Södra is currently reviewing its group strategy and is expecting the work to be finalised in early 2014. Production at Södra Cell Tofte mill to cease in August with 280 employees loosing their jobs.
Södra considers expanding pulp capacities at the Swedish Väro mill. The company announced its decision to apply for a new environmental permit, allowing to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Väro by 275,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy of pulp. Currently Södra Cell Väro mill is producing 425,000 tpy of NBSK market pulp with 300 employees.
According to Södra, Väro pulp mill offers great potential for expansion. The move would allow Södra to develop further the range of softwood pulp products offered to its customers, reinforcing its position in the pulp market and creating sustainable profitability for the company, it is learnt. A final decision on the investment would be made once the licensing process with the Environmental Court has advanced far enough, Södra explained in press release issued on 2 July.
Mayr-Melnhof acquires Folla mill, no future for Södra Cell Tofte
Södra is currently reviewing its group strategy and is expecting the work to be finalised in early 2014. In Mid-June Södra has sold its Folla 105,000 tpy CTMP pulp mill to Mayr-Melnhof. Today, the company has announced the definite closure of the Tofte pulp mill in Norway, after it had "spent more than six months trying to sell the Tofte mill at commercial terms," Södra explained.
Production at the 400,000 tpy hardwood and softwood pulp mill will cease in August this year. 280 staff members are affected by the closure.