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Catalyst Paper's Elk Falls Mill Curtails Production
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 22 January 2008 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Catalyst Paper's Elk Falls mill at Campbell River continues to feel the effects of coastal fiber constraints as sawmills reduce production levels due to weakening U.S. lumber markets.

The shortage of sawdust furnish will require Elk Falls kraft and containerboard operations to take nine days of curtailment in early March. This will remove about 6000 metric tons of pulp and 3500 metric tons of containerboard production.

The #1 paper machine, temporarily curtailed on 01 September 2007 due to the strike-related coastal fiber shortages, will remain down to at least the end of March, resulting in about 38,000 metric tons of reduced newsprint production in the first quarter. Fiber limitations and related market factors will determine whether the indefinite closure of Elk Falls PM1 must be extended further.

The company is actively managing its fiber supply and inventories to minimize customer order book disruption and all other Catalyst mills will continue normal operation. Elk Falls PM2 and PM5 production of newsprint and specialty uncoated grades will also continue without interruption.

Catalyst, headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, is a leading producer of mechanical printing papers in North America. The company also produces market kraft pulp and owns western Canada's largest paper recycling facility. With five mills at sites within a 160-kilometer radius on the south coast of British Columbia, Catalyst has a combined annual capacity of 2.3 million metric tons of product. Catalyst's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.

Source: Catalyst Paper Corporation
 

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