International Paper is investing nearly €13 million in Embalages Laurent to meet the growing e-commerce demand for carton packaging in France.

Laurent Packaging, owned by International Paper of Chalon-sur-Saône (Saône-et-Loire), will benefit from an investment of approximately 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’s leading manufacturer of packaging based on fibers and absorbent paper pulp, has announced a significant investment of nearly €13 million to increase the production capacity of its plant located in Chalon-sur-Saône, in Saône-Loire. The goal is to meet the growing demand for carton boxes and corrugated cartons in the e-commerce sector. International Paper offers practical and sustainable packaging solutions.

A sustainable investment for the Chalon-sur-Saône economy

This is the largest investment made in the Chalon site since 2016, which will enable local job creation. The existing equipment will be complemented remarkably by the addition of four new carton turning lines, comprising two bonding four-point machines, one rotary die-cutting machine and one flat-bed die-cutting machine. This investment will increase the plant’s production capacity by more than 50%, allowing International Paper to provide customers in the region with a 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 two other machines, and will be completed with the installation of the fourth machine at the end of 2022.

We are pleased to announce this strategic investment that will enhance our production capacity and create new job opportunities locally. It is essential for our company to position itself for the long term in a dynamic sector such as e-commerce, but also to continue to serve our existing customers effectively”, stated Marc Garnier, Managing Director of the International Paperboard Mill of Chalons-Tyre-Saone (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.

Growth strategy for international paper in an attractive market

This investment is 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, and to increase its overall production capacity in the EMEA region by 10%. E-commerce is a growing consumer of cartons and corrugated packaging in EMEA: over the past few years, e-commerce has been growing steadily at a rate of 10% annually in the region, with an acceleration recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For international paper, 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 the most innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, which fit into a circular economy scheme. The company strives to design products from recovered fibers that are 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable, and manufactured across the value chain that commits itself to the path of sobriety and decarbonization. Efforts are also focused on developing solutions tailored to customer needs to reduce waste and reduce over-packaging: thus, products can be customized to fit the format 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 create products that people depend on every day, help deliver a positive customer experience, and strive to develop circular solutions across the entire value chain.”

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

Established in 1937, the Chalon-sur-Saône factory has been part of the International Paper group since 1991 and today employs approximately 230 people. The factory is a reference in its sector in the region and provides high quality corrugated cardboard packaging solutions to clients in the wine, champagne, pharmaceutical cosmetics, water, pharmaceutical, food and e-commerce sectors. It is one of the main employers of the Chalon-sur-Saone conglomerate.

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