SCA considers shutting down 135,000 tonnes/year newsprint PM No. 2 at its Ortviken publication papers mill in Sundsvall, Sweden, after using it as a test machine; recently finished overhauling its 255,000 tonnes/year newsprint PM No. 5

LOS ANGELES , November 6, 2012 () –

Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) is considering permanently shutting down PM No. 2 at its Ortviken publication papers mill in Sundsvall, Sweden, and this decision is expected soon, said the company’s chief, reported EUWID-Paper on Nov. 6.

PM No. 2, which has an annual production capacity of 135,000 tonnes per year of newsprint and improved newsprint and dates back to 1952, would be permanently shut down after using it as a test machine, said Jan Johansson, SCA’s CEO, without giving a set timeline.

The Stockholm, Sweden-based paper producer is directing its attention to the Ortviken mill’s modernized PM No. 5 and its new paper grade, Johansson said during the company’s release of its financial results for third-quarter 2012, EUWID-Paper reported.

SCA recently completed an upgrade of PM No. 5, which now has an annual production capacity of 255,000 tonnes/year of standard newsprint, improved newsprint, and the new uncoated mechanical paper the company calls GraphoInvent.

The Ortviken mill has four publication-grade paper machines with a combined annual production capacity of 900,000 tonnes. Shutting down PM No. 2 would not be the result of market conditions, said Johansson, reported EUWID-Paper.

Two machines installed at the mill in the 1990s make lightweight coated paper, while the other two paper machines each make newsprint and uncoated offset grades, according to the company’s website.

The primary source of this article is EUWID-Paper, Gernsbach, Germany, on Nov. 6, 2012.

 

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