Norske Skog and CellMark Agree to Paper Distribution Deal in Asia

Jan. 17, 2014 - Norske Skog and CellMark AB have agreed to enter into a long term marketing agreement for sales of publication paper in the Asian markets. The parties will establish a new distributor in Singapore, NorCell Asia, which will have the exclusive marketing rights for all Norske Skog products to be sold in the Asian markets.

Norske Skog said that it will transfer its current sales operations and sales staff in Singapore from PanAsia Paper Trading to NorCell Asia.

Norske Skog and CellMark established a similar long term sales cooperation for the North American markets in August 2011. The North American sales operations are operated by NorCell Inc.

The parties' experiences from the cooperation in the North American markets have triggered the expansion of the cooperation between the two groups into the Asian markets.

"The common goal of Norske Skog and CellMark in this cooperation is to offer customers a broader range of solutions for their publishing needs while maximizing efficiency and minimizing cost in the supply chain," Sven Ombudstvedt, Norske Skog's CEO.

Hans Kling, CEO of CellMark, noted, "This agreement significantly strengthens CellMark's position in sales of publication grades into Asia and allows us to further develop our well functioning co-operation with Norske Skog in a new region."

Norske Skog said that it expects to release approximately USD15-20 million in working capital by the cooperation with CellMark in the Asian markets.

The new sales and marketing operations by NorCell Asia will start operate in January 2014.

CellMark is a provider of supply chain services to the global pulp and paper industry and other industries. CellMark comprises six divisions: Pulp, Paper, Packaging, Recycling, Chemicals & Metals as well as the subdivisions: Energy, Basic Chemicals & Machinery. To learn more, please visit: www.cellmark.com

With headquarters in Oslo, Norway, Norske Skog is one of the world’s largest producer of publication paper, with 10 wholly and partly-owned mills and 44 sales offices and agents on five continents. To learn more, please viti: www.norskeskog.com

SOURCE: Norske Skog