Lecta's Condat mill takes downtime to adjust supply

Coated fine paper production at Lecta Condat is down
11 Nov 2020 − 

The challenging business environment has forced Lecta to interrupt production at its Condat fine paper mill in France for a few days.

Lecta is taking a four-day downtime at its Condat fine paper mill. According to an article published by radio stations network France Bleu, production at the site was stopped on Sunday, 8 November and will be down until Wednesday, 11 November.

France Bleu quotes mill director Stéphane de Gélis as saying that the downtime is a reaction to the lockdown measures taken in France which have reportedly weighed on demand for fine papers. The company now wants to wait and see how the pandemic and demand will develop.

PM conversion proceeding according to plan

The Condat mill produces woodfree coated paper on one machine with a capacity of around 220,000 tpy. The site houses a second woodfree coated paper machine, which has been idle since April 2019 and is currently being rebuilt to produce label paper in the future. According to Mr Gélis, this project is proceeding according to plan and is not impacted by the downtime measure.

Lecta had long announced plans to rebuild PM 8. The project could initially not be realised because the company could not cough up the necessary funds. A new boiler is also to be installed, which is to significantly cut the high energy costs that according to Lecta threaten the mill's survival.

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