Cascades inaugurates $3.5M automation project
Cascades Forma-Pak has inaugurated a new machine used in the manufacturing of moulded pulp products.
KINGSEY FALLS, Que.: Cascades Forma-Pak has inaugurated a new machine used in the manufacturing of moulded pulp products.
The Kingsey, Que. manufacturer of paper packaging invested $3.5 million in the machine and the automation of existing equipment. A project to secure the machines was also implemented to improve employee safety.
“Located in the heart of the city of Kingsey Falls, the plant is limited in terms of space. Rather than expand, we’ve completely redesigned it to accommodate more equipment and increase its efficiency,” said chief operating officer Mario Plourde.
Cascades said the changes will increase the plant’s production capacity by 40%. There are also significant quality gains in finishing and packaging. Automation is allowing greater packaging rigidity, which adds up to 20% more products on trucks for delivery.
Cascades Forma-Pak manufactures 100% recycled moulded pulp products using old newspapers and telephone directories as raw material. The plant specializes in egg filler flats as well as cup carriers used for the transport of beverages for fast food restaurants.
“It was time to modernize this plant… Since moulded pulp material is fully recycled and recyclable, we believe that it is a product with a future, especially with a packaging industry that increasingly demands more responsible solutions,” said Plourde.