Canfor Pulp temporarily curtailing NBSK Pulp summer production
In Canada, Canfor Pulp Products Inc., a subsidiary of forest products major Canfor Corporation (Canfor) has announced it will be implementing phased summer curtailments in July and August at its Intercontinental and Northwood NBSK pulp mills in Prince George, British Columbia (BC). This is due to a "significant deterioration in market conditions, in combination with fibre supply constraints and higher fibre costs" resulting from recent sawmill curtailments across the BC industry.
According to a statement, the curtailments will reduce Canfor Pulp’s production output by approximately 75 000 tonnes of NBSK pulp. The company intends to resume full production at Intercontinental and Northwood in September. Canfor Pulp has three northern bleached softwood kraft pulp mills, one BCTMP mill, and one kraft paper mill in BC.
Earlier this month, Canfor Pulp announced a temporary curtailment of operations at its Taylor Pulp Mill, a bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill in Taylor, BC which will reduce output by approximately 25 000 tonnes of BCTMP.
Also announced earlier this month, Canfor will be curtailing operations at all BC sawmills, except WynnWood during the summer period citing very poor lumber markets and the high cost of fibre, which it says are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic.