Is recycling worth it? For most consumers, the answer is: yes! Survey data released by the Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB) in its 2018 Campaign Impact Report reveals that 83% of consumers surveyed agree recycling paper of all kinds is still worthwhile. The Impact Report also shows that the paper and packaging industry is viewed more favorably than other materials industries. In a separate survey about packaging, P+PB reports how consumers continue to rely on paper packaging as it plays a role in influencing their purchasing decisions. Products packaged in paper/cardboard were perceived as being more attractive and higher quality by roughly two thirds. Furthermore, 68% of consumers said they were most likely to buy something in a paper or cardboard package if given the choice between paper or plastic.
PaperWorks Industries said that it will make a strategic investment of more than $11 million CAD ($9 million USD) over the next year to expand the capabilities of its Boehmer Box folding carton manufacturing facility in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The plant was one of the facilities acquired from CanAmPac in July.
The investment in Boehmer will include new sheet-fed lithographic printing presses and related carton-making equipment.
The facility manufactures folding cartons for a variety of products including dry and frozen food, beverage, pharmaceutical, household goods, personal care and institutional foodservice.
Upgrading the 340,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space will enable Boehmer to increase carton production by almost 75 percent, PaperWorks said.
PaperWorks President and CEO, Kevin Kwilinski, emphasized that the investment will build on Boehmer’s current design and production capabilities for high-quality, offset litho-printed folding cartons.
“We purchased Boehmer Box because of its demonstrated excellence in operational effectiveness, customer service and quality,” Kwilinski said. “We now want to leverage that strong foundation to build a best-in-class site. The goal is to deliver even better quality and service to our growing folding carton customer base — from concept to carton commercialization.”
PaperWorks also is planning on adding 150 employees across all areas of pre-press and production at the Kitchener facility over the next year.