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Containerboard: New Greenpac mill ramp on target to hit 1,500 tons next year, Norampac says

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Containerboard: New Greenpac mill ramp on target to hit 1,500 tons next year, Norampac says

November 08, 2013 - 09:24

OAKLAND, Nov. 8, 2013 (PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -Greenpac's new recycled containerboard machine ramp-up is proceeding on target and the company has been pleased "with the efficiency of the machine and the quality of the board," Cascadespres/CEO Mario Plourde said in the company's earnings call on Nov. 8.

"Average daily production during the quarter was 532 tons/day with recent peaks at over 1,300 tons/day on a nameplate capacity of 1,500 tons/day," Plourde said.

The Greenpac partnership mill, which is adjacent to Norampac's recycled corrugating medium mill in Niagara Falls, NY, started up July 15.

Plourde said the new mill, which is not consolidated with Norampac's results, already showed positive operating income before depreciation in September.

Of 38,000 tons the mill produced in its first 75 days of production, Norampac, which is managing partner with a 59.7% stake in Greenpac, purchased 18,000 tons, while the remainder was shipped mostly to four independent converter/partners and a small amount was sold to external customers, according to Norampacdivision pres/CEO Marc-Andre Depin.

Depin said the company expects to meet or beat its target of reaching 1,500 tons/day (540,000 tons/yr) in 2014. He said during the earnings call that Norampac hopes the new mill's capacity will be absorbed without having to close any of its old existing mills.

Greenpac's new PM is a 328-in trim Metso and produces 100% recycled linerboard in the 20-35 lb basis weight range.

Pratt Industries said it set a production record last month because its three containerboard mills produced 102,545 tons. It was the first time the firm has produced more than 100,000 tons in a month in the USA. Pratt makes linerboard and corrugating medium out of 100% recovered paper in Staten Island, NY, Conyers, GA, and Shreveport, LA. In October, the company said that the Staten Island mill produced 1,118 tons/day, its highest average ever average for a month, and Conyers produced a record 1,116 tons/day.