Atlantic Packaging Products announced today, plans to re-open their Whitby Ontario Mill in March of 2013. The former newsprint mill has been upgraded with technology that will allow Atlantic Packaging to produce 100% recycled lightweight paper used to manufacture high performance corrugated packaging products.
Recycled lightweight paper has been around in Europe for many years. The paper is made using less fiber and is enhanced for strength. The result is a much lighter, stronger and more sustainable product. President of Atlantic Packaging, Dave Boles adds “In North America, the term lightweight has been primarily used in reference to the basis weight of the paper, with little or no emphasis on strength. What we’re talking about is a disruptive technology that is capable of producing low basis weights (lighter paper) with sustainability and strength characteristics unlike anything in corrugated packaging today.” Dave continued, “Sustainability objectives from large retailers are driving the industry forward, and soon Atlantic will be in a position to provide our customers with the most sustainable corrugated packaging option available in North America.”
The Whitby Mill is the 2nd Atlantic paper mill to open in the last 6 years. In 2006 Atlantic opened the New Forest Mill as part of a joint venture with Mitchel-Lincoln, the leading corrugated packaging company in the province of Quebec.