West Fraser to temporarily curtail production at Cariboo Pulp & Paper
February 8, 2023 By CFI Staff
West Fraser Timber has announced the planned curtailment of operations at Cariboo Pulp & Paper located in Quesnel, B.C., beginning in mid-April for a month and then for another month in the third quarter.
The decision is the result of the decline in availability of sawmill residuals, the company said in a statement. “The fibre supply challenge in British Columbia is well documented. Infestation, fire, and government policy decisions have all impacted the amount of available fibre in the province.”
Downtime at Cariboo Pulp & Paper is expected to help better align production capacity this year with the available fibre supply. These plans may be adjusted should fibre forecasts change.
Cariboo Pulp & Paper expects to mitigate some of the impact on its affected employees through vacation scheduling and alternative work assignments.
Cariboo Pulp & Paper is jointly owned by West Fraser and Mercer International.
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