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Arclin’s concrete overlays to be made with Kraft paper

Arclin will manufacture HDO products with more environmentally friendly, cheaper paper


January 14, 2011
by Matt Powell

MISSISSAUGA‑Arclin plans to transition the manufacturing of its concrete overlays from bleached to unbleached Kraft paper.

A provider of bonding, surfacing and related products, the Mississauga based company says the new line of Kraft paper High Density Overlay (HDO) products will maintain the performance of existing products, but also extend the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

“We tried this product 10 years ago and the market didn’t accept it,” said Director of Marketing and Communications Kevin Griffin. “Nowadays, contractors are more aware of the importance of using environmentally friendly products.”

According to Griffin, the new paper will be cheaper, as it doesn’t require the same type of processing that the former bleached product does. The bleached paper contained expensive processing agents like titanium dioxide, which gives paper that glossy white appearance. The company said the transition will take about 15 months and should bring some stability to raw material sourcing.

Arclin’s  facilities will not be affected by the transition as it is already using the Kraft paper for other products, said Griffin.