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Tembec takes downtime to balance out


September 18, 2008
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Tembec is taking a week of downtime at its pulp mill in Matane, QC. The company is closing the facility on Septembe…

Tembec is taking a week of downtime at its pulp mill in Matane, QC. The company is closing the facility on September 21, in an attempt to balance inventory levels in the face of what it cited as a global slowdown in demand for pulp. Production is scheduled to restart on September 28.

The closure will affect roughly half of the mill’s workforce of 120, and will remove 5,000 tonnes of hardwood, high-yield pulp from the market.

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“This decision comes amidst declining pulp demand in Europe and Asia, prime markets for our Matane pulp mill,” the company said in a statement. “The shutdowns announced to date will reduce our total annual production by 21,500 tonnes.”

Tembec previously announced downtime at plants in France and Temiscaming, QC.


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