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Paper Recycling July 11, 2019 12:30:53 PM

Powell River Paper Mill to Temporarily Curtail Production

Paul Ploumis
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The curtailment of two paper machines is for a period of 17 days, said company press release.

Powell River Paper Mill to Temporarily Curtail Production

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Paper Excellence Canada has announced temporary curtailment of its paper operations in Catalyst Powell River mill. The curtailment of two paper machines is for a period of 17 days, said company press release.

In a notification to mill employees, Krista Cuddy, interim general manager noted that the paper machines 10 and 11 will be curtailed beginning July 20 through August 6. However, the mill’s steam plant will continue to remain in operation, in order to support power generation at the facility. She attributed the curtailment to ongoing weakness in market and fiber supply shortage in the province. The management plans to meet with the unions over the next few days to discuss the impacts caused by the temporary downtime, she added. Meantime, Cuddy stated that the company is in all efforts in pursuing growth opportunities in sustainable product development and studying strategic alternatives for the paper machines.

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It must be noted that the company had curtailed paper machines 10 and 11 for two weeks from April 19 to May 2, which again was attributed to weak orders and tightness in B.C. raw fibre market.

The Powell River pulp and paper mill, located in Powell River, British Columbia, has three paper machines with a combined production capacity of around 470,000 tonnes of newsprint and uncoated mechanical specialty papers.

Catalyst’s Powell River facility, along with other mills located in Crofton and Port Alberni, Richmond headquarters and the Surrey distribution centre were acquired by Paper Excellence Canada in March this year

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