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Profits realistic at Miramichi, says UPM


June 5, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

“Everyone is focused on making the Miramichi mill the best it can be,” Bernd Eikens, UPM president for North Americ…

“Everyone is focused on making the Miramichi mill the best it can be,” Bernd Eikens, UPM president for North America, said of the recently restarted mill. “There is a new, shared vision and commitment at Miramichi. You can see it and feel it when you walk through the paper mill and groundwood mill. We’re optimistic.”

After a three-month shutdown, the facility resumed production the third week of May. It was at the critical juncture of the shutdown that UPM’s head office in Helsinki, Finland, told the mill it had to start making some serious changes and a profit.

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“We resumed production in May with a reduced fixed and variable cost base to make Miramichi competitive and successful,” mill manager Timo Suutarla said of his mill’s response to the challenge. “Furthermore, this plan was compiled with joint effort of all employees and the New Brunswick government. Implementation of the plan has gotten a kick start, because everyone is committed and working together to make it happen.”

UPM is saying the mill is well positioned to start turning a profit.


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