Sustainable packaging manufacturer Cascades has decided to make a strategic investment in order to expand two of its facilities in Quebec, Canada.

Specialised in producing fresh food packaging from recycled plastic, both units will be upgraded using $4.5m worth of investments.

The project will be carried out at Plastiques Cascades plant in Kingsey Falls and its Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville.

"The goal is to increase the company’s market share in the food packaging sector."

Cascades intend to use around $3.5m at the Plastiques Cascades plant, which will support the addition of a pre-padding solution to the production line. New automated packaging lines will also be installed, replacing a thermoforming line at the facility.

The firm will be investing $1m into installing a new thermoforming line at the Cascades Inopak plant.

Cascades president and CEO Mario Plourde said: "The investments announced today are directly in line with our strategic plan to focus our investments on two major sectors: packaging and tissue products.

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"The goal is to increase the company’s market share in the food packaging sector, by continuing to propose innovative products that ensure an optimal shelf life for food and reduce our environmental footprint."

As well as enhancing production capacities, the upgrades are also expected to bring down physical strains associated with specific activities at the facility, which aim to ensure a safer work environment for the staff.

The Plastiques and Inopak plants are part of the Cascades Speciality Products Group.

The Kingsey Falls plastic plant is used by the company to manufacture polystyrene food trays for processing plants and grocers. The trays are made with 25% recycled content and used to package fresh food products such as meat, poultry and seafood.

Cascades Inopak produces food packaging products and consumer goods made from PETE (polyethylene terephthalate) with a minimum of 60% post-consumer recycled content.