Canfor extends Prince George pulp mill curtailment

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
October 17, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canfor Pulp is extending a curtailment at its Intercontinental pulp mill in Prince George, due to a lack of fibre. It’s one of several pulp or paper mills in B.C. to announce curtailments in recent months. West Fraser Timber also recently announced a 16-day curtailment at its Cariboo Pulp and Paper mill in Quesnel. Canfor shut down operations at its Prince George pulp mill on September 24 for annual maintenance. But the two-week maintenance shutdown is now being extended to October 24. While paper mill curtailments can be blamed at least in part on declining markets for traditional paper products, curtailments of pulp mills are not related to pulp prices, which are at record highs. Supply chain issues and the lack of fibre are mainly behind recent pulp mill curtailments in B.C. …Pulp mills everywhere are currently struggling with high fibre costs, but it’s particularly pronounced in B.C.

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