The investment includes the extension of the Cascades Sonoco plant 4, square meters , installation of a new ultramodern and high-production coextrusion coating machine, workforce training and other pre-operating expenses. The new machine is equipped with an in-line slitting section, a first for this type of equipment. Finished product can be made according to customer specifications, without adding the traditional slitter-winder step. Operating at a maximum speed of meters per minute, the new machine can extrude up to three different types of polymers. It will allow the Kingsey Falls operation to diversify its production beyond the pulp and paper industry and easily be operated for other market needs.
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Numerous partners, clients, suppliers and employees took part in the event. These water-based functional and barrier coatings are designed to replace the non-compostable applications traditionally used in the design of folding carton take-out containers.
The coatings can also replace the wax used in the corrugated industry. The new production line adds to the diversity of the products offered by the Cascades Sonoco facility in Birmingham, which has a core business of manufacturing roll headers and roll wraps for the pulp and paper industry. The plant employs approximately 75 workers and the new machine will create 20 long-term jobs. The expansion of the Birmingham facility and the installation of the new production line took place in Cascades would like to thank its many customers, partners, suppliers and employees who made this project possible, particularly the State of Alabama, Jefferson County and the municipality of Birmingham, for their support.
To learn more, visit www. About Cascades Founded in , Cascades offers sustainable, innovative and value-added solutions for packaging, hygiene and recovery needs. The company employs 11, women and men, who work in over 90 production units in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on, while contributing to the well-being of people, communities and the planet.
For more information on the company, visit our website www. About Sonoco Founded in , Sonoco NYSE:SON is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. For more information on the company, visit its website: www.
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