Cascades Inc. has invested more than $13 million with the installation of two new Mitsubishi printing presses into its Norampac plants in Vaudreuil and Drummondville, Quebec, which specialize in manufacturing corrugated packaging products.
“This major investment in Québec is part of our efforts to modernize Norampac's and Cascades’ assets,” stated Charles Malo, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for Packaging at Norampac. “Similar investments were made at several of Norampac's corrugated converting plants in Ontario, and productivity at the plants increased significantly.”
The Mitsubishi Evol press at the Vaudreuil plant has been in operation since September 2014, and the press at the Drummondville plant was commissioned at the beginning of November. Mitsubishi explains its Evol 100 press can be set up in two minutes by two operators and run at 350 blanks per minute. The press handles a maximum sheet size of 37.4 inches long by 100.59 inches wide.
"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,” stated Alain Lemaire, Cascades' Executive Chairman of the Board. “[This] 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.”
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs close to 12,000 people, who work in over a hundred production units in North America and Europe.