SHANGHAI, Oct 17, 2014 (RISI) - Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings has started making uncoated fine paper at a rate of around 200,000 tonnes/yr on a former newsprint machine at its mill in Zhanjiang city, Guangdong province.
The 5.56 m-wide PM, which started up earlier this month, was relocated from a mill belonging to the firm's subsidiary Jilin Chenming Paper.
The subsidiary, based in Jilin city, Jilin province, used to be a major newsprint producer in China, and became a Shandong Chenming subsidiary in 2005.
Its sole mill was relocated to a new site in Jilin city last year, and only a 250,000 tonne/yr graphic paper unit was moved to the new facility.
That machine can make uncoated printing & writing paper, book paper and lightweight coated paper.
Jilin Chenming's other equipment was retired with the move, except for the ex-newsprint PM that was moved to the Zhanjiang facility.
The Zhanjiang mill currently also runs a 650,000 tonne/yr uncoated fine paper machine and an 850,000 tonne/yr hardwood bleached kraft pulp line.
Newsprint oversupply: The newsprint sector has been troubled with serious overcapacity in China.
Several major newsprint makers have either quit the segment or switched production to other grades to address the difficulties.
Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Paper has also rebuilt a 160,000 tonne/yr newsprint PM, in its case to make glassine paper.
Yanbian Shixian Bailu Paper, formerly a major newsprint maker with a capacity of around 250,000 tonnes/yr of the grade, is now focusing on making dissolving pulp at its mill in Tumen city, Jilin province.
In Sichuan province, Sichuan Yibin Paper has also left newsprint production. It is near to kicking off production on a new 350,000 tonne/yr cartonboard PM at a relocated mill in Yibin city, Sichuan province.
The firm used to have a newsprint capacity of around 200,000 tonnes/yr.