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Fibre shortages see Harmac scale back


January 9, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Good prices don’t necessarily mean good business, Pope & Talbot has learned. A wood chip shortage forced the compan…

Good prices don’t necessarily mean good business, Pope & Talbot has learned. A wood chip shortage forced the company to slash production on one of its pulp lines even though prices are strong, the Nanaimo News Bulletin reported.

Harmac moved up a scheduled maintenance shutdown from January to December in an effort to allow fibre supplies to rejuvenate. The Nanaimo News Bulletin reported Paul Sadler, mill manager as saying poor weather conditions have taken a toll on supplies, which are already weak.

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“We’re in a situation where we have to make a decision do you run the mill hard and face more significant problems or slow the pace down a little bit,” he said of the facility’s dilemma.

Sadler expressed his frustration with the situation and called on the government to foster an environment more conducive to investment. “We have to create a better business climate to get people to come here and invest in $80 million sawmills,” he said.


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