Kruger Products has begun construction of a new tissue plant in Sherbrooke, Québec.
The new plant will be situated adjacent to an existing Kruger paper mill and will house a through-air-dry (TAD) machine. Kruger says TAD is the world’s most advanced ultra-premium tissue manufacturing technology. TAD uses less fibre to obtain a bulkier, stronger ultra-premium product that is softer and more absorbent. The Sherbrooke complex will also include converting lines.
Ultimately, the plant will manufacture approximately 70,000 metric tonnes a year of ultra-premium bathroom tissue and paper towels under the Cashmere, SpongeTowels and Purex brands.
The company says its $575 million investment will create 180 jobs, as well as some 1700 direct and indirect jobs during construction, which will be completed in 2021.