RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Catalyst Paper (TSX:CTL) today announced
that it will indefinitely curtail pulp production at its Crofton kraft mill
due to the decline in market demand. The curtailment will remove approximately
400,000 tonnes of annual pulp capacity and affect approximately 375 employees.
In a related move, a five-week curtailment of the Elk Falls No. 2 and No.
5 paper machines which was to end March 31 has been extended indefinitely
affecting approximately 350 employees for the duration of the market-related
downtime. The indefinite curtailment of all three paper machines at the Elk
Falls mill removes 526,000 tonnes of newsprint and uncoated mechanical paper
capacity on an annualized basis.
"The rapid decline in North American newsprint consumption is
unprecedented," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer,
"and it requires us to focus sharply on cost management as we optimize
production across our mills to match capacity with the order book."
Catalyst is the largest producer of specialty printing papers and
newsprint in Western North America and also produces market kraft pulp and
owns Western Canada's largest paper recycling facility. The company's six
mills have a combined annual production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes.
Catalyst is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and its common
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.
Certain matters set forth in this news release, including statements with
respect to the expected length of curtailments, production and orders are
forward looking. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current
views and are based on certain assumptions including assumptions as to
economic conditions, market demand and other factors management believes are
appropriate. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and
uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those
contained in these statements, including those risks and uncertainties
identified under the heading "Risks and uncertainties" in the management's
discussion and analysis contained in Catalyst's fourth quarter and annual 2008
report available at www.sedar.com.
For further information:
For further information: Lyn Brown, Vice-President, Corporate Relations,