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(Romania) "We stopped production at Braila plant due to the lack of orders and market difficulties, and we'll give a large part of employees redundancy notices. Production at the paper plant will not be resumed this year. This operation has seen quite a collapse," stated Vladimir Cohn...
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(Bulgaria) The factory of Mondi packaging in Stamboliiski will remain closed for a month. The factory, which produces paper bags and sacks primarily for the construction industry, stopped work on December 4 due to lack of orders.
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(UK) Rigid Paper, of Denison Road, in Selby, has ceased production after its Belgian parent company, VPK Packaging, decided it could no longer withstand high energy costs. The company made 70,000 tonnes of paper in 2007 but there has been uncertainty about its future for more than...
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(USA) NewPage Corporation has announced that it plans to take approximately 150,000 tons of market-related downtime during the first quarter of 2009. Specific operating and curtailment plans as well as timing will be developed across NewPage mills to best satisfy...
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(Finland) "The demand for pulp has decreased rapidly in connection with the recession in the global economy. The weak demand has lowered pulp prices and increased the producers' stock levels significantly," Metsä-Botnia said in a statement Wednesday.
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(Canada) The downturn in the paper industry has forced Kruger Inc. to cut newsprint production by 25,000 tonnes in the first half of 2009 in a move that seeks to avoid layoffs by spreading around the down time...
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(Australia) As the community campaign against the Gunns pulp mill proposed for the Tamar Valley enters its fifth year, federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has set a new deadline of March 3, 2011, for Gunns to complete hydrodynamic modelling of effluent dispersal...
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(Portugal) Portuguese papermaker Grupo Portucel Soporcel is preparing for major expansion in the U.S., as it completes a $754 million project for two of the largest Metso paper machines in the world at new mill south of Lisbon.
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(Australia) Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett says he can't kill off the Tasmanian pulp mill because the process just doesn't work that way. Mr Garrett announced partial approval of Gunns' controversial $2 billion mill...
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(Australia) Tasmanian timber company Gunns has expressed confidence in its proposed Tasmanian pulp mill, even though the project has again been delayed. Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett refused to approve Gunns' plan, saying more environmental studies...
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(Australia) Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has announced he will not approve the mill until there has been a longer-term study into potential impacts from the mill's discharged effluent...
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(Russia) Because of environmental concerns, the Baikalsk Pulp & Paper mil was forced to adopt a cleaner but costlier mode of production. This was a wan victory for environmentalists, who had wanted to shut the plant altogether, and a blow to workers, who believe their...
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(Vietnam) Long Van paper and pulp production factory was inaugurated in Huaphanh province in Laos on December 24 in the presence of the provincial authorities and the Vietnamese embassy’s representative...
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(USA) Employees at Smurfit-Stone’s Hodge paper mill, already pensive about the mill’s future, got another reason to worry this week when the company announced it was extending its temporary shutdown for two weeks...
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(USA) Verso Paper has announced that it intends to take approximately 100,000 tons of downtime related to coated groundwood production during the first half of 2009...
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(Canada) Domtar has announced the permanent closing of its Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Quebec pulp mill. Operations were halted on November 24, 2005 due to unfavorable economic conditions...
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(USA) Wausau Paper says it will close its plant in Appleton by the end of 2009 to consolidate and streamline operations in a tight paper market. Perry Grueber, a spokesman for the Mosinee-based paper manufacturer, says the closure will eliminate 90 jobs..
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(Russia) Public consultations within the Segezha Pulp and Paper Plant, Inc., reconstruction and development project (Polar Bear) passed successfully in Segezha on December 17. Heads and experts of town and region administration, representatives of nature protecting organizations...
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(Austria) Thousands of people participated in a torchlight procession to support the 700 employees of M-real’s paper factory which is to be closed soon. Headed by local politicians and unionists the protest was the largest rally in Salzburg province...
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(Canada) Tembec has announced that it will shut down its Pine Falls, Manitoba newsprint facility for two weeks during the Christmas holiday break. The mill will stop production on December 21 and restart on January 5, 2009...
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