Domtar to close BC pulp machine
Domtar Corporation announced that it will permanently shut down one pulp machine at its Kamloops, British Columbia facility.
This decision will result in a permanent curtailment of Domtar’s annual pulp production by approximately 120,000 air-dried metric tons of sawdust softwood pulp and will affect approximately 125 employees.
The pulp machine, known at the mill as the “A-Line” is expected to be closed by the end of March 2013.
“Prevailing economic conditions in the global pulp markets and the deteriorated competitiveness of this small pulp manufacturing line, coupled with unforeseen boiler repair costs, have forced us to rationalize this pulp production capacity. We will focus our energy and resources on optimizing the larger, more competitive, ‘B’ pulp manufacturing line which will continue to operate,” said Mike Edwards, Senior Vice-President, Pulp and Paper Manufacturing. “Employees affected by this change have earned our appreciation and we thank them for their contributions to the Kamloops Mill.”
The Kamloops pulp operation will continue to operate its remaining pulp manufacturing line with an annual capacity of approximately 350,000 air-dried metric tons of softwood kraft pulp and employ approximately 300 people.