Pan Pac pulp mill offline after cyclone hits New Zealand

By Valeria Buß
EUWID Pulp and Paper
February 23, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

A natural disaster that struck New Zealand has also left its mark on the New Zealand pulp and forestry group Pan Pac Forest Products. Cyclone Gabrielle ravaged the country starting on 12 February, causing flooding that destroyed one of the company’s sites. On its website, the company announced that the Whirinaki site was closed until further notice. The New Zealand Herald newspaper reported that, following assessments of the storm damage, Pan Pac had decided to rebuild the mill rather than closing it down permanently or moving it elsewhere. Pan Pac is owned by Japanese pulp and paper group Oji Holdings. The company makes bleached chemi-thermomechanical pulp (BCTMP) in Whirinaki, which is located in the Hawke’s Bay region of north-eastern New Zealand.

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