Stora Enso will, subject to decisions by the respective German corporate bodies, permanently shut down the 195,000 tonnes per year newsprint machine at Maxau Mill in Germany by the end of November 2010. Newsprint production at Maxau will end due to weak European market outlook and high production costs. Sales prices have fallen significantly while recovered paper and wood costs have risen strongly. As a result, there is no realistic prospect of newsprint production at Maxau Mill becoming profitable again in the foreseeable future.
“The European newsprint market is structurally heavily oversupplied and there has been no substantial recovery in demand since consumption collapsed in early 2009. The outlook for demand is negative too. In addition, the availability of wood and recycled fibre in Germany has been limited, so costs have been rising fast recently,” says Juha Vanhainen, EVP, Publication Paper Business Area.
The permanent shutdown of the newsprint machine at Maxau Mill will reduce European newsprint capacity by approximately 1.5%. The two uncoated magazine paper machines with total annual capacity 530 000 tonnes at Maxau Mill will remain in operation.