Kotkamills, a manufacturer of fully recyclable food service board, is currently exploring the possibility of establishing its own sales office in the North America. The launch of production in the still growing North American food packaging market is also being explored. “There is great interest in our products as alternatives to replace plastic also in North America, and by establishing a sales office we are pursuing growth in these huge markets. By operating close to the markets we can improve our customer service and, when needed, growth is supported by production built or acquired close to the markets. Starting our own production in North America is a vision, and the first steps in exploring it have already been taken,” says Kotkamills CEO Markku Hämäläinen.
Announced jointly by Kruger Products and the Government of Québec in July 2016, the $55-million investment to purchase and install PM8 received a $39.5-million loan from Investissement Québec, which is acting as an agent of the Government of Québec in this project. Kruger Products also received support from the Joliette RCM and the Municipality of Crabtree – through the Fonds de développement des territoires – Fonds d’aide aux entreprises volet 2 (Territories Development Fund – Business Assistance Fund, stream 2) – to complete this investment. The Company also took the opportunity to reveal its recent acquisition of a new $12-million winder.
This new, more efficient machine manufactures paper products for the away-from-home market and will enable the Crabtree Plant to boost its annual production by 29%. The Crabtree Plant now has plenty of room to grow over the coming years.
“I am very proud to acknowledge the outstanding work done by all the teams that brilliantly took up the challenge to complete this large-scale project within a very tight timeline. I would also like to point out that the start-up was a success because of the importance given to health and safety throughout the construction phase.”, said Mario Gosselin, CEO of Kruger Products L.P.
PM8 will manufacture 30,000 metric tonnes of paper products annually for the away-from-home market, which includes restaurants and hotels, businesses and institutions. This project, which represents an investment of $67 million, including the paper machine and the purchase of a new winder, required 180,000 hours of work over eleven months.