Australian Forests and Timber

MILL FUTURE

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NORSKE Skog, the owner of the Tasman newsprint mill in Kawerau, has begun talks with staff over the mill’s future, following a lengthy review. Unionists have been expressing concern for some months about the mill’s viability, given the declining world demand for newsprint.

A spokesman for Norske Skog, David Quin, said the mill had about 160 staff, and they were briefed on Wednesday about the outcome of a strategic review that was initiated last September.

He said the company did not want to say what the review’s conclusion was until the consultati­on process was complete, but stressed that “no decisions have been made.”

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