Atlantic Packaging close to completing conversion of idle Whitby, ON, newsprint PM to containerboard

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Atlantic Packaging close to completing conversion of idle Whitby, ON, newsprint PM to containerboard

April 15, 2013 - 09:30

SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2013 (RISI) -Atlantic Packaging Products hopes to complete the conversion of the idle newsprint PM at its Whitby, ON, mill to containerboard by the end of April, according to contacts.

The machine would have capacity to produce 300,000 tons/yr of recycled lightweight containerboard but the net capacity addition reportedly would be more like 100,000 ton/yr because the company may indefinitely idle an older existing machine depending on market conditions.

Atlantic shut down the 260-in. trim newsprint machine in Whitby, on the eastern edge of Toronto, in March 2010. The 180,000 ton/yr gap former machine originally began operation in 1991 as Canada's first 100% recycled newsprint mill.

Privately owned Atlantic has an existing 211,000 tons/yr recycled containerboard machine (174 in trim) in Scarborough, ON, built in 1975. It also has a 50% interest in the adjacent New Forest Paper Mills, which started up a new 250,000 tons/yr lightweight recycled containerboard PM (197-in. trim) in 2006 in a partnership with converter Mitchel-Lincoln. Atlantic has four box plants in eastern Canada.

The new machine will reportedly use the latest European technology for producing lightweight containerboard "with sustainability and strength characteristics unlike anything in corrugated packaging today," noted Atlantic Packaging Pres David Boles in announcing the project last fall.