Cascades Considering Closure of Djupafors Business in Sweden

Cascades Inc., Kingsey Fall, Que., Canada, a producer of green packaging and tissue products, announced that its subsidiary, Cascades Djupafors, located in Ronneby, Sweden, will start the consultation process with unions on February 25 concerning potential closure of the Djupafors business. The plant, acquired by Cascades in 1989, has 130 employees and specializes in the production of coated boxboard for folding boxes made from virgin fibers. It has an annual production capacity of 60,000 metric tons.

"Djupafors is in a difficult financial position and is operating in a very competitive market. The announcement is part of a revision and restructuring process of our manufacturing platform in Europe. It is also worth noting that we have been dealing with a difficult economic environment in Europe since 2011," explained Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades.