Canfor Pulp Products Inc. announced that it has taken a temporary and unscheduled outage on one production line at its Northwood Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (“NBSK”) Pulp mill located in Prince George, British Columbia (“BC”), as a result of a tube leak in the number five recovery boiler. Canfor Pulp anticipates the number five recovery boiler to be down for approximately two weeks, and is currently projecting 15,000 tonnes of reduced NBSK pulp production during the fourth quarter 2017, as well as higher associated maintenance costs and lower projected shipment volumes. To mitigate the impact of the incident, Canfor Pulp is continuing to operate the second production line at the Pulp mill and will advance certain mill maintenance activities previously scheduled to be performed in the first quarter of 2018. Click Read More below for additional information.
The official inauguration of the Paper Machine 3 (PM3) in Changshu, China, was celebrated 12 April. The new paper machine increases UPM’s production capacity in Asia holding true to the Biofore corporate strategy. UPM continues to offer broader, safe and environmentally friendly product portfolios for customers in China and the Asia-Pacific region. It also introduces a revolutionary new manufacturing technology to the whole paper industry.
The UPM Changshu Paper Machine 3 has been carefully designed, from construction to operation and product offering, to meet and exceed the demands and expectations of the market, the society, the environment and the wellbeing and safety of UPM employees. The new paper machine has started production in December 2015. With the new machine the product portfolio of Changshu mill extends to labelling materials and other specialty products. The demand in these segments are forecasted to grow globally, but especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
“In UPM Changshu we will focus on value added, advanced paper products for growing segments in China and worldwide. On this site, we are also introducing totally new, innovative manufacturing technology – not only for China, but for the paper industry worldwide,” said President and CEO Jussi Pesonen in his opening speech.
The PM3 production line and process are very flexible. The line offers a wide range of products from uncoated wood-free papers to advanced specialty products. The swing concept of PM3 greatly improves the efficiency of paper production and reduces energy consumption.
The third production unit at the Changshu mill site strengthens UPM’s position in the Asian market. As part of UPM’s growth investments it facilitates global growth in the labelling and release liner markets. With the new unit in full swing UPM is able to provide better and more comprehensive service in both Asia and the European and North American markets.
A new era of excellence for UPM in China is here.