The new URB machine represents the company’s transition to fully recycled fibres at the Hartsville Mill Complex.
Sonoco expects the transition to improve its long-term sustainability commitment by reducing its electricity consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and total water usage.
In addition, the company anticipates the new operations to save annual costs by $30m by 2024.
Sonoco chief operating officer Rodger Fuller said: “We are excited to share the successful launch of our updated #10 machine.
“This machine was designed to be one of the largest and lowest-cost producers of URB in the world—paving the way for the future of our Hartsville paper mill complex and our global position as a high-quality URB provider.
“With these state-of-the-art capabilities, Sonoco is able to produce a wider range of high-value paper grades to serve our industrial and consumer converted products businesses and external trade customers.”
Through Project Horizon, Sonoco aims to improve the feasibility and sustainability of its 100-year-old Hartsville Mill Complex.
The mill produces nearly one-third of the company’s US and Canadian URB.
Following the launch of the #10 URB machine, Sonoco will permanently close its #1 and #9 cylinder machines by the end of this month.
Fuller added: “The start-up of the #10 machine is an important milestone for Sonoco to demonstrate our ability to update and improve long-standing machines to meet changing market conditions and better serve our customers.”
In July this year, Sonoco added capabilities for the post-consumer recovery and recycling of paper cups at its paperboard mill in Hartsville.