Sappi to temporarily idle Lanaken PM 7 in Belgium due to weakening graphic paper demand

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Sappi to temporarily idle Lanaken PM 7 in Belgium due to weakening graphic paper demand

April 20, 2020 - 08:44
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Sappi will temporarily halt one of the two paper machines at its graphic paper mill in Lanaken, Belgium. The move is ascribed to weakening demand.

"Sappi will temporarily stop production on PM 7 in reaction to the current lower demand for graphic papers caused by the effects of Covid-19," a spokesperson for the group told Fastmarkets RISI. She added that Sappi will assess the production on an ongoing basis in relation to demand fluctuations and that the temporary stop of PM 7 has not yet started. "Currently our 10 production facilities remain open and operational during this turbulent time, which Sappi is extremely proud of. Our core attention has been given to the health and safety of our people and communities around our sites," the spokesperson added.

The Lanaken PM 7 can produce some 220,000 tonnes/yr of coated woodfree paper.