The Lunar New Year will fall on February 19, and the whole country will be on a week-long holiday starting from February 18.
At Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing, eight out of 10 recycled containerboard and grayback coated duplex board PMs at its mills in Dongguan will take downtime alternately from mid-February to mid-March, curtailing production by around 90,000 tonnes.
At the firm's Huangyong mill, PMs 1, 2 and 4 will be offline for around 12 days starting from mid-February.
PMs 1 and 2 are recycled fluting machines, and each has a capacity of around 50,000 tonnes/yr.
PM 4 can make recycled linerboard at a rate of 350,000 tonnes/yr.
At the Hongmei mill in the same city, four PMs will be offline during the same period in February.
PM 7 has a recycled linerboard capacity of around 430,000 tonnes/yr, and PM 12 can make thesame grade at a rate of 350,000 tonnes/yr.
PM 15 is a 500,000 tonne/yr recycled containerboard PM, and PM 17 has a grayback coated duplex board capacity of 600,000 tonnes/yr.
Also at the Hongmei plant, PM 11, a 300,000 tonne/yr recycled linerboard unit, will take 15 days of downtime starting from early March.
More PMs down:Dongguan Jinzhou Paper plans to shut down all the machines at its sole mill in Dongguan for up to 11 days in February.
The facility runs four recycled containerboard PMs with a combined capacity of around 900,000 tonnes/yr.
PMs 1 and 2, each with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes/yr of recycled fluting, will stop production for 11 days starting from mid-February.
PMs 3 and 4 will be offline for eight days in late February. Each machine can make recycled linerboard at a rate of around 250,000 tonnes/yr.
At another firm, Dongguan Huangyong Yinzhou Paper Industry, two recycled linerboard PMs, each with a capacity of around 180,000 tonnes/yr, will take downtime for eight days in February.
The Lunar New Year has long been China's most important holiday for family reunions, so it is not rare for manufacturing enterprises, including pulp and paper mills, to cut production over the period.
Market sources said that demand for packaging will stay flat over the first half of the year, and many mills have high inventories.
Therefore, the holiday downtime will not make much impact on the market.