Catalyst Paper to Restart One Pulp Line at Crofton Mill
Aug. 25, 2009 - Catalyst Paper late yesterday said that it will restart one line of pulp production at its Crofton NBSK (Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft) kraft mill on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, due to improved market conditions.
The kraft pulp mill was indefinitely idled in February of this year, removing approximately 400,000 tonnes of annual capacity.
"Pulp markets have improved in recent weeks with stronger demand and pricing," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.
"Better markets enable the restart on one of the two lines of our kraft mill," Garneau said. "But chip supply is limited and fiber availability is expected to remain challenging through the balance of this year," he cautioned.
The restart is scheduled for early October and will result in 104 employees being recalled from layoff, Catalyst said.
The restart on the one line will add 210,000 tonnes of pulp capacity on an annualized basis. Production will continue as long as markets, mill costs, and fiber availability support it, Catalyst added.
SOURCE: Catalyst Paper