Fortress Paper Begins Final Phase of Thurso Mill Pulp Grade Conversion Project

Oct. 13, 2011 - Fortress Paper Ltd. said that it is beginning the final phase of the dissolving pulp conversion project at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill in Thurso, Quebec. In addition, the company has signed new contracts for the production of banknote paper at its Landqart Mill in Landquart, Switzerland.

Thurso, Quebec

The Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill was purchased by Fortress in early 2010 with the plan to convert the NBHK (Northern Bleached Hardwood Kraft) mill to a dissolving pulp producer commencing in May 2011. Moreover, the construction of a cogeneration facility to provide 18.8 megawatts per year of green power to Hydro Quebec for a 15-year term has also recently broken ground, and is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2012.

"The Thurso mill conversion has entered the final shutdown phase which represents the ending of NBHK production at the mill," explained Peter Vinall, CEO of Fortress Specialty Cellulose. "We have mobilized a workforce of over 800 workers on-site to assist with final mill connections and de-bottlenecking work. When the mill is restarted in early November it will be a low cost, high quality dissolving pulp producer with an annual production capacity of approximately 200,000 tonnes."

Landqart, Switzerland

Fortress Paper's Lanqart Mill reports the signing of new banknote paper contracts for 2012, which represent a significant portion of the mill's annual banknote production capacity.

Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO of Fortress Paper, said, "Our Landqart Mill was among the winning bids for a number of banknote contracts. Bidding on contracts of this volume would not have been possible prior to our recent PM1 banknote machine upgrade, which increased our overall annual production capacity from 2,500 to 10,000 tonnes."

Fortress Paper is an international producer of security and other specialty papers and products. Fortress operates three mills: the Landqart Mill in Switzerland, the Dresden Mill in Germany and the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill 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.