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(USA) AbitibiBowater told employees at its Catawba plant Thursday that the paper mill will temporarily close from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1 this year because of conditions resulting from the global economic slowdown... read more »
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(Australia) Gunns Limited executive chairman John Gay told the company's annual meeting today that its $2.2 billion Bell Bay pulp mill was effectively on hold because of the global financial crisis... read more »
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(Canada) Terrace Bay Pulp, resurrected by Buchanan Forest Products two years ago, is the latest plant to announce layoffs in a depressed market... read more »
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(Azerbaijan) Azerbaijan’s largest conglomerate Azersun Holding Group will launch a paper recycling plant in Sumgait by late 2009. read more »
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(USA) International Paper's Louisiana Mill announced plans for lack of order downtime for at least seven weeks. The downtime will occur in two segments... read more »
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(UK) Plans to build a £1bn integrated pulp and paper mill project have been scrapped due to a lack of funding. Manufacturer Forscot had intended to create more than 6,000 jobs at the plant at at Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands targeting an estimated annual income of £106m... read more »
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(USA) A 19-month project that will increase the annual tissue production at SCA's Barton plant by 70,000 tons has been completed, company officials said. Company officials said the No. 14 paper machine was put into operation Oct. 17 at the plant off U.S. 72... read more »
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(USA) Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging is closing one of its paper machines and laying off about 90 hourly workers by next week. Fibre President Frank McShane says the slowing economy reduced demand for products produced at the No. 9 machine... read more »
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(Turkey) Kartonsan Karton is rebuilding its BM 1 board machine that produces white-lined chipboard (WLC) in ranges of 200 - 450 gsm. The 2,200-mm wide machine, being rebuilt by Andritz (Graz, Austria), will have a maximum design speed of 250 m/min after the upgrade... read more »
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(USA) "The decision to close the box plant is a difficult one, and we regret the loss of jobs,” Dennis Vesci, Temple-Inland’s group vice president of Corrugated Packaging Operations, said in a statement released by the company... read more »
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(Scotland) Hundreds of Aberdeenshire workers are facing unemployment as a paper mill is on the brink of closure. International Paper currently employs 371 people but has announced the business is no longer making a profit. The company, based in Inverurie, is now carrying out... read more »
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(Finland/Brazil) Metso's customer Aracruz has announced that they will temporarily suspend the expansion of its plant in Guaiba in Brazil. In late August Metso informed that it had won an order for the main technology for Aracruz's new 1.5-million-tons/yr bleached hardwood kraft... read more »
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(USA) The company says the closure isn't tied to the weak economy, but to its own transition plan. read more »
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(USA/Canada) Smurfit-Stone has announced plans to permanently cease production at its Pontiac pulp mill in Portage-du-Fort, Quebec. The closure of the mill is targeted for October 31... read more »
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(USA) IP will close plants in Mason, Ohio, Stockbridge, Ga., and Hanford, Calif., by December, according to a report by the industry publication Packaging-Online. The report said the closures would affect 101 workers at Mason, 86 at Stockbridge, and 90 at Hanford... read more »
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