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Cascades Invests $4M into Deinking

September 19, 2011

Cascades Fine Papers Group last week inaugurated its $3.7 million investment in new deinking equipment at the Breakey Fibres mill.

Since 1985, the Breakey Fibres mill has specialized in the manufacture of recycled deinked kraft pulp, mainly used in the production of Cascades’ fine papers, such as the Rolland Enviro100 family of products. The new deinking investment is also recognized as an initiative to help protect jobs amid the continued struggles of paper manufacturers in North America.  

“This investment shows our commitment to maintaining our competitive edge in a down economy and challenging market situation. We believe that innovation is the key to our company’s growth,” said Alain Lemaire, President and CEO of the parent company, Cascades.

Started in 2010, this deinking initiative required the purchase of several types of equipment, including a flotation cell, washers/thickeners, a disperser, and a clarifier. The project also involved the expansion of the building located in Breakeyville, Quebec. As a result of this investment, according to Cascades, pulp quality has greatly improved with visible dirt and glue residue each decreasing by 50 percent, while the whiteness has slightly increased.

“We consider this to be a very significant benefit, especially as the quality of raw materials – waste paper to be recycled – is declining more and more. We believe this investment will allow us to remain competitive in continuing to offer high-quality recycled products,” said Luc Langevin, President and CEO of Cascades Specialty Products Group.

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