Tembec to idle Chetwynd pulp mill
Tembec has announced its plans to indefinitely idle its high-yield pulp mill in Chetwynd, British Columbia.
The mill will be idled on September 16.
“The high-yield pulp market has continued to soften over the past year. At today’s price levels, it is virtually impossible to maintain viable operations given the current cost structure of the Chetwynd mill,” stated Chris Black, Tembec Executive Vice President and President of the Paper and Paper Pulp Group.
“This is a difficult decision that we have not taken lightly since it has an impact on employees and on the region. We will continue to monitor the market and, in due course, reassess the situation accordingly,” he added.
The Chetwynd mill was built in 1990. Tembec purchased the mill in 2002. The mill employs 115 people and has a production capacity of 240,000 metric tons.
High-yield pulp is used in printing and writing papers, paperboard as well as tissue and towelling. Most of the pulp produced at the Chetwynd mill is shipped to Asia.