Monday, May 25, 2015
Tembec will suspend operations at its three sawmills due to unbearable cost of wood supply in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region, which makes the uncompetitive given the persistent weak market prices for lumber in North America. This development will lead to 360 jobs in shamble at Tembec that are being affected by the new provincial forestry regime implemented in April 2013.
“Tembec has already expressed its concerns, on many occasions, to the Québec Government regarding wood costs at its sawmills in Abitibi-Témiscamingue,” said James Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Unfortunately, these costs have increased more than 20%. We hope that the Premier of Québec, Mr. Philippe Couillard, will have the determination to act quickly, as he promised during his swearing-in speech of his Cabinet on April 23, 2014,” added Mr. Lopez.
Tembec is still trying to obtain from the Québec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks an additional annual volume of some 300,000 m³ of softwood to ensure the long-term operations of its three Abitibi-Témiscamingue sawmills.
As of May 25, Tembec’s La Sarre, Senneterre and Béarn sawmills will suspend operations for a period of two weeks, removing approximately 12 million board feet of production. Further downtime may be required if conditions do not improve.
Tembec is a manufacturer of forest products – lumber, pulp, paper and specialty cellulose – and a global leader in sustainable forest management practices. Principal operations are in Canada and France. With annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion, Tembec has 3,400 employees, of which 1,700 work in Québec, and is listed on the TSX (TMB).