2013 Sustainable Supplier Award: Enzymatic Deinking Technologies, LLC Earned the Ultimate Honours

Pascal Aguettaz, Vice-President, Corporate Services, Cascades, James Tausche, CEO, EDT, Jean-Philippe Lalonde, Sales Manager, EDT, Mario Plourde, CEO, Cascades, and Stéphane Dubé, Vice-President, Procurement and Logistic, Cascades

On February 4, 2014, we disclosed the name of the winner of the fifth edition of the Sustainable Supplier Award, a distinction that aims to recognize best business practices among suppliers who have made a commitment to sustainable development. Initiated by the Company’s Corporate Procurement Department, this award enables us to publicly underline the efforts of suppliers who have a positive impact on our products, processes and manufacturing methods. Projects undertaken are also assessed on their environmental, social and economic impact. This year, Enzymatic Deinking Technologies, LLC (EDT) earned top honours!

About EDT

Suppliers play a crucial role in the value chain of manufacturing companies such as Cascades. We began working with EDT last year when the Norampac containerboard mill in Kingsey Falls was testing the use of enzymes at the same time that the product was introduced at the tissue papers mill in Oregon. The results were positive, and the enzymatic modification program using the Refinase® product line was launched in a dozen other paperboard and tissue-producing Cascades units in 2013.

What are Enzymes?

Enzymes are highly specific proteins that occur naturally and act as catalysts to drive biological or chemical processes. EDT’s business focuses on its knowledge of these macromolecules and how they can benefit the paper industry. By using a tailored enzyme blend paper mills can modify fibres and, as a result, their manufacturing process, yielding several positive enhancements. These include lower paper weight for the same physical strength, a reduction in drying energy and electricity consumption, better paper machine efficiency, higher fibre yield, reduced use of petroleum-based chemicals and improve water quality. In addition, enzyme products are recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as being among the safest products for paper mills, which is an added advantage in terms of worker safety.

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The Sustainable Supplier Award is a prime example of the importance we place on good business relations. According to Cascades CEO Mario Plourde, “Innovative products and manufacturing processes are often the result of concrete solutions proposed by suppliers. Taking the time to recognize these suppliers’ efforts and commitment is only fair.”

The prize was awarded at the annual meeting of the hundred or so Cascades plant managers in North America, an excellent venue for suppliers wishing to promote their expertise among even more mills, which whom they have not yet had the chance to work.

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About the Author
Marie-Eve Chapdelaine

Marie-Eve Chapdelaine is a specialist in sustainable development and has worked at Cascades since 2006. She is particularly interested in building public awareness and changing attitudes regarding social and environmental issues. In her role at Cascades, Marie-Eve uses her expertise to inform, guide and support her colleagues in maintaining the company’s leadership position in sustainable development. She has earned an undergraduate degree in public communications from Université Laval and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in environment at Université de Sherbrooke. “I’ve always been interested in environmental causes, but also in social issues. Sustainable development allows me to pursue both interests at once. What better than to work at Cascades, a beacon in this area, and a company that is open to implementing all sorts of measures to improve performance and maintain its leadership position.” Because she believes every citizen needs to take responsibility for improving their living environment, Marie-Eve is also socially engaged, sitting on several community boards and committees.

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