An overheated bearing was the cause of the Catalyst paper mill fire the night of April 16. "The Catalyst fire apparently started they believe by an overheated bearing on one of the rollers," Port Alberni Fire Department Chief Tim Pley said. "They are replacing the bearing and the entire roller." The fire broke out at the No. 5 machine during regular operation just before 11 p.m. on April 26.
European news agency EUWID reported that Germany’s recycled containerboard manufacturer Niederauer Muehle plans to take over the LWC paper mill in Walsum. According to the company’s management, it has entered exclusive talks with the insolvency administrator of Walsum Papier to buy the Norske Skog facility.
Under the new ownership, Walsum Papier would continue producing LWC on PM 10. In addition, Niederauer Muehle would convert the mill’s PM 4, which is standing idle since December 2013, to white-top testliner production.
On June 5 of this year, Norske Skog announced that it had decided to discontinue operations at its Walsum paper mill in Duisburg, Germany due to the mill being unprofitable. The mill had an annual production capacity of 205,000 tons of light-weight coated (LWC) paper and employed 291 people.