Kingsey Falls, Quebec based Cascades Containerboard Packaging was the recipient of the 2023 Innovator of the Year competition sponsored by AICC and Board Converting News.

The award was announced on September 20 during the AICC Annual Meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Cascades won for its 100 percent recycled SBS alternative used for color applications on packaging. The Innovator of the Year competition recognizes innovated solutions created by AICC box plant and supplier members that demonstrate efficiencies, productivity, product quality, and bottom-line profitability of the independent box plant. 

Cascades said their product is the first 100 percent recycled alternative to solid bleached sulfate or SBS that is available in the North American market.

Consisting of four-ply recycled brown paper covered with a white clay coating, Cascades developed the product to meet the industry’s high demand for SBS to solve issues related to shortage and scarcity of SBS in the market, offer a more sustainable alternative and deliver the same performance and print quality as SBS.

SBS is made of virgin fiber and until now there wasn’t any recycling options available on the market. This option offers the same benefits as SBS and is more sustainable.

In addition to replacing SBS, the new product can also be used as regular CRB or used as a recycled white liner for corrugated paperboard. It is available in 18- and 15- points, and in the future Cascades plans to launch it in 12- and 10-point versions. 

Also in the competition, Arden Software won second place for a bill of materials for packaging designers with the integrated parts library. EFI took third place for its 100 percent L.E.D. cured, non-odor, flexible and sustainable ink jet ink for corrugated.

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