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Fortress Paper to Temporarily Shut Quebec Pulp Mill

Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Fortress Paper Ltd., a Canadian maker of wood pulp, will temporarily close a Quebec mill because of Chinese duties on importing Canadian dissolving pulp.

The shutdown of the mill in Thurso will start Dec. 22 and last about 10 weeks, North Vancouver-based Fortress said today in a statement. China’s interim duties have made it “uneconomical” to make specialty pulp at the mill, the company said.

“During this downtime, we will continue to implement various operational improvements that will bring our overall cost structure down,” Fortress Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chad Wasilenkoff said in the statement.

China’s Ministry of Commerce imposed a preliminary 13 percent anti-dumping duty on imports of dissolving pulp from producers in Canada, pending a final determination on the tariff, Fortress said in a Nov. 6 statement.

Dissolving pulp is used to make products such as cigarette filters and synthetic fabrics including rayon. It’s so named because the pulp is dissolved in chemicals before being used in manufacturing.

Fortress rose 3 percent to C$4.16 at the close in Toronto. The shares have declined 48 percent this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Christopher Donville in Vancouver at cjdonville@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Simon Casey at scasey4@bloomberg.net

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