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RYAM to halt operations at its Temiscaming HPC Plant for an indefinite period

April 30, 2024  By CFI Staff


Rayonier Advanced Materials will suspend operations at its Temiscaming High Purity Cellulose (HPC) plant for an indefinite period, effective July 2, 2024.

The company shares in a press statement that given current market conditions and high capital and fixed costs associated with the HPC plant, this decision will help mitigate the plant’s ongoing operating losses and improve the company’s consolidated free cash flow. The announcement is aligned with the company’s focus on improving its balance sheet, leverage position and overall financial performance toward execution of its long-term growth strategy.

The suspension, which will be carried out in a safe and environmentally sound manner, will result in a reduction of RYAM’s annual global HPC production. The Temiscaming HPC facility has an annual production capacity of approximately 150,000 metric tons, with roughly 30 percent historically dedicated to specialty cellulose materials. The company will be working directly with its customers to support their specialty cellulose needs in both the short- and long-term. The move will result in approximately 275 layoffs.

“Persistent market weakness, uncertain availability of affordable wood fiber, and high capital and fixed costs have posed significant challenges for the Temiscaming HPC plant,” said De Lyle Bloomquist, president and chief executive officer. “This decision, which we do not take lightly, is made only after a rigorous strategic review in which multiple alternatives were thoroughly explored. We are mindful of the impact this will have on affected employees and will take appropriate measures to assist these employees in keeping with the collective agreement, RYAM values and applicable law.”

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The company adds that this decision does not affect RYAM’s paperboard and high-yield pulp plants located adjacent to the Temiscaming HPC plant. These two plants, which are part of an ongoing sales process announced last October, remain competitive and will continue to operate at full capacity.


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