Paper Excellence recently announced that its British Columbian Howe Sound Pulp and Paper mill will close permanently, leaving between 130 and 180 people out of work. “In light of the extreme drought conditions experienced since May, the decision to cease paper operations was advanced to help conserve water supply”, Steve Bird, General Manager of Howe Sound Pulp & Paper said in a press release. “The future of our mill lies with our strong pulp and green energy opportunities that will continue to grow.” With newsprint prices declining, and shrinking demand likely to continue Paper Excellence did an “extensive review” to see if it was worth converting to other products. Paper Excellence concluded that it wasn’t worth it.
Heinzel Group will invest roughly 42 million euros in further expanding the pulp production at its Styrian location in Pöls (Austria). By the end of 2021, this investment will enable the production of up to 100,000 metric tons of brown (unbleached) pulp, which can be used as the basis for brown kraft paper, in addition to the production of white (NBSK) pulp in the future.
The packaging paper market continues to record strong growth. With its diversified product range, Zellstoff Pöls underlines the great importance of sustainable packaging made of paper, sending a clear signal as a responsible and eco-friendly industrial company.
“In the future we will be able to produce more than 500,000 metric tons of white and brown pulp in Pöls. We thus continue to pursue our ambitious growth course in the area of sustainable packaging paper and create the basis for the construction of another paper machine,” explains Kurt Maier, CEO of Heinzel Group.