Canfor reduces pulp and paper output and closes sawmill

Beetle-infested pine trunk
Beetle-infested pine trunk
25 May 2020 − 

Canadian company Canfor will curtail pulp and kraft paper output and permanently close one sawmill due to “insufficient supply of economically viable fibre and timber”.

The company will curtail production at its Prince George Pulp and Paper and its Intercontinental Pulp mills for approximately four weeks starting 6 July 2020. The curtailment will reduce Canfor Pulp’s production output by approximately 38,000 tonnes of market kraft pulp and 12,000 tonnes of kraft paper, the company announced.

Furthermore, the company announced it would permanently close its Isle Pierre sawmill, which is located near Prince George, British Columbia. The closure will take effect in the third quarter of 2020.

Both the sawmill closure and the production curtailment are a result of insufficient supply of economically viable fibre and timber following the Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic, coupled with the major global economic downturn as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company stated.

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