International Paper invests around 13 million euros in Emballages Laurent to meet the growing e-commerce demand for cardboard packaging in France

Laurent Packaging, owned by International Paper in Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire), will benefit from an investment of around 13 million euros to adapt its production capacity to the growth of e-commerce and provide customers with a greater choice of sustainable packaging.

International Paper, the world leader in the packaging industry based on fibers and absorbent paper pulp, announced an important investment of around 13 million euros to increase the production capacity of its factory located in Chalon-sur-Saône, in Saône-Saône. et-Loire. The aim is to meet the growing demand for cardboard boxes and corrugated packaging in the e-commerce sector. International Paper offers practical and sustainable packaging solutions.

A sustainable investment for the economy of Chalon-sur-Saône

This is the biggest investment made on the Chalon site since 2016, which will allow for the creation of local jobs. The current equipment will be complemented, notably, with the addition of four new cardboard converting lines, consisting of two machines with four glued stitches, a rotary die cutting machine and a flat bed die cutting machine. This investment will increase the mill’s production capacity by more than 50%, allowing International Paper to offer customers in the region an even greater choice of premium corrugated packaging solutions. This investment, which started at the end of 2021 with the installation of one machine, will continue in the second quarter of 2022 with the installation of another two machines, and will be concluded with the installation of the fourth machine at the end of 2022 .

“We are delighted to announce this strategic investment that will strengthen our production capacity and create new jobs locally. It is essential that our company position itself for the long term in an industry as dynamic as e-commerce, but also continue to effectively serve our existing customers,” said Marc Garnier, Managing Director of International Paper’s Chalon -sur – board mill. Saône (Emballages Laurent SAS).

A similar investment will be made at the Saint-Langis-lès-Mortagne site in Orne. The two projects will create up to 50 new jobs in France.

A growth strategy for International Paper in an attractive market

The investment forms part of the International Paper Group’s €35 million ($40 million) commitment to France and Spain to meet growing demand from the e-commerce sector by increasing its total production capacity in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by 10%. E-commerce is a growing consumer of cardboard boxes and corrugated packaging in the EMEA region: In recent years, e-commerce has grown steadily by an average of 10% per year in the region, with a recent acceleration due to Covid-19. 19 pandemic. For International Paper, therefore, it is strategic to be able to meet this demand, in line with the group’s growth objective in the packaging sector.

Innovative products, integrated in the circular economy

International Paper offers its customers increasingly innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, which are part of a circular economy scheme. The company seeks to design products from reclaimed fibers that are 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable, manufactured along a value chain that is itself committed to the path of sobriety and decarbonisation. Efforts are also focused on developing solutions tailored to customer needs to reduce waste and limit excess packaging: thus, products can be customized to suit the shape of the goods they protect.

“Our customers and consumers are demanding products that contribute to a more sustainable, low-carbon future,” added Marc Garnier. “We make products that people trust every day and we help deliver a positive customer experience, seeking to advance circular solutions across our value chain. »

About Laurent SAS Packaging (International Paper) from Chalon-sur-Saône

Built in 1937, the Chalon-sur-Saône mill has been part of the International Paper group since 1991 and today employs around 230 people. The factory is a benchmark in its sector in the region and provides premium quality corrugated packaging solutions to customers in the wine and champagne, pharmaceutical cosmetics, water and pharmaceutical, food and e-commerce sectors. It is one of the main employers in the Chalon-sur-Saône agglomeration.

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