Catalyst idles paper machine, de-inking plant
Catalyst Paper announced that its Crofton
No. 1 paper machine will be curtailed indefinitely due to weak
newsprint and directory paper demand. The machine, which produces
140,000 tons of commodity grades on an annualized basis, was
In a related move, the company’s paper recycling
facility in Coquitlam, which supplies the Crofton paper machines
with de-inked pulp, will be indefinitely shutdown in mid-February.
Approximately 70 employees – 36 at Crofton – will be laid off
as a result of these curtailments.
“There was a steep decline in market demand
for the products made at our Crofton paper mill in the past year
and the consumption outlook for these commodity grades remains
weak. Reduced recycled pulp requirements, combined with the higher
cost and constrained availability of quality recovered paper
are contributing factors in our decision to indefinitely close
our paper recycling facility,” said Richard Garneau, president
and chief executive officer.