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Rayonier stops newsprint production and sawmills in response to Covid-19

Rayonier Advanced Materials stops its 220,000 tpy newsprint machine in Canada
Rayonier Advanced Materials stops its
220,000 tpy newsprint machine in Canada
26 Mar 2020 − 

Rayonier Advanced Materials will take downtime at mills which are not deemed essential in times of coronavirus. Severals sawmills and newsprint production are affected.

Rayonier Advanced Materials has announced downtime  or production curtailments at seven Canadian mills. The measures are related to the spread of coronavirus and affect mills that are not essential businesses.

The company announced it would stop newsprint production at its Kapuskasing mill in Ontario, Canada. The site has a newsprint capacity of 220,000 tpy. In addition, Rayonier will reduce or cease operations at all its six softwood sawmills located in Ontario and Quebec in Canada. The samills have a combined capacity of around 750 million board feet. According to the company, softwood lumber  is mainly used in construction.

The measures will reportedly start this week and last at least two weeks, but Rayonier does not exclude that downtime might be extended, depending on market conditions.

Rayonier says that all other facilities are expected to continue operating at normal levels. This includes the four high purity cellulose (HPC) mills in the US, Canada and France as well as the pulp and paperboard plants in Temiscaming, Quebec . These facilities offered a variety of products which were critical raw materials for pharmaceutical, food and cleaning products, said the company.

Rayonier manufactures cellulose specialty products, which are used in filters, food, pharmaceuticals and other industrial applications. The company also makes lumber products, newsprint and lightweight paperboard. It operates 10 mills in Canada, 4 in the US and 3 in France and employs over 4,000 people, generating sales of $1.8bn.

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