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New paper mill will use all-recycled fibre

United States – The Norampac division of Canada’s Cascades Paper, a producer of ‘green’ packaging and tissue products from recovered material, is building a new corrugated paper mill.

The Greenpac mill will operate alongside an existing Norampac facility in Niagara Falls, New York State. The US$ 430 million plant will produce lightweight linerboard from 100% recycled fibre. A single machine with a working width of 8.33 metres will have a production capacity of 540 000 short tonnes per year, making it one of the largest of its kind in North America.

‘The mill will include numerous technological advances. The linerboard it will produce will achieve optimal strength while maintaining a low basis weight, allowing our customers to better respond to the growing trend towards lightweight packaging,’ said Marc-André Dépin, President and CEO of Norampac.

Recovery operations controlled in-house by Cascades will be responsible for fibre supply to the new mill. The company said there were numerous large-scale sources of corrugated containers in the region.

The building and the machinery will be designed for optimal energy efficiency and process water will be treated and reused in order to reduce consumption.

Metso in Finland is supplying the paper machine, and German manufacturer Voith the stock preparation equipment and anaerobic effluent treatment plant. Another German company, Siemens, will provide the power and control systems.

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