SCA evaluates CTMP market pulp investment, considers PM closure at Ortviken publication paper mill

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07 Oct 2019 − 

SCA Ortviken mill in Sundsvall runs three paper machines and can produce 775,000 tpy of improved newsprint and coated and uncoated magazine paper grades.

Due to the declining demand for publication paper and increasing demand for chemi-thermomechanical pulp (CTMP) from the tissue and packaging board markets, SCA is set to reshape the product offering from the Ortviken mill. The company has initiated an environmental assessment process to build up to 300,000 tpy of CTMP capacity at the Swedish site. The Ortviken CTMP project would also entail the closure of one of the three publication paper machines.

The company already informed the employee representatives, but statutory negotiations have not started yet, a company spokesperson explained. Before taking a decision and starting cunsultory talks with employees, SCA is waiting for the environmental assessment to be completed. This is reportedly expected sometime next year.

Ortviken paper mill in Sundsvall is SCA's only remaining publication paper site. In 2012, the company had sold its interest in the Aylesford newsprint mill in the UK. In early 2013, the company divested the Laakirchen Papier SC paper mill to Heinzel group. At the end of 2015, SCA had further reduced its exposure to standard and improved newsprint market by closing the 135,000 tpy PM 2 at the Ortviken mill.

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