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2006-07-25, 08:45
 - Non regulatory

The effect of the high electricity prices and the forecast continued high spot prices mean that the extent and structure of the cost-cutting programme in the mechanical pulp mills at Rottneros and Utansjö have to be further evaluated, says Rottneros Group in its half-year report.

The cost increases for the Rottneros Group due to increasing electricity prices will amount to nearly SEK 100 million for 2006 compared to 2005, despite the fact that a significant part of the electricity consumption has been hedged. The situation will grow worse during 2007 when the level of the hedging is lower.

- Despite the fact that the government during the summer indicated to take measures in order to quickly correct the poorly functioning electricity market the uncertainty remains of the price development of electricity for the basic industry. Today’s price level is an immediate threat to the operations at the mills at Rottneros and Utansjö says Rottneros’ president Lars Blecko.

Decision on the cost-cutting actions at the above mentioned mills will be taken at the latest by September 2006.

For further information call CEO Lars Blecko, +46 70 641 49 10

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 also has a new business area, Rottneros Packaging, which produces food packing materials made from paper pulp. The Group has 800 employees and net sales of approximately SEK 2.4 billion.

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