Fibrek to Take Two Extra Weeks of Downtime at Fairmont Pulp Mill

Fibrek said the RBK pulp market continues to be negatively impacted by wastepaper prices, which remain very high.

Sept. 13, 2011 - Fibrek said that the scheduled two-week shutdown at the Fairmont Mill in West Virginia (USA) for the replacement of two decker drums and annual maintenance, which began on September 12, will be extended for two additional weeks in order to respond to current market conditions.

The downtime will remove a total of approximately 15,000 tonnes of recycled bleached kraft (RBK) pulp from production, including scheduled outages.

Fibrek said the RBK pulp market continues to be negatively impacted by wastepaper prices, which remain very high.

The Fairmont Mill produces about 215,000 tonnes of RBK pulp annually.

Fibrek is a leading producer and marketer of high-quality virgin and recycled kraft pulp. The company operates three mills located in Saint-Félicien, Québec, Fairmont, West Virginia, and in Menominee, Michigan with a combined annual production capacity of 760,000 tonnes. Fibrek has approximately 500 employees. The Saint-Félicien Mill provides northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (product known as NBSK pulp) to various sectors of the paper industry mainly in Canada, the United States and Europe, for use in the production of specialized products. The Fairmont and Menominee Mills manufacture air-dried recycled bleached kraft pulp (product known as RBK pulp) and primarily supply manufacturers of fine uncoated paper, tissue paper for commercial and industrial uses, and coated paper in the United States.

SOURCE: Fibrek