KINGSEY FALLS, QC, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Cascades (TSX: CAS)
disclosed last week the names of the winners of the 3rd edition of the Sustainable Supplier Award, a contest that aims to acknowledge the commitment of its suppliers
towards sustainable development. Initiated by Cascades' Corporate
Procurement Department, this award enables the company to publicly
underline the efforts of suppliers who have a positive impact on its
products, processes, methods and manufacturing. Projects undertaken
were also assessed based on their environmental, social and economic
impact. Henkel and BASF earned top honours.
Henkel is a leader in adhesives, sealants and surface treatment. Founded
in 1876, the company has a strong concern for the environment,
continuous improvement of processes and product quality. Its
publications on sustainable development and its methodology "Achieving
more with less" is eloquent proof of its philosophy in this regard.
Cascades has rewarded Henkel for work well done in several Cascades
Tissue Group plants. After reviewing the group's manufacturing
processes, Henkel proposed a series of improvements which enabled the
company, among other things, to optimize processes, increase the speed
of its equipment, reduce the consumption of glues and, last but not
least, to improve the quality of its products.
While attending the award ceremony, Jeff Shope, Vice-President, North
America, seized the opportunity to invite Cascades' plant managers to
challenge his team in various ways. Which goes to show that all of
Henkel's efforts are focused on performance and value creation.
BASF is one of the leading chemical product companies in the world and
its history with Cascades is nothing new. This German company, which
employs close to 110,000 employees, has become one of Cascades' largest
chemical suppliers. A company of this magnitude that subscribes to a
sustainable approach provides real benefits to the entire business
community. Laurent Tainturier, President of BASF Canada, declared for
that matter that if all companies were as attentive to continuous
improvement as Cascades and BASF, the environmental, social and
economic benefits would be considerable.
BASF projects were carried out in Norampac's containerboard plants. The
use of new technology not only enabled an increase in this group's
productivity, but also a reduction in the basis weight of its products
and a reduction in the quantity of energy required to manufacture them.
These are all improvements that allow the company to remain
The Sustainable Supplier Award is a striking example of how important sustainable development is for
Cascades. According to Alain Lemaire, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Cascades, "if our products comply with the highest
environmental standards, it is partly due to our partners who provide
concrete solutions and who help us apply them".
The award ceremony was held during the annual meeting of Cascades plant
managers in North America, that is to say, in the presence of close to
100 people. An excellent venue for suppliers wishing to promote their
expertise to the other units of the company.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The
Company employs close to 11,000 employees, who work in more than 100
units located in North America and Europe. Its management philosophy,
its more than 45 years of experience in recycling and its continued
efforts in research and development are strengths that enable Cascades
to create new products for its customers. Cascades' shares trade on the
Toronto Stock Exchange, under the ticker symbol CAS.
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