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Kruger is Set to Begin Production of New Specialty Papers
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Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 10 July 2018 -- (News release) -- Kruger Inc., which is about to start producing new specialty products at its Brompton Mill, today provided an update on the diversification and modernization of its paper mills in Québec. Since 2015, the Company has invested more than $500 million in Québec to convert existing equipment, purchase new equipment, modernize some facilities, and diversify into new growth products, helping at the same time to protect more than 1,200 jobs in the Mauricie, Estrie and Lanaudière regions.

New Specialty Niches

Announced in September 2017, the diversification project concerns more specifically the Brompton Newsprint Mill and the Wayagamack Coated Paper Mill. It represents investments totalling $107.5 million over three years to develop new markets for both mills and to offset the decrease in demand for traditional products such as newsprint and other publication papers.

The new niches include lightweight packaging products for the food and retail sectors, as well as labelling products. Customers in these markets are looking for eco-friendly alternatives to reduce the use of plastic, which is one of the numerous advantages of the products that Kruger Specialty Papers will be offering packaging manufacturers.

As stipulated in the timeline for Phase 1 of the diversification project, Kruger will begin production of new products by the end of July at its Brompton Mill and by December at its Wayagamack Mill. The first diversification phase will see several products added to Kruger's current offering, including super-calendered kraft paper (SCK) and coated one side paper (C1S) for the manufacture of lightweight packaging and labelling products, as well as food packaging paper.

A Bold Transformation

In recent years, Kruger implemented a bold strategy to diversify its Québec paper mills in response to the rapid decline of the publication papers market. The transformation began with the conversion of the No. 10 Newsprint Machine in Trois-Rivières for the production of 100% recycled lightweight and high-strength linerboard. The $250-million project, completed in the spring of 2017, breathed new life into the Trois-Rivières Mill and protected some 270 jobs in the Mauricie Region.

While the Trois-Rivières Mill was being transformed, Kruger Inc.'s Tissue Products Division (Kruger Products L.P.) completed investments totalling $67 million to add a new paper machine and a new converting line to its Crabtree (Joliette) plant. This project helped to consolidate 640 jobs in the Lanaudière Region.

New Beginnings at the Brompton Mill

The Brompton Mill, which has exclusively manufactured newsprint to date, will be the first to benefit from the diversification project. The introduction of new products by the end of July will help protect some 200 jobs at the mill, while enabling Kruger to reduce its overall annual newsprint production by 200,000 tonnes at the end of the project.

The Wayagamack Mill in Trois-Rivières will maintain its coated paper production, but will start to manufacture new products in December.

The Exclusive Advantage of CF

Kruger has the advantage of being the only company in North America that has a cellulose filament (CF) plant. CF is an environmentally friendly strengthening agent that makes paper lighter and stronger. This exclusive advantage will enable Kruger to offer sustainable, high-performance alternatives to products that are currently available on the market for specialty packaging and labelling manufacturers.

Products that are Better for the Environment

Kruger is proud to provide environmentally friendly solutions for the packaging and labelling sectors. It earned the EcoVadis Silver level rating after its very first assessment by this international organization that assesses corporate social responsibility (CSR).

In addition, Kruger's and its subsidiaries' plants and products are certified to internationally recognized standards, such as FSC®, SFI, PFOA-Free, UL EcoLogoM, HACCP, ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and ISO 18000.

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