A POSITIVE RESULT DESPITE MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWNS AND DRAMATICALLY INCREASED ELECTRICITY PRICES
The improved result compared with the same period in 2005 is partly explained by cost reductions of SEK 27 million as a result of the ongoing cost-cutting programme, and partly by a strong pulp market in 2006 which has resulted in a price increase of approximately10 percent, depending on pulp grade. Moreover, production and availability in the mills has been at record levels.
The result in the first three quarters was negatively affected by increases in electricity costs amounting to SEK 84 million. During the third quarter the result was affected by SEK 24 million as a result of the electricity price increases. In addition, costs of around SEK 30 million were charged in the third quarter for planned maintenance shutdowns, which is approximately the same level as in previous years. The higher electricity prices are also behind the decision announced in late August to cease operations at Utansjö Mill and evaluate the possibility to transfer the facility to a country with lower, more stable electricity prices.
Further information: Lars Blecko, +46 (0)70-641 4910
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Rottneros is one of the world’s leading independent producers of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Rockhammar AB, Utansjö Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB in Sweden as well as Rottneros Miranda, S.A. in Spain, all with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes the wood procurement companies Rottneros Baltic SIA of Latvia and Rottneros Madeiras of Portugal. The Group now has a new division, Rottneros Packaging, which produces food packaging made from paper pulp. The Group has around 800 employees and net sales of approximately SEK 2.4 billion.