Kruger started-up its new PM8 machine at its Crabtree Plant in Canada. According to the announcement, the CAD 55 million investment to purchase and install the machine received a CAD 39.5 million loan from Investissement Québec, which is acting as an agent of the Government of Québec in this project.
The project represents an investment of CAD 67 million, including the paper machine and the purchase of a new winder, required 180,000 hours of work over eleven months.
PM8 will manufacture 30kt of paper products annually for the away-from-home market, which includes restaurants and hotels, businesses and institutions. It will enable the Crabtree Plant to boost its annual production by 29%.
Mario Gosselin, CEO of Kruger Products, commented:
“I am very proud to acknowledge the outstanding work done by all the teams that brilliantly took up the challenge to complete this large-scale project within a very tight timeline. I would also like to point out that the start-up was a success because of the importance given to health and safety throughout the construction phase.”
Kruger Products also received support from the Joliette RCM and the Municipality of Crabtree – through the Fonds de développement des territoires – Fonds d’aide aux entreprises volet 2 (Territories Development Fund – Business Assistance Fund, stream 2) – to complete this investment. The company also took the opportunity to reveal its recent acquisition of a new CAD 12-million winder.
Earlier Kruger and Government of Québec formed Kruger Specialty Papers Holding in Canada
The company is a major producer of publication papers, tissue products, containerboard and packaging made from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy, cellulosic biomaterials, and wines and spirits. It is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger Inc. has facilities in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Tennessee, Maine, New York, Virginia and Rhode Island in the U.S.