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LARGEST U.S. BEVERAGE BOARD PRODUCER TO ADD POST CONSUMER RECYCLED FIBER

 LARGEST U.S. BEVERAGE BOARD PRODUCER
 TO ADD POST CONSUMER RECYCLED FIBER
 ATLANTA, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Riverwood International Corporation has announced an expansion plan to add recycling capacity at its West Monroe, La. papermill. Completion of the expansion will allow the company to offer a product with up to 20 percent post- consumer waste in AQUA-KOTE, its beverage carrierboard.
 "Riverwood International Corporation is committed to meeting the needs of all our packaging customers, with a special emphasis on machinery-based packaging systems with a focus in serving the worldwide beverage industry," said Gary Pichon, executive vice president, packaging division. "During 1991, we added key packaging machinery systems with the inclusion of our Tucson location and the purchase of Jak-Et-Pak, Minnesota Automation and Syspack in Spain. In addition, we are responding to our major customers in the beverage industry who have been voicing their increasing concerns about the general municipal solid waste problems and anticipated government legislation. This new hybrid sheet will meet most of those concerns and is the first step in an evolutionary process. A 20 percent post- consumer content is a bold step toward these new market requirements."
 "The eleven million dollar expansion is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 1993 and is expected to represent a real breakthrough in beverage grad carrierboard," said Robert C. Hart, vice president and general manager, paperboard division.
 Hart said that in addition to the inclusion of up to the 20 percent post-consumer waste, the new carrierboard could also include up to 15 percent pre-consumer waste. "Trials with soft drink and beer customers meet acceptable strength requirements for beverage carriers while maintaining machinability and performance through converting and filling lines," he said.
 "This new hybrid product will combine the strength of virgin fiber with recycled materials into a beverage carrierboard that will meet the exacting standards of the international marketplace. Until now, beverage customers had a choice of only two ends of the paperboard spectrum. They could use the superior strength of virgin fiber or choose the high recycled content clay coated news boards. Riverwood International will be able to offer the best of both products with this new hybrid sheet," explained Octavio Orta, vice president international division.
 In the beverage industry, paperboard packaging requirements are unique. Packaging must be able to perform on high speed fulling lines, maintain strength under wet conditions and have appealing graphics printed over smooth coatings. These important attributes can be diluted by the contaminants and shorter fibers of post-consumer waste. Riverwood International is purchasing state-of-the-art technology to minimize these potential problems. Pichon said that higher consumption levels of post-consumer waste might be possible with technologies yet to be inndustry's goal of increasing the recovery rate of paper and paperboard from its present level of 34 percent to 40 percent by 1995. The Riverwood International hybrid AQUA-KOTE sheet will contribute specifically to that goal," Pichon said. "Riverwood International opposes regulations that would mandate the fiber content of packaging. The voice of the public and our customers will rationally guide the industry to the appropriate and practical levels of post-consumer inclusion, by grade and end use.
 "Riverwood International Corporation has always recovered and used pre-consumer fiber," stated Pichon. "This is important but it is clearly not enough. We must learn to use waste generated after consumer use. The use of post-consumer waste is a much more difficult technological task and we are committing resources in doing our part."
 Founded in 1923 in West Monroe, La., Riverwood International Corporation employs approximately 8,000 people worldwide and has assets of approximately $1.5 billion. 1990 annual sales were approximately $1 billion. Headquartered in Atlanta, Riverwood International operates six divisions: paperboard, wood products, packaging, packaging machinery, international and Brazil. Riverwood International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manville Corporation (NYSE: MVL).
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