•Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 5 percent compared to June 2015. UFS imports were down 41percent year-over-year in May with exports down 17 percent. • June coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 1 percent compared to June 2015. Imports of CFS papers decreased 21 percent in May with exports down 8 percent year-over-year. •Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased slightly in June, up just less than 1 percent when compared with June 2015, the first year-over-year increase in the past sixteen months. Imports of UM papers were down 7 percent in May while exports of UM in May decreased 23 percent compared to the previous year. •Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in June decreased 19 percent when compared to June 2015. Imports of CM increased 6 percent in May compared to May 2015 with exports down 41 percent.
Fire crews from Catalyst Paper and the Port Alberni Fire Department spent Monday morning (March 11) extinguishing a fire that started in the dryer at No. 4 paper machine. Crews were called to the mill shortly after 7 a.m. and finally left the scene at approximately 12:30 p.m.
“It was a bit difficult to fully extinguish,” PAFD chief Mike Owens said. “We got it knocked down in a fairly short period of time.”
Firefighters stayed on site “out of an abundance of caution” to ensure the fire was out; industrial areas usually have hard-to-access places, and Owens said his crew wanted to ensure everything was out. They stayed on site as Catalyst employees restarted the fans, watching for flare-ups.
No one was injured in the fire, according to a mill employee.
Owens said the fire is still under investigation, but it’s looking like a mechanical failure caused something to “warm up”. The fire is not suspicious, he added.
Paper Excellence Canada Holdings Corporation will be taking over ownership of Catalyst Paper sometime later this month. In February the Canadian Competition Bureau cleared the British Columbia-based company to complete its purchase, which involves the purchase of all of the shares of Catalyst.
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