Fortress Paper Boosts Production Dissolving Pulp at Thurso Mill

June 11, 2012 - Fortress Paper Ltd. said that it has ramped up production of dissolving pulp at its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill in Thurso, Quebec to an average of about 92% of final targeted capacity during the last 10 days and have averaged approximately 83% over the last 4 weeks.

The mill began production of dissolving pulp at the end of 2011 and has been steadily improving its production efficiency and technical capabilities.

Following initial delays, the mill recently took scheduled periods of downtime to eliminate process constraints, which have proven successful and the ramp-up to full capacity continues to improve, Fortress said.

The dissolving pulp being produced is meeting customer specifications and shipments to viscose customers located in China are increasing in volume, the company added.

"We are pleased with the ramp-up of dissolving pulp production at our Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill and the quality of the product," said Chad Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper.

"With our continually increasing production of dissolving pulp as well as process optimization, we are well on our way to achieving management's forecasted top quartile cost structure once our Cogeneration facility is fully operational. We expect our dissolving pulp segment to provide a meaningful contribution to our financial results as the year progresses."

SOURCE: Fortress Paper Ltd.