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Domtar to optimize fluff pulp production at its Plymouth mill

The restructuring includes the permanent closure of the small pulp dryer and idling of related assets, in addition to a workforce reduction.

3rd October 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Fort Mill, SC

Medical/Hygiene, Packaging

“This action at Plymouth along with the start-up of fluff pulp production at Ashdown will optimize Domtar’s fluff pulp manufacturing network and strengthen our position in the growing fluff-pulp market,” said Domtar President and CEO John D. Williams.

“We remain committed to the Plymouth mill, where we have made significant investments in the past several years. These changes will prepare the mill for long-term, sustainable success.”

Restructuring

The restructuring, which is expected to be completed by mid-2017, includes the permanent closure of the small pulp dryer and idling of related assets, in addition to a workforce reduction of approximately 100 positions.

The streamlining process will also right-size the mill to an annualized production target of approximately 380,000 metric tons of fluff pulp. The Plymouth mill will continue to produce Lighthouse Fluff, the benchmark grade for high-quality fluff pulp.

Domtar

Fluff pulp is bleached softwood cellulose fibre used in absorbent applications, such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products.

Domtar is a leading provider of a wide variety of fibre-based products including communication, specialty and packaging papers, market pulp and absorbent hygiene products. With approximately 10,000 employees serving more than 50 countries, Domtar is driven by a commitment to turn sustainable wood fibre into useful everyday products.

www.domtar.com

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