Production interruption at Tembec's Matane, Quebec pulp mill

MONTREAL, May 10 /CNW Telbec/ - (TSX: TMB TMB.WT) - Following a breakdown in labour discussions between Company representatives and the union representatives at the Tembec high-yield pulp mill located in Matane, Quebec, unionized employees did not report to work this morning and went out on strike.  Consequently, all production activities have been suspended indefinitely.

The Company is monitoring the situation very closely and is putting into place measures that will ensure uninterrupted supply to its customers.

The plant in Matane employs 143 people, of which 99 are unionized, and ships to customers in North America, Europe and Asia.

Tembec is a large, diversified and integrated forest products company which stands as the global leader in sustainable forest management practices. The Company's principal operations are located in Canada and France. Tembec's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TMB and warrants under TMB.WT. Additional information on Tembec is available on its website at www.tembec.com.

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of securities laws.  Such statements relate, without limitation, to the Company's or management's objectives, projections, estimates, expectations or predictions of the future and can be identified by words such as "may", "will", "could", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect" and "project", the negative or variation thereof, and expressions of similar nature.  Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses made by the Company in light of its experience, information available to it and its perception of future developments. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in foreign exchange rates, product selling prices, raw material and operating costs and other factors identified in our periodic filings with securities regulatory authorities. Many of these risks are beyond the control of the Company and, therefore, may cause actual actions or results to materially differ from those expressed or implied herein. The forward-looking statements contained herein reflect the Company's expectations as of the date hereof and are subject to change after such date. The Company disclaims any intention to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities legislation.

SOURCE TEMBEC

For further information:

Linda Coates
Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
Tel.: 416 775-2819
linda.coates@tembec.com

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