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CPH stops production in Perlen and Müllheim due to cyber attack

10 Jan 2022 − 

Switzerland's only publication paper mill is currently at a standstill. A cyber attack forced the CPH group to interrupt operations in Perlen and Müllheim.

Switzerland's chemicals, paper and packaging group CHP had to halt paper and packaging production at its mills in Perlen, Switzerland and Müllheim, Germany. The group explained that a cyber attack was perpetrated on its IT systems worldwide during the night of 7 January. CPH immediately shut down its IT systems as a result. While the chemistry division was not affected, production at the group's paper and packaging divisions in Perlen and Müllheim had to be stopped on 7 January.

The IT systems are currently examined in order to ensure a timely restart. However, it is not yet clear when production can be restarted. The CPH Group says it has external backup systems which have not been affected by the attack.

Perlen Papier is CPH's paper division and Switzerland's only producer of newsprint and magazine paper. Even a minor downtime can therefore have major impacts on the market balance - especially since the market is already feeling the effects of tight paper supply. Perlen Papier's production capacity is put at 560,000 tpy of newsprint and LWC, while output in 2020 stood at only 440,000 tpy. The division also recycles up to 500,000 tpy of waste paper.

Perlen Packaging makes packaging films for medicinal blister packs and operates five plants in Switzerland, Germany, the USA, China and Brazil.

 

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