KapStone Invests $15 Million for Upgrades to No. 3 PM at Roanoke Rapids, NC

June 3, 2011 (Press Release) - On a mission to drive continual improvement in kraft paper production, KapStone Paper and Packaging invests $15.2MM in upgrades of its No. 3 PM in Roanoke Rapids, NC. With an annual capacity of 205,000 tons, the lightweight kraft paper products manufactured on this machine are primarily sold into the shipping sack, refuse bag and coating and laminating market segments. A total of $5.8MM has been invested in the last three years resulting in strength enhancements, improved contaminant removal and reduction in overall process and product variability. By the fall of 2011, an additional $9.4MM will be invested for even further modernization improving overall energy efficiency, reliability and performance.

Understanding Changing Market Demands

Listening to the customer and the changing needs of the market, equipment was installed to improve contaminant removal, providing a cleaner product for food grade packaging.

Improvement in Key Properties

Making a good product better, that is KapStone's focus. These investments have improved key properties for kraft paper grades, emphasizing continual process and product variability reduction. Most notable of the improvements is the CD TEA increase by as much as 39%.

Energy Efficiency

In an effort to continuously improve our carbon footprint, KapStone is investing in technology to become more energy efficient, reducing steam usage and electrical demand.

Using KapStone's natural fiber kraft paper grades to fulfill your packaging needs is an environmentally sound and prudent business choice. KapStone's Kraft Papers provide solid performance, strength and reliable functionality while consuming the least amount of fiber to do the job. Kraft papers are energy efficient and carbon-neutral, and provide very high recoverable fiber value when recycled. KapStone's Kraft Paper products maintain SFI® and PEFC® Chain of Custody Certifications.

SOURCE: KapStone Paper and Packaging