Fortress Paper Updates Progress of Dissolving Pulp Conversion Project
Sept. 6, 2011 (Press Release) - Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress" or the "Company") wishes to report that the construction relating to the conversion of the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill from a NBHK pulp to a dissolving pulp operation is proceeding substantially on schedule.
However, due to rescheduling of the delivery and installation of specialized equipment, the enhancement of certain processes, and other ancillary matters, the Company has decided to marginally delay the necessary shut down of the mill required to make tie-ins and upgrades on existing equipment. Accordingly, the production of dissolving pulp is now scheduled to commence in early November 2011.
The Company believes that the enhancements to certain processes will provide for a smoother start up and ramp up to full production capacity.
The deferment in the production of dissolving pulp is partially mitigated by the mill's existing production of specialty pulp which yields a higher margin as compared to NBHK pulp. This specialty pulp is manufactured in strict accordance with certain technical specifications requested by the Company's customers. The Company believes that, as a result of the extensive development and training experience derived from achieving the tolerances required for this unique specialty pulp, the mill will be positioned for a more efficient transition to dissolving pulp production later this year.
Fortress Paper is a leading international producer of security and other specialty papers and products. Fortress operates three mills, the Landqart Mill located in Switzerland, the Dresden Mill located in Germany and the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Quebec, Canada. Fortress Paper's security papers include banknote, passport and visa papers and its specialty papers include non-woven wallpaper base products, and graphic and technical papers. Fortress Paper's pulp business includes specialty pulp produced at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill, which is currently in the process of converting this capacity into dissolving pulp production along with the construction of a biomass based cogeneration plant.
SOURCE: Fortress Paper Ltd.