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Norske Skog closes its Tasman newsprint mill in New Zealand by the end of June

09 Jun 2021 − 

The mill's assets will be sold in the second half of this year

Norwegian publication paper group Norske Skog will close down its Tasman newsprint mill in New Zealand and cease production by 30 June 2021. The company said that following a careful strategic review which was started in October last year and in which it explored a range of alternatives for the mill, it came to the decision to close the mill and sell the mill's assets. Norske Skog says it is reacting to the "secular decline of the publication paper industry and the impact of COVID-19" and the "substantial imbalance between newsprint production capacity and customer demand in the Australasian region."

The closure will reduce the company's newsprint capacity by 150,000 tpy, but the company said the mill had only produced very limited volumes during 2021.

The closure leaves Norske Skog's Boyer mill in Tasmania, Australia as the last domestic Australasian publication paper producer. It has a capacity of 150,000 tpy of newsprint and 135,000 of  LWC.

This article is an excerpt from our article on the closure of Norske Skog's Tasman paper mill and the development on the newsprint market. The article will be published in our next issue of EUWID Pulp and Paper which will be available to our subcribers on Wednesday 16 June 2021. The next price and market reports for newsprint and other publication paper grades will follow on 23 June, 30 June and 7 July 2021.

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