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Domtar tests eucalyptus


May 2, 2005
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Difficult times call for cheaper measures, and Domtar is looking into a few. Although the company recently posted n…

Difficult times call for cheaper measures, and Domtar is looking into a few. Although the company recently posted net earnings of $10 million for the quarter, impressive when the previous quarters’ $44 million loss is considered, ways to reduce costs are still at the forefront of the company’s strategy, a necessity for competitiveness, CEO Raymond Royer contends. With fibre shortages becoming an increasing concern, mills are on the lookout for more moderately priced alternatives. With this in mind, the papermaker has begun testing eucalyptus fibre in its paper. The Montreal Gazette recently reported that Domtar tested imported eucalyptus chips in 2004 at its Windsor, QC mill, as well as its mill in Ashdown, AR. Although a final decision whether to use these chips on a continual basis has yet to be reached, the likelihood of using them solely at the Ashdown mill is higher, due to constricted access to quality fibre, a situation not yet as dire in Canada.

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