Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 04 March 2014 -- Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced today that its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") in Thurso, Québec restarted operations after taking market downtime of 10 weeks. The FSC Mill will be producing initially northern bleached hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp and expects to ramp-up to normalized production in approximately 15 days. In keeping with the Company's "swing mill" strategy, the FSC Mill will continue to operate by swinging production between both NBHK pulp and dissolving pulp to best respond to changing market conditions, particularly in light of the interim anti-dumping trade duty currently imposed by China's Ministry of Commerce.
Yvon Pelletier, President of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., commented: "I am pleased with the initiatives completed at the FSC Mill during this recent downtime. As a result of these improvements, the FSC Mill should operate with greater efficiency and improved reliability over the coming year."
About Fortress Paper
Fortress Paper operates internationally in two distinct business segments: dissolving pulp and security paper products. The Company operates its dissolving pulp business at the Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill located in Canada, which has expanded into the renewable energy generation sector with the construction of a cogeneration facility and the production of NBHK pulp. The Company is also evaluating expanding its dissolving pulp capacity by converting the Fortress Global Cellulose Mill located at Lebel-sur Quévillon, Québec into a dissolving pulp mill and restarting the cogeneration facility. The Company operates its security paper products business at the Landqart Mill located in Switzerland, where it produces banknote, passport, visa and other brand protection and security papers, and at its high security production and research facility located in Canada, where it manufactures optically variable thin film material.