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Tembec to close Chetwynd mill in September


July 12, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Softness in the market for high-yield pulp has prompted Tembec to announce the shutdown of its high-yield pulp mill in Chetwynd, B.C. The mill, which employs 115 people, will be indefinitely idled as of September 16, 2012.

Softness in the market for high-yield pulp has prompted Tembec to announce the shutdown of its high-yield pulp mill in Chetwynd, B.C. The mill, which employs 115 people, will be indefinitely idled as of September 16, 2012.

“The high-yield pulp market has continued to soften over the past year. At today’s price levels, it is virtually impossible to maintain viable operations given the current cost structure of the Chetwynd mill,” stated Chris Black, Tembec executive vice-president and president of the Paper and Paper Pulp Group. “We will continue to monitor the market and, in due course, reassess the situation accordingly.”

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High-yield pulp is used in printing and writing papers, paperboard, tissue and towelling. Pulp produced at the Chetwynd mill is shipped to primarily Asia. The Chetwynd bleached chemi-thermomechanical (BCTMP) mill was built in 1990 and has an annual production capacity of 240,000 tonnes. Tembec purchased the mill in 2002.

Tembec bills itself as the world’s leading producer of high-yield pulp. It also produces high-yield pulp at Matane and Temiscaming, in Quebec.


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