Rottneros confirms groundwood pulp production
Good demand from the cartonboard industry helps maintain groundwood pulp production at the Rottneros mill.
Swedish pulp manufacturer Rottneros, part of the Arctic Paper group, has once again confirmed its decision to continue producing groundwood pulp at the Rottneros mill. According to the company, a series of new groundwood pulp products has been developed at the mill, resulting in increased demand. Especially the groundwood pulp type developed for customers in the virgin-fibre and recycled cartonboard business proved to be successful, the company explained.
In May 2012, Rottneros communicated its intention to abandon groundwood pulp production and concentrate on CTMP at the Rottneros mill due to weakening demand from the printing paper industry. Some 50 workers have been made redundant as a result of the restructuring. The decision to discontinue groundwood pulp production has been revised already at the start of 2013. Now, the company explained that some 30 out the 50 workers would keep their jobs.
Rottneros mill has an installed capacity of 170,000 tpy of mechanical pulp. Some 122,000 t have been produced in 2012, according to Rottneros. In the first half-year 2013, the mill has produced 31,000 t of groundwood pulp and 36,000 t of CTMP.
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