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Domtar optimizing fluff pulp production


September 28, 2016
By Cindy Macdonald
Domtar will close a small pulp dryer at the Plymouth mill.

Domtar’s plan to optimize fluff pulp manufacturing at its Plymouth, N.C., mill includes the permanent closure of the small pulp dryer and idling of related assets, in addition to a workforce reduction of approximately 100 positions.

The company says these streamlining measures will strengthen the mill’s position in the global fluff pulp markets. The restructuring is expected to be completed by mid-2017.

The streamlining process will bring the mill to an annualized production target of approximately 380,000 metric tons of fluff pulp. The Plymouth mill will continue to produce Lighthouse Fluff, a benchmark grade for high-quality fluff pulp.

“This action at Plymouth along with the start-up of fluff pulp production at Ashdown will optimize Domtar’s fluff pulp manufacturing network and strengthen our position in the growing fluff-pulp market,” said Domtar president and CEO John D. Williams. “We remain committed to the Plymouth mill, where we have made significant investments in the past several years. These changes will prepare the mill for long-term, sustainable success.”

Fluff pulp is bleached softwood cellulose fiber used worldwide in absorbent applications such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products.