Cascades sets June 30 as date to permanently idle Cascades Djupafors' 60,000 tonnes/year coated boxboard mill in Ronneby, Sweden, after completing employee consultation process; agreements signed with customers to be served by mill in La Rochette, France
KINGSEY FALLS, Quebec
April 9, 2014
– Today, Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and production of green packaging and tissue products, is announcing that, following a consultation process with the unions, it has reached an agreement concerning the closure of its subsidiary, Cascades Djupafors, located in Ronneby, Sweden.
Production at the mill will thus end definitively on June 30, 2014. Following the closure, a number of customers will be served by the mill in La Rochette, France. Agreements have already been reached with these customers in order to avoid any disruptions in deliveries.
"Today, it is with regret that we announce this difficult decision, which is the result of weak market conditions. The current economic situation in Europe is forcing us to reorganize our European production activities in order to compete. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the employees in Djupafors for their work, and the loyalty they have demonstrated to Cascades over the years. We will be with them throughout this difficult time," added President and Chief Executive Officer, Mario Plourde.
The plant, acquired by Cascades in 1989, has 130 employees and specializes in the manufacture of coated boxboard for folding boxes made from virgin fibres. It has an annual production capacity of 60,000 tonnes.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. The Company employs more than 12 000 men and women, who work in over a hundred production units in North America and Europe. With its management philosophy, close to half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.
SOURCE Cascades Inc.