Feds contribute $10M to Kruger’s mill transformation project
February 10, 2023 By CFI Staff
Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General David Lametti today announced a federal contribution of $10 million to Kruger Packaging for the transformation of the Kruger Place Turcot mill in Montreal into North America’s first mill to produce 100 per cent recycled saturating kraft.
“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,” said Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson.
The contribution is made through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, which supports Canada’s forest sector in remaining globally competitive through targeted investments in advanced technologies.
This innovative change puts Kruger Place Turcot mill on the map globally. Not only is Kruger the only consumer of recycled old corrugated containers in the greater Montreal region, with its new state-of-the-art machine-learning and artificial intelligence technologies it will also increase productivity, reduce mill waste and diversify its product line to meet growing markets for new saturating paper grades. As the first North American paper mill to manufacture 100-percent recycled saturating kraft, Kruger Place Turcot mill is expected to see emissions reductions of approximately 2,200 tonnes per year through this project, which is the equivalent of preventing over one million kilograms of coal from being burned annually.
The mill’s transformation will be completed in 2025 and is yet another example of how made-in-Canada solutions keep our air clean, grow our economy and create good, middle-class jobs.
The Canadian forest sector plays a vital role in providing sustainable resources and materials for Canadian and global markets. From energy-efficient construction, to recyclable everyday items, to new environmentally friendly designs and innovations, the Government of Canada continues to support this sector and the workers who power it.
Kraft paper products like construction board, cardboard folding boxes and packaging for food and beverage items are extremely durable and commonly used. As we ban harmful single-use plastics, sustainable and recyclable alternatives are becoming more important than ever.
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