Thailand-based Double A starts test runs, produces first roll of paper at uncoated freesheet paper mill in Alizay, France, that it bought four months ago, expects to have the mill in full production for French market by Q4
June 10, 2013
– Double A Public Co. Ltd. has started trial runs and on June 10 produced its first roll of paper at the uncoated freesheet mill in Alizay, France, which it acquired from Metsä Board four months earlier, reported Euwid on June 10.
The 300,000 tonnes/year mill had been idle since early 2012, when Metsä Board closed it indefinitely. Double A bought the mill in late January for €18 million (US$23.9 million), promising to employ 200 people.
Double A, which has its headquarters in Prachinburi, Thailand, has so far hired 150 people, according to local media reports. The company declined to give details on the number employed presently, Euwid reported.
Owning two pulp mills in Thailand with total 580,000 tonnes/year of capacity, Double A will supply its hardwood pulp KHAN-NA to the Alizay mill, which will also make recycled-content paper, the company said in February.
It plans to bring back the Evolve recycled-content brand, as well brands Smart Copy, Hi-Plus and Smartist, according to that February announcement, reported Euwid.
However, it will focus on Double A brand, said Thirawit Leetavorn, Double A’s senior executive vice president. The Alizay mill will give Double A the foundation from which to launch its expansion in Europe, he noted.
From trials at the mill currently, production will be increased in steps to full activity on the French market by this fourth quarter, according to a company spokesperson, Euwid reported.
The primary source of this article is Euwid, Gernsbach, Germany, on June 10, 2013.