Kruger Packaging announces important transformation project at its Place Turcot mill

Kruger Packaging recently announced investments of over $30 million to modernize its Place Turcot Containerboard Mill in Montréal. With this important transformation to be completed in 2025, the Place Turcot facility will be the first in North America to manufacture 100% recycled saturating kraft board, a product that is used to make high-pressure laminates for furniture, countertops and decorative paneling.

The project was announced during a press conference held at the Place Turcot facility in the presence of the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, who was standing in for the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources; Maïté Blanchette Vézina, Québec Minister of Natural Resources and Forests; Maxime Cossette, Corporate Vice President, Fibre, Biomaterials and Sustainability at Kruger; and Stéphane Deshaies, General Manager of the Place Turcot Containerboard Mill.

In support of this innovative project, the government of Canada is contributing $10 million through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program, while the Québec government is providing a combined sum of more than $3 million through the Innovation Bois Program, as well as the ÉcoPerformance program, which stems from the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy.

In addition to eco-friendly saturating kraft board, Place Turcot will make other specialty products from 100% recycled fibres, including gypsum board paper, customized board for residential construction, folding box board for FDA-compliant food packaging, and white top linerboard. The transformation project will help to secure the Mill’s 153 jobs and contribute to reducing its overall environmental footprint, while also reinforcing Kruger’s leadership as the largest recycler of paper and paperboard in Canada.

“The Government of Canada is partnering with industry and workers to reduce emissions and create better products to meet global demand. Today we announced a $10-million investment in Kruger Place Turcot Mill in Montreal. This investment will result in a state-of-the art recycled product while reducing emissions and supporting good jobs”, says Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada.

“Companies play an essential role in the energy transition and our government is proud to support them in their modernization. Kruger Packaging’s process improvement project will have a positive effect on the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions. This announcement is in line with our 2030 Plan for a Green Economy and with our Energy Transition, Innovation and Efficiency Master Plan.” – Benoît Charette, Québec Minister of the Environment, the Fight Against Climate Change, Wildlife and Parks, and Minister Responsible for the Laurentides Region.

A key aspect of the Place Turcot Mill’s transformation is the implementation of state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. Together with upgrades to manufacturing equipment, these new capabilities will enable the plant to increase its productivity, reduce waste, and diversify its product lines to meet growing market demand for saturating kraft and other specialty paper grades.

The modernization will allow Place Turcot, which is the only consumer of old corrugated containers (OCC) in the Greater Montréal area, to consolidate its role as a crucial player in the circular economy. The Mill consumes the equivalent of all OCC generated in the region. The Mill is also expected to reduce its GHG emissions by more than 2,200 tonnes per year once the modernization is completed.

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