Norske Skog to Idle LWC Paper Machine at Walsum Mill in Germany

Norske Skog in mid-December will temporarily idle a 225,000 tpy LWC paper machine at its Walsum Mill.

Oct. 4, 2013 - Norske Skog said that due to excess capacity in the coated mechanical market, the company will temporarily idle paper machine (PM) 4 at its Walsum mill in Duisburg, Germany, beginning in mid-December.

Norske Skog did not say how long a time it expected the machine to be down for.

PM 4 has an annual capacity of 225,000 tons.

The Walsum mill's second paper machine, PM 10, will continue to produce LWC (Light Weighted Coated) magazine paper at an annual capacity of 200,000 tons.

"The temporary idling of capacity at the Walsum mill in Germany is required to both create a better balance between demand and supply, and to avoid unprofitable production at Walsum," said Mr Sven Ombudstvedt, CEO and President of Norske Skog. "Despite years of great efforts of the staff to reduce costs, the decision is unfortunately unavoidable."

Norske Skog said that customers will be served from the company's other mills and paper machines, and all existing supply commitments will be honored.

SOURCE: Norske Skog