VANCOUVER, Nov. 26 /CNW/ - Catalyst Paper's Elk Falls mill at Campbell
River continues to be affected by the lingering effects of the coastal fibre
strike and the deteriorating US lumber market. These factors have combined to
slow the restart of coastal sawmills and constrain fibre supply.
As a result, the Elk Falls No. 1 paper machine, which was curtailed in
September due to the strike-related fibre shortage, will remain down for the
first quarter of 2008. This will reduce the company's newsprint production by
38,000 tonnes to the end of March.
"Based on current fibre availability, it will take a few months yet to
rebuild and stabilize our fibre inventories," said Richard Garneau, president
and chief executive officer. "Forty two per cent of our supply was affected by
the coastal strike, and we have worked hard to optimise our fibre supply in
order to limit the production capacity impact to 14 per cent to date."
In addition to the curtailment of the No. 1 paper machine, much of the
Elk Falls mill will take down time through the Christmas period impacting some
600 employees. The kraft and containerboard operations will take 18 days of
curtailment from Dec. 16, 2007 to Jan. 2, 2008. Fibre availability will
dictate whether additional downtime is required in the first quarter. PM2 and
PM5 will be curtailed beginning Dec. 23, 2007. No. 2 paper machine is expected
to restart on Jan. 2 and No. 5 paper machine is expected to restart on Jan. 6,
In total, Catalyst expects to lose 100,000 tonnes of production in the
fourth quarter, mostly in newsprint, and 30 per cent in pulp and
Catalyst is a leading producer of mechanical printing papers in North
America, headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia. The company also
produces market kraft pulp and owns Western Canada's largest paper recycling
facility. With five mills at sites within a 160-kilometre radius on the south
coast of BC, Catalyst has a combined annual capacity of 2.4 million tonnes of
product. Catalyst's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under
the symbol CTL.
For further information:
For further information: Lyn Brown, Vice-President, Corporate Relations,