Sweden-based paper company expects to take capacity cuts by the third quarter.
The Swedish paper company Holmen Paper has announced plans to close one paper machine that makes supercalendered paper at its Hallsta Paper Mill and one newsprint machine at its Braviken Paper Mill. The closures are expected to take place by the end of this September.
The company’s Braviken mill uses recovered paper as part of the raw material to make its newsprint, while the Hallsta uses spruce pulpwood. The company’s Hallsta mill has a total of three paper machines.
The capacity cuts will reduce the super calendared paper by 140,000 metric tons and 200,000 metric tons of newsprint per year.
In a release, Holmen adds that due to conversion and adaptation to its new structure, the company will cut an additional 10 percent of its capacity in Sweden during the third quarter of the year.
“The extensive capacity cuts announced will gradually lead to a better market balance in 2013,” says Henrik Sjölund, head of Holmen Paper.