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2005-10-05, 17:21
 - Non regulatory

The facility has a production capacity of around 100,000 tonnes per year, making Rottneros’ total CTMP capacity around 220,000 tonnes. This secures Rottneros’ position as one of the world’s leading producers of CTMP.

”CTMP, which is a mechanical pulp, is a product that is growing in the market, while magnefite pulp, which we have now stopped producing, is waning and has been unprofitable for a number of years in succession,” says Lars Blecko, President and CEO of Rottneros. ”CTMP is particularly well-suited for the production of coated wood-containing paper because it is bright and yields stiff paper with high opacity.”

Examples of other end products manufactured with CTMP include fine paper, tissue, liquid packaging board and various types of filters.

”Converting parts of the old magnefite facility for CTMP production was a technical challenge,” says Rune Hillström who is Managing Director of Utansjö Mill. ”This is probably the first time it has every been done. Building an entirely new facility would not have been possible for financial reasons.”

The new production line is very cost effective. Because a big portion of the old magnefite facility has been converted for CTMP production, the investment costs are about 70 per cent lower than they would have been for a completely new facility. Furthermore, the production of CTMP is both resource-efficient and environmentally friendly because up to 90 per cent of the raw material, which is aspen or spruce, is used.

Utansjö, October 5 2005


Additional information: Lars Blecko, President and CEO +46 70 641 49 10

Rune Hillström, Managing Director Utansjö Mill, +46 70 675 54 84

Please find the pictures taken at the inauguration at: from 16.45

Rottneros is one of the world’s leading independent manufacturers of market pulp. The Group consists of the parent company, Rottneros AB, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, along with its subsidiaries of Rottneros Rockhammar AB, Utansjö Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB in Sweden as well as Rottneros Miranda, S.A. in Spain, with activities involving production and sales of market pulp, plus the raw materials purchasing company of Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has a total of 835 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 2.3 billion.

(For facts on the new CTMP line at Utansjö Mill: see attached file)

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