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Canfor Pulp Forced to Extend Production Curtailment at Taylor Pulp Due to Rail Service Backlogs in BC

Canfor's Taylor Pulp Mill Rail service backlogs in Britsh Columbia has forced Canfor Pulp to extend production downtime at its Taylor pulp mill for another 6 weeks as inventory levels remain at capacity.

March 30, 2022 - Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announced a further six-week (minimum) extension of the curtailment of Softwood Bleached Chemi-Thermo Mechanical Pulp (BCTMP) production at Taylor Pulp due to the ongoing transportation shortages that have resulted in continued high finished product inventories at the pulp mill.

In mid-February, Canfor Pulp said that it was forced to curtail the production of BCTMP at the Taylor mill for six weeks due to lack of transportation to ship product and inventories at the mill reaching capacity. The first six-week curtailment reduced the mill's production by about 25,000 tonnes.

"Unfortunately, the ongoing rail transportation situation has not improved, and we have no choice but to extend the current production curtailment," said Kevin Anderson, VP Operations, Canfor Pulp. "We are very disappointed in the ongoing impact this is having on our employees, their families and the community."

The pulp mill, located in Taylor, BC, Canada, has the capacity to produce 230,000 air-dried metric tonnes per year of BCTMP.

The curtailment extension will further reduce the production of BCTMP by at least 25,000 tonnes, the company said.

Canfor Pulp Products is a leading global supplier of pulp and paper products with operations in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. Canfor Pulp owns and operates three mills in Prince George, BC with a total capacity of 1.1 million tonnes of Premium Reinforcing Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp and 140,000 tonnes of kraft paper, as well as one mill in Taylor, BC. To learn more, visit: www.canfor.com.

SOURCE: Canfor Pulp Products Inc.

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