During the webinar, Sutton highlighted the market implications of the recently restarted Port Hawkesbury Paper supercalendered mill in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia. Sutton noted the restart isn’t expected to have a long-term influence on publication papers, though the effect could be dramatic in the short-to-medium term.
Port Hawkesbury started operating the supercalendered machine on Oct. 3 and is expected to produce 400,000 tonnes per year. Sutton pointed out that the North American capacity for supercalendered is 1 million tonnes per year and he called the sudden boost to the grade’s capacity “historic.”
In referencing the newsprint market, Sutton said, “So, when we look forward into next year, I don't think there's any other forecast that we could make other than publishing will continue to decline. Let’s assume maybe at today's rates of 7% or so. So, we will see continued fallout in newsprint next year.”
The Oct. 3 webinar was sponsored by Industry Intelligence, Inc. as part of its ongoing series of market-relevant, value-added accessible content. The presentation was sponsored by the National Paper Trade Association (NPTA), the association for the paper distribution channel, and Two Sides, an initiative by companies from the graphic communications supply chain aimed at increasing people’s knowledge about why print and paper constitute a versatile and sustainable communications medium.
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