Canfor reduces Prince George pulp mill operation due to a lack of wood fibre

By Winston Szeto
CBC News
December 22, 2022
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

More than 200 people have been thrown out of work for the holiday season following Canfor’s immediate curtailment of its Intercontinental Pulp Mill in Prince George, B.C. On Monday, the Vancouver-based forestry company said it expects the pulp mill will reduce its pulp production for four weeks due to a lack of wood fibre supply due to sawmill curtailments. …Vancouver-based forestry industry analyst Russ Taylor says wood fibre supply will keep dwindling over the next few years due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic and forest fires across the Interior region in 2021. Taylor adds that more sawmills will cut back their production amid decreased supply of wood and reduced market demand for wood fibre. “With weak markets to take fibre supply, mills are conserving their logs for better times ahead, which I’m … sure they [will] get better, but not a lot better going forward”.

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