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Cascades plans $22m investment in folding carton and microlithography plants

Canadian manufacturer of green packaging Cascades is all set to invest $22m in several of the folding carton and microlithography plants of its Norampac Division in Canada.

As part of the investment, Cascades will install new equipment at the Viau (Montréal, Québec), Mississauga (Ontario), Winnipeg (Manitoba) and Cobourg (Ontario) plants. By the end of the first quarter of 2013, the Lachute (Québec) folding carton plant will be closed, and its customers will be transferred to other Norampac facilities.

The installation of modern and versatile equipment in the plants will lead to an improved synergy between the microlithography and folding cartons sectors. The upgrading of equipment will be achieved through the installation of two new presses in the Viau and Mississauga plants.

The optimization project also includes the installation of new equipment in the group’s other folding carton plants, including a new gluer in Winnipeg and forming equipment in Cobourg.

Norampac president and chief executive officer Marc-André Dépin said the folding carton market in Canada continues to be key to the company’s strategy in the packaging sector.

"These investments are in line with Cascades’ strategy that aims to modernize and improve the profitability of our packaging assets," Dépin added.