Kruger Specialty Papers’ Trois-Rivières facility delivered its first shipment of bleached thermomechanical pulp (TMP) earlier this year, allowing the Wayagamack Mill to expand its product portfolio into a wider range of brightness levels. In total, C$40 million was invested to build the new bleached TMP plant at Kruger Trois-Rivières and to upgrade production at Wayagamack.
Launched in September 2017, Kruger’s SPEK project is a three-year initiative to develop new markets for the Brompton, Wayagamack and Trois-Rivières mills as part of Kruger’s strategy to diversify its production and complement its product portfolio.
Upon launching SPEK, Kruger also created its new Specialty Papers division, which is leveraging the company’s papermaking expertise, production facilities and customer service infrastructure to introduce sustainable products. Target markets for these new products include lightweight packaging for the food and retail industries, labelling and digital printing, the company explains.
This expansion of Wayagamack’s product portfolio was achieved less than six months after another important SPEK project milestone. In August 2018, the Brompton Mill introduced new specialty grades and reached its targets in terms of production volume, product quality and sales.
In addition, the company says the Wayagamack and Brompton mills may benefit from their access to a steady supply of cellulose filaments (CF) from Kruger Biomaterials. The eco-friendly strengthening additive helps make the paper lighter and stronger.
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