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Domtar Corporation, which owns the Attends incontinence brand, is making plans to convert a pulp and paper plant in Ashdown, Ark. in hopes to expand their business. The $160 million investment will be used to increase production of the fluff material that’s used in their absorbent products, such as adult diapers and feminine hygiene products.
The paper machine should be completed in late 2016 and will have a production capacity of approximately 516,000 tons of fluff pulp annually. Currently, Domtar’s mill in Plymouth, NC has a production capacity of 448,000 tons. The addition to the Ashdown mill will make Domtar the world’s fourth-largest fluff pulp producer.
“The fluff pulp conversion project at the Ashdown mill is an important step in advancing our strategy to generate $300 to $500 million of EBITDA from growth businesses,” John D. Williams, CEO, said in a statement. “We are expanding our presence in a growing business that will allow us to support our top tier supplier position with some of the world’s largest producers of absorbent hygiene products. Once completed, Ashdown, together with our Plymouth mill will provide a platform to further strengthen our leading position as an effective producer of high quality fluff pulp with nearly one million tonnes of total production capacity.”
“The conversion of the paper machine in 2016 will further help balance our supply with our customers’ demand. In the interim, the flexibility of the two remaining paper machines at the Ashdown mill allows us to take measured steps to adjust our paper production while selling papergrade pulp,” Williams continued.
Domtar acquired Attends Healthcare in 2011.