Catalyst Paper to Take Market-related Downtime on Specialty Paper Machine at Powell River

Catalyst Paper will temporarily idle a specialty paper machine at its Powell River mill, removing about 6,500 tonnes from the market.

Oct. 27, 2014 - Catalyst Paper late-yesterday announced the temporary curtailment of one of three paper machines at its Powell River mill in British Columbia, Canada, removing about 6,500 tonnes of specialty paper grades from the market.

"This curtailment reflects Catalyst's strategy to match production with domestic market demand and inventory," the company said in a press statement.

The Powell River No. 9 paper machine will be idled on October 31 for three weeks. Additional downtime may be taken later in the quarter based on market demands, the company added.

"We continue our focus of matching production to customer orders," said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This curtailment is not expected to impact existing customer orders."

Catalyst is working closely with employees to balance labour and production time to mitigate potential for seasonal layoffs.

The Powell River mill produces newsprint and uncoated mechanical specialty papers and operates three paper machines. The mill has a production capacity of 469,000 tonnes per year.

Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty mechanical printing papers, newsprint and pulp. To learn more, please visit: www.catalystpaper.com.

SOURCE: Catalyst Paper