UTANSJÖ MILL: CTMP FACILITY IN CONTINUOUS OPERATION AS SCHEDULED LOW PRICES FOR DISCONTINUED MAGNEFITE BEHIND LOSS
The new CTMP (Chemi-Thermo-Mechanical Pulp) facility has a production capacity of up to 100,000 tonnes of pulp per year, making Utansjö’s total capacity – including existing groundwood pulp production – around 180,000 tonnes. The installation of the new production line proceeded entirely according to plan, with the result that the schedule has been met.
The investment in CTMP production, along with the discontinuation of the unprofitable production of magnefite pulp, is part of the action plan for Utansjö Mill started over two years ago. The phase-out of magnefite pulp was one of the restructuring measures presented by the Group in autumn 2004.
“Demand for CTMP has increased in recent years,” states Lars Blecko, Rottneros’ President and CEO. “In contrast, demand for magnefite pulp has been in decline for some years.”
The phase-out of magnefite has proceeded entirely according to plan as regards both the schedule and restructuring costs. Demand and prices for magnefite pulp during the period were significantly lower than foreseen, however.
“In view of the market situation, we stopped producing magnefite earlier than scheduled and were forced to phase out our stocks of magnefite at a considerably lower price than estimated. This has resulted in a non-recurring cost which is the sole reason for the loss reported by the Group for the first quarter,” emphasises Lars Blecko.
Upplands Väsby, 26 April 2005
Further information: Lars Blecko, President and CEO, +46 (0)70-641 4910