Will convert a paper machine to a fluff pulp line to produce up to 516,000 metric tons per year.
MONTREAL — Domtar Corp. will invest $160 million to convert a paper machine at its Ashdown, Ark. mill to a high quality fluff pulp line used in absorbent applications such as baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products.
The planned conversion is expected to come online by the third quarter 2016 and will allow for the production of up to 516,000 metric tons of fluff pulp per year once the machine is in full operation. The project will also result in the permanent reduction of 364,000 short tons of annual uncoated freesheet production capacity in the second quarter of 2016.
Work is expected to start during the second quarter of 2016 and the fluff pulp line is scheduled to start‐up by the third quarter 2016. The company will also invest in a pulp bale line to manufacture paper-grade softwood pulp, which will be contingent on market conditions.
Domtar, based in Montreal, manufactures fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. In 2013, it had sales of $5.4 billion from 50 countries. The company employs approximately 10,000 people.