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April 1, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

AbitibiBowater plans to indefinitely idle one of its two paper machines at its Thorold South facility in Thorold, Ont., resulting in 100 layoffs. Company spokesman Jean-Philippe Côté said the shutdown on April 12 is related mainly…

AbitibiBowater plans to indefinitely idle one of its two paper machines at its Thorold South facility in Thorold, Ont., resulting in 100 layoffs. Company spokesman Jean-Philippe Côté said the shutdown on April 12 is related mainly to the decline in its North American newsprint market. “Management and related stakeholders will work on a viable plan so the mill becomes and remains competitive going forward,” Côté said.

Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd. closed its recycled newsprint mill in Whitby, Ont. The facility recycled more than 200,000 tonnes of used newspapers and magazines annually, and employed 151 people.

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The company cites a combination of factors for the shutdown, including a drastic decline in North American newsprint demand, the rising value of the Canadian dollar, increased costs for raw material, and an overcapacity in the newsprint manufacturing sector.

Atlantic Packaging’s tissue business at the Whitby mill was purchased by Cascades Inc. in August 2009.

Domtar Corporation will permanently close its coated groundwood paper mill in Columbus, Mississippi, and exit the coated groundwood paper business. The Columbus facility has an annual production capacity of 238,000 tons of coated groundwood and 70,000 metric tons of thermomechanical pulp.


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