Cascades Sonoco Expansion

Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of Sonoco Products Co., Hartsville, South Carolina, and Cascades Inc., Canada, announced the investment of approximately $16 million for the expansion of its existing Birmingham, Alabama, facility. This investment in world-class water based coating technology will provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using its new FlexShield™, FluteSHIELD®, and SurfSHIELD™ coating technology.

These coatings, recently introduced to the folding carton and corrugated industries, are water-based functional and barrier coatings designed to replace the standard LDPE coating used in take-out container folding carton applications, as well as wax replacement technology for the corrugated industry. They offer solutions that are recyclable, repulpable, and compostable.

“This investment represents a significant geographic expansion for water-based products by Cascades Sonoco, especially in the fast-growing southeastern U.S.,” said Rodger Fuller, SVP of Sonoco’s Paper & Engineered Carriers, U.S. & Canada, and Display & Packaging. With this exciting addition to its product portfolio, Cascades Sonoco remains dedicated to maintain its market leadership position in protective roll packaging for the paper industry.”

Installation of the new equipment and expansion of the existing Birmingham facility will begin early this year, and startup is expected in the second quarter of 2018. Once at full capacity, the new water-based coating line will be capable of producing 40,000 – 50,000 tons of sustainable coated materials annually.  

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