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Neucel mill takes market downtime


November 26, 2014
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Neucel Specialty Cellulose mill in Port Alice, B.C., is taking market-related downtime for almost two months, reports Industry intelligence Inc., a news service covering various industries. The mill produces dissolving pulp via a sulfite…

The Neucel Specialty Cellulose mill in Port Alice, B.C., is taking market-related downtime for almost two months, reports Industry intelligence Inc., a news service covering various industries. The mill produces dissolving pulp via a sulfite process.

Warren Beatty, vice-president of human resources, told Industry Intelligence the downtime began on Nov. 9 and is expected to continue until Jan. 8, 2015. Planned maintenance will be done during the downtime.

Beatty noted that commodity dissolving pulp prices in China are as low as US$840/tonne. The mill produces both commodity and specialty grades in varying proportions, Beatty said.

The Neucel mill was not affected by anti-dumping measures imposed by China last year on several Canadian producers of dissolving pulp.