NewPage and Omya to Build PCC Plant on Escanaba Paper Mill Site

NewPage and Omya plan to build a PCC plant at NewPage's Escanaba paper mill site in Michigan.

July 10, 2013 - NewPage and Omya announced that they have entered into a long-term supply agreement to build a Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) plant which will be located at NewPage's Escanaba paper mill site in Michigan (USA).

Steve Stueck, Director of Marketing, Sales & Marketing Paper, Region Americas, told PaperAge that the parties expect to break ground within the next few days.

PCC, an essential raw material used in the papermaking process, lends to key properties such as bulk, opacity, brightness and whiteness. PCC is manufactured using lime and carbon dioxide (CO2).

The Escanaba mill currently purchases PCC from another supplier. With the PCC plant on-site, the mill will save on transportation costs. Lime needed for the PCC manufacturing process will be purchased from the Upper Peninsula.

The environment also benefits from the on-site plant. Currently, the CO2 produced by the mill is emitted into the air and considered waste. The on-site plant will use CO2 generated by the Escanaba mill in the process, reducing the environmental impact.

"We’re very pleased to announce the creation of this PCC plant at the Escanaba mill," said NewPage Senior Vice President of Operations Mark Lukacs. "This plant is a step toward helping us achieve our long-term vision."

Tony Colak, CEO for Omya Region Americas said, “We are very excited to build and operate this new PCC plant for NewPage Escanaba. Most importantly, we are pleased to be a strategic supplier and partner with NewPage. The close collaboration between Omya and NewPage has resulted in this long-term commitment."

About NewPage
NewPage is a leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America with $3.1 billion in net sales for the year ended December 31, 2012. NewPage is headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, and owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper. The company's portfolio of paper products includes coated, supercalendered and specialty papers. For further inofrmation, visit www.NewPageCorp.com.

About Omya
Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals, mainly fillers and pigments derived from calcium carbonate and dolomite, and worldwide distributor of chemical products. The company's major markets are paper, polymers, building materials (paints, coatings, sealants, adhesives and construction) as well as life sciences (food, feed, pharma, cosmetics, environment and agriculture). Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya has a global presence, extending to more than 100 locations in over 50 countries with 7,000 employees. To learn more, visit www.omya.com.

SOURCE: Omya