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Cascades Sonoco to Invest $16 Million in Expansion of Its Birmingham Coating Facility

FluteSHIELD and SurfSHIELD coating technology

Feb. 24, 2017 - Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of Sonoco Products Company and Cascades Inc. today announced the investment of approximately $16 million US for the expansion of its existing Birmingham, Alabama facility. This investment in water-based coating technology will provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using its new FlexShield™, FluteSHIELD® and SurfSHIELD™ coating technology.

According to Cascades Sonoco, these coatings, recently introduced to the folding carton and corrugated industries, are revolutionary 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 United States," said Rodger Fuller, Senior Vice-President of Sonoco's Paper & Engineered Carriers, U.S. & Canada, and Display & Packaging.

Installation of the new equipment and expansion of the existing Birmingham facility will begin early this year, and start-up 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.

Cascades Sonoco offers a full range of options for functional and barrier coating, lamination & coloring. To learn more, please visit: www.cascades-sonoco.com.

SOURCE: Cascades Sonoco