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Norske Skog takes four-week downtime at PM 1 in Golbey

10 Aug 2020 − 

The market for newsprint is currently described as very weak by market players. Norkse Skog has therefore decided to temporarily shut down PM 1 at Golbey for the summer month of August.

Norske Skog is again taking a market-related downtime at its Golbey newsprint mill in France. The company told EUWID hat the mill's PM 1 has been down since 30 July and will be standing still for a total of four weeks. PM 1 is the smaller of the two machines at the site. It produces newsprint with a capacity of around 235,000 tpy. The mill's total newsprint capacity is 565,000 tpy.

Norske Skog has repeatedly halted production in Golbey or in other publication paper mills in recent months in order to match supply with demand. The market for publication paper is on a general decline, which has even intensified due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis. According to the latest European graphic paper statistics, European demand for newsprint in May dropped by 38 per cent compared to the same month last year.

The imbalance on the market has encouraged the company to take action. Norske Skog will therefore enter the corrugated case material market and has recently announced that it will convert PM 1 at Golbey to recycled containerboard production. The switch is scheduled to take place in the first half of 2023. A second machine at the Bruck mill in Austria is also planned to be rebuilt to make containerboard. PM 3 will be converted from 125,000 tpy of newsprint to 210,000 tpy of recycled containerboard.

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