VAUDREUIL, Que.—Recycled packaging and paper products maker Cascades Inc. said it has invested $13 million to install new printing presses at two Quebec plants operated by its Norampac Inc. division.
According to the company, it is installing Evol presses, manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., at its Vaudreuil and Drummondville plants in Quebec that make corrugated packaging.
“This major investment in Quebec is part of our efforts to modernize Norampac’s and Cascades’ assets,” Norampac vice-president and chief operating officer Charles Malo said in a statement. “Similar investments were made at several of Norampac’s corrugated converting plants in Ontario, and productivity at the plants increased significantly.
“We believe that the investments in Quebec will have the same positive spin-offs, allowing us to respond more quickly to our customers’ needs, offer packaging products of greater quality, and increase our productivity.”
The new press at the Vaudreuil plant has been in operation since September 2014, according to Cascades, while the press at the Drummondville plant was commissioned at the beginning of November.
“The new state-of-the-art equipment is part of our plan to increase our productivity and market share by focusing on strategic sectors as a means of keeping the company on track as we move forward,” Cascades executive board chair Alain Lemaire. “Today’s gesture demonstrates the trust we are placing in the employees at the Vaudreuil and Drummondville plants. Cascades will continue to grow here, as it will in the rest of North America.”