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Mondi completes acquisition of Alberta pulp mill, commits to invest in mill modernization, sustainability enhancements, and facility expansion

Aerial view of Alberta’s Hinton Pulp Mill (paper mill) located in Alberta.
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Delivering job opportunities, economic advancement, and sustainability upgrades to the Hinton community and the Hinton Pulp Mill 

Global packaging and paper manufacturing leader Mondi Group chose Canada for its next venture in sustainable production. Mondi has over 100 operations in more than 30 countries, and is recognized for their ardent commitment to sustainability – from their reusable, recyclable and compostable products, to their strategic supply chains and ESG-driven stakeholder networks. 

Mondi set its sights on acquiring a pulp mill in the region of Hinton, which it completed in February of 2024. The acquisition of the mill and intended investment in a new kraft paper machine signals fully integrated operations for Mondi in the Americas, into its existing network of 10 paper bags plants in the region. 

Mondi intends to invest in the mill to improve productivity and sustainability performance. This first project phase will see upgrades to the Hinton Pulp Mill, including enhanced power generation and energy efficiency.  In a second phase, subject to pre-engineering, permitting and market development, Mondi intends to expand the facility with a new integrated kraft paper machine. 

Mondi’s investment will bring tangible, impactful benefits to the region of Hinton. Existing jobs will be retained, and new employment opportunities will be created through the acquisition and upgrade efforts at the Hinton Pulp Mill. Mondi customers will benefit from the integrated and shortened kraft paper supply chain, reducing the carbon footprint of Mondi’s packaging products in the region. 

Propelling transformational investments

Invest in Canada, alongside valued regional and federal partners, were integral to facilitating Mondi’s investment decision. 

“Invest in Canada was proud to support Mondi’s investment decision with market information, connections to government and industry stakeholders, guidance on policy programming to support their sustainable expansion plan and organizing their ground visits in Canada.” – Laurel Broten, CEO Invest in Canada 

The Trade Commissioner Service Vienna, the Embassy of Canada to Austria, Invest Alberta, the City of Hinton and Natural Resources Canada have actively supported the Hinton Pulp Mill expansion plan since July 2023 with federal consultation, support programs and financial incentives. 

A paper mill employee is stationed at a kraft paper machine, wearing protective equipment.

Caption: Mondi is a global leader in the production of sustainable packaging and paper, and employs more than 22,000 people across 100 production sites. 

“Mondi’s investment is a great example of how foreign direct investment can enhance communities by bringing innovative and sustainable solutions in a way that benefits rural communities,” says Invest Alberta CEO Rick Christiaanse. “From right here in Alberta, Mondi will support the growing market demand for sustainably-produced paper products. We look forward to continuing to support the company’s growth for years to come.”