Jack Sanders, president and chief executive officer, announced Sonoco will spend approximately $20 million to purchase a new triplex laminator and rotogravure printing press. The new laminator will be placed in the Company's Franklin, Ohio, plant and encompasses the very latest in three-layer lamination technology to produce high-quality laminates with minimum material waste, across a wide range of flexible substrates with varying thicknesses and a variety of adhesive systems. The investment supports Sonoco's growth in the hot-fill pouch market and sophisticated lamination structures. The new 11-color rotogravure press is based on the latest advances in registration control to allow for quick changeovers, thus improving production speeds and reducing waste while driving energy efficiency. The new press will be placed in the Company's Waco, Texas, plant and drive market growth using Sonoco's patented easy-open and reclose technology. Both the triplex laminator and rotogravure press are being purchased from Bobst Corporation and are targeted for startup in the second quarter of 2016.
Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in ecological recycling, packaging and hygiene solutions, is proud to have won the Ruby Award for innovation of the year in the confectionery industry thanks to its recyclable and insulating container northbox®.
Each year, the Ruby Awards recognize a product in the confectionery market that is a break-through innovation that helps advance the industry. This award is presented by the National Confectioners Association (NCA) during the Sweets & Snacks Expo, this year held in Chicago .
With the rise of e-commerce, there is an urgent need to reduce the environmental footprint of the thermal packaging used by the confectionery industry. Packaging is now an integral part of the brand experience, and the new generation of buyers understands its impact on the environment. Cascades is proud to be part of the solution with its isothermal container northbox® made of 100% recycled cardboard, which was designed to be recycled at the end of its life: a first for North America .
“Our most recent innovation, the northbox® level 2 insulator, is perfectly suited to parcel delivery of temperature-sensitive products during the summer season. We are delighted to offer the confectionery industry a recyclable alternative that preserves the freshness and integrity of their products during transport. We are very proud to have received this award,” said Luc Langevin , President and Chief Operating Officer of the Cascades Specialty Products Group.