Sonoco announces business contractions in France and US

26 October 2015 (Last Updated October 26th, 2015 18:30)

Packaging firm Sonoco intends to sell its uncoated recycled coreboard mill in France, which was previously operated by its subsidiary Sonoco-Alcore.

Packaging firm Sonoco intends to sell its uncoated recycled coreboard mill in France, which was previously operated by its subsidiary Sonoco-Alcore.

Located in Schweighouse-sur-Moder commune, the facility has been operational since 1878 and is one of the 20 paper mills owned by Sonoco worldwide.

Equipped with two machines, the production unit has a cumulative capacity of 95,000t.

"The new Ultralight option offers our customers exceptional performance for a great price."

The firm is also set to close its packaging plant in New Albany, Indiana, US, by August 2016.

This New Albany plant was contracted to produce paper and metal cans for Pillsbury's dough products and deliver them by conveyor to the adjacent Pillsbury facility.

The closure is expected to result in job losses for 76 workers, reports Associated Press.

A wholly owned subsidiary for US-based Sonoco, Sonoco-Alcore operates 29 tubes and cores plants, as well as five paperboard mills in Europe.

The entity manufactures 100% recyclable tubes and cores, including PrinTex cores and Hi-Radius cores. It also offers services to customers across the paper, film, man-made fibre yarn, metal and construction industries.

Sonoco had launched new FlatStack Ultralight in September, as a part of its existing range of FlatStack paperboard tier sheets.

The new product can work as an alternative for lightweight gypsum and paperboard sheets, and is manufactured from 100% recycled fibres.

Sonoco sheets account manager Michael Krawson previously said: "The new Ultralight option offers our customers exceptional performance for a great price.

"It comes straight from our paper mills, meaning we can assure consistency in quality and security of supply."