Holmen to Hold Off on Restart of PM 11 at Hallsta Mill Until Mid-March

On Nov. 22, a fire damaged a portion of the pulp mill at Holmen's Hallsta pulp and paper facility in Hallstavik, Sweden.

Dec. 15, 2015 - Holmen reported that clean-up after the fire of November 20 at Hallsta Paper Mill has been completed, which has also enabled a better assessment of the damage. The mill got paper machine 12 up and running on Dec. 2, but has now determined that PM 11 won't be restarted until mid-March.

PM 11 manufactures magazine paper such as Holmen VIEW and Holmen XLNT, and has an annual capacity of 330,000 tonnes. The mill's other machine, PM 12, produces book paper.

The clean-up effort surrounding the section of the pulp mill linked to PM 11 was concluded last week.

“The damage proved to be more extensive than it was initially possible to gain an overview of. So the assessment is that PM 11 will be restarted in mid-March,” said Nils Ringborg, CEO of Holmen Paper.

“We have a close dialogue with our customers so we can manage the new schedule while reviewing all opportunities to shorten the start-up time,” he added.

According to Holmen, the fire took place in the pulp factory in the north of the factory site. The two paper machines at the mill were not affected or damaged by the fire. An investigation into the cause of the fire shows that the fire arose next to a rotating axle whose heat caused smouldering that rapidly spread.

Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures paperboard, printing paper and sawn timber and runs forestry and energy production operations. In 2014 Holmen's net sales were SEK 16 billion and the group has approx. 3,400 employees. To learn more, please visit: www.holmen.com.

SOURCE: Holmen

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