 25% and double the plant’s internal recycling capacity by adding a new extrusion line and two recycling lines.

“In addition to our fresh protein containers, we are pleased to provide our customers with produce packaging that offers unique environmental added value. Cascades is the first company in North America to manufacture low-density PET packaging containing 80% recycled PET,” said Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group, in the firm’s release. “Compared to the competition we can reduce the quantity of materials by approximately 10% for each container made.”

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