Oct. 21, 2023 - Paper Excellence announced on Oct. 20 that it is again extending the production downtime of paper operations at its pulp and paper mill located on Vancouver Island in Crofton, British Columbia, Canada, to the end of November.
The mill's primary market for its paper products (specialty papers, printing and writing paper) is China, and continued weak pricing in the global paper markets have hindered the restart of the mill's papermaking operations.
"While market conditions continue to support the restart of our pulp operations and employment of more than 300 workers, the curtailment of paper operations at Crofton is being extended to the end of November," the company said in a press release.
"The continued curtailment means that approximately 70 paper operations employees will not return to work in November," Paper Excellence said.
The company said that its sales team is working with customers to provide alternative products from Catalyst Alberni mill or other mills within the Paper Excellence Group family of companies where possible.
The Crofton Mill has two paper machines (C2 and C3) and two pulp lines. The mill has the capacity to produce 320,000 tonnes per year of printing / packaging papers and 380,000 tpy of NBSK pulp.
Paper Excellence Canada, headquartered in British Columbia, is a diversified manufacturer of pulp and specialty, printing, writing, and packaging papers in Canada with a production capacity of over 2.5 million tonnes annually.
SOURCE: Paper Excellence
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