Södra restarts its 400,000 tonnes/year Tofte bleached hardwood and softwood kraft pulp mill in Norway after three months of downtime as demand and prices improve; its Folla pulp mill in Norway restarted in January

LOS ANGELES , March 30, 2012 () –

Sweden’s Södra Cell AB has restarted its Tofte bleached hardwood and softwood kraft pulp mill in Norway after being down since December due to weak market conditions, reported EUWID-Paper on March 30.

The mill, which has an annual production capacity of 400,000 tonnes, was restarted during the last week in March due to improving demand and increasing sales prices.

In this year’s first quarter, pulp demand has strengthened, inventories have declined and prices have been moving up slightly, said a Södra spokesperson, EUWID-Paper reported.

The company recently announced that it would increase its price for northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp to US$870 per tonne, effective April 1. This is up from about $820-$830/tonne in December.

In January, Södra restarted its Folla pulp mill in Norway. That mill was also down since December due to weak orders, reported EUWID-Paper.

The primary source of this article is EUWID-Paper, Gernsbach, Germany, on March 30, 2012.

 

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