Glatfelter's Scaër mill down for several weeks after fire


Shortly after the completion of a €7.2m investment at its Scaër mill in France, Glatfelter has to halt the paper machines there due to a fire. Production is expected to be down for several weeks.

A fire that hit Glatfelter's Scaër site in France has caused a temporary production stoppage at the mill. The company reported that the fire had broken out on 14 October and had damaged the electrical system primarily servicing PM 3. Even if the two paper machines had not suffered any damage it might take several weeks to restart them following the restoration of electrical equipment and completion of clean-up activities, Glatfelter explained. The PM 4 is expected to be down for about 3-4 weeks while the PM 3 will probably remain idle for some 6-8 weeks.

Glatfelter does not expect customer supply to be interrupted. On site inventories were adequate to satisfy orders through mid-November and there was also available capacity at other Glatfelter facilities to meet production needs, the company said. Glatfelter expects no significant financial impact from this incident, neither.

The company has recently completed a €7.2m investment project at the Scaër mill, upgrading one of the paper machines. The site's capacity is said to have increased as a result.

The Scaër mill produces specialty paper and wet wet-laid nonwovens for the food and beverage industry as well as technical papers on two machines. Around 130 employees work at the site.

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