Stockholm, Sweden 03 July 2013 -- It has not been possible to reach a sales solution for the mill in Tofte despite much effort, and so Södra has now made the decision to close the plant. This decision means that production will cease in August.
"We have spent more than six months trying to sell the Tofte mill at commercial terms. We have been in touch with a large number of stakeholders during this time. Despite our efforts, however, we are unfortunately forced to conclude that it has not been possible to reach a sales solution," says Gunilla Saltin, President of Södra Cell.
This decision means that production will cease in August. A total of some 280 members of staff at the mill will be affected.
This decision is based on long-term difficulties with achieving profitability at the plant. It has not been possible to turn the tide despite extensive measures being implemented. A process began in late 2012 with a view to finding a buyer. However, the discussions held have proven fruitless, hence the reason for this decision.
Facts: Södra Cell Tofte
The mill in Tofte was purchased by Södra in 2000. Its production capacity amounts to 400 000 tonnes of chemical paper pulp. The factory employs 280 staff.