Image

Norske Skog reviewing Tasman mills future

1 June 2021

Norske Skog, the owner of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau, has begun talks with staff over the mill’s future, following a lengthy review. Unionists have been expressing concern for some months about the mill’s viability, given the declining world demand for newsprint.

A spokesman for Norske Skog, David Quin, said the mill had about 160 staff, and they were briefed on Wednesday about the outcome of a strategic review that was initiated last September. He said the company did not want to say what the review’s conclusion was until the consultation process was complete, but stressed that “no decisions have been made.”

It’s believed the consultations will take at least a fortnight. Newsprint production at the Tasman Mill has been expected to end in the first quarter of this year, meaning some publishers will have to switch to imported paper. In February the mill started making paper for packaging for supply to markets in Asia, citing “rapid, negative and likely irreversible” impact of Covid-19 on the newsprint industry.

Although it was looking for alternative long-term options for the site, the company ruled out making products other than converting grade paper and mechanical pulp on reel. Norske Skog has also previously spoken out against high power prices in New Zealand which led it to periodically curb production.

The company is the second mill to face financial difficulty in recent months, following the announced closure of Whakatane mill in March, although a last-minute potential buyer has since emerged.

Source: Stuff

Read More
Image

February NZ log market update

Opinion Piece: Marcus Musson, Director, Forest360 February has kicked off with a hiss and a roar with log exporters pulling out the pencil sharpeners and publishing prices in the mid to high $130’s for A grade (except for Bluff and Lyttleton where you ...
Read more
Image

FIEA wood residues conference – Call for speakers

Following on from last year’s record turnout, planning for Residues2Revenues 2024 is now well underway. The NZ forest industry is looking to capitalise on the growth and demand in biofuels, bioenergy and a range of renewable bioproducts. This event helps ...
Read more
Image

Blenheim company turning wood chips into graphite

In New Zealand, a Blenheim company is turning wood chips and sawdust into graphite to be used in EV batteries. CarbonScape was founded in 2006 – with a focus on making carbon products using waste biomass like wood chips to ...
Read more
Image

€150 m LVL and I-beam plant underway

Construction, the first sustainable construction factory of its kind in the Baltics and only the third in Europe, has begun operations with plans to produce €150 million of products a year for Scandinavia, North America, Australia, and major European markets. ...
Read more
Image

Steam rises again from Pan Pac

Almost a year since Cyclone Gabrielle flooded Pan Pac’s mill site at Whirinaki, steam has begun rising from one of the stacks. For nearly 50 years, Hawke’s Bay residents have been able to locate Pan Pac’s mill site by the ...
Read more
Image

Carbotech acquires Sawquip

Carbotech Group has announced the acquisition of Sawquip, a manufacturing company specializing in sawmill equipment. This acquisition allows Carbotech Group to expand its product range and offer innovative solutions for lumber production. Sawquip’s products, including log turners, chipping canters, and ...
Read more