Tembec has announced a series of market-related shutdowns affecting one of its Canadian pulp mills, as well as the Company’s three pulp mills in France. The shutdowns, ranging from two weeks to an indefinite idling, are a direct response to the global economic slowdown and the related impact on packaging and other pulp-consuming products.
In Canada, the high yield pulp mill located in Matane, Quebec which was expected to restart on January 31 will remain idled indefinitely. This extended shutdown will affect approximately 120 people.
In France, the paper pulp mills in Tarascon and Saint-Gaudens will each take four-week shutdowns starting February 8, and the specialty pulp mill in Tartas will begin a two-week shut on February 15. The Saint-Gaudens and Tarascon mills together employ roughly 550 people, and the Tartas mill, approximately 300.
Unlike earlier temporary shutdowns, these will affect both staff and hourly personnel. Employees at all affected sites have been informed of the Company’s decision.
“The aggressive actions announced today follow a review of current and foreseen market conditions. We have made the decision to respond in a manner that represents the best approach to minimizing losses, managing cash and reducing inventories,” said Jim Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We will obviously continue to monitor market conditions closely and will manage operating rates accordingly.”