Market: Packaging Paper & Board
Posted November 18, 2016
Kruger's No. 10 Paper Machine (PM10) rebuild project proceeds on time and on budget at its Trois-Rivières mill in Quebec, Canada. The Company offered a behind-the-scenes look at the construction site of this the large-scale project that represents 500,000 person-hours of work over 20 months. Once the project is completed in May 2017, the Mill will start manufacturing 100% recycled lightweight and high-strength linerboard for which demand is increasing in North America and around the world.
The project is already generating major benefits for the Mauricie region and for Québec, as it involves no less than 80 local businesses. Approximately $135 million of the overall $250-million budget has been committed to date, including $40 million for Trois-Rivières suppliers and $60 million for suppliers elsewhere in Québec.
Some 200 workers are currently completing the pulp mill, which will supply the new production line with recycled fibre, while the Company makes the most of each PM10 maintenance shutdown to work on the paper machine. During the project’s final phase, from February 26 to May 7, 2017, PM10 will cease all newsprint production and more than 350 workers will work in rotating shifts for 20 hours a day to complete the rebuild.
Kruger has invested $250 million in the project to ensure optimal results, as PM10 will be completely rebuilt and as efficient as a new machine.
PM10’s annual production will total 360,000 metric tonnes of XTR linerboard, an exclusive product that Kruger Inc. will be the first to manufacture in North America. A portion of the production will be used by Kruger’s packaging plants in LaSalle, QC, and Brampton, ON, while the remainder will be sold to packaging manufacturers across Canada and the United States.
Kruger Packaging L.P. specializes in the manufacture of containerboard products and corrugated packaging solutions made from 100% recycled fibre.