Massive paper and board production downtime hits China as energy usage limits

Government-mandated energy curb halts Jiangsu factories and production in eight other provinces

By: Shawn Wang, Fastmarkets Forest Products News Editor

Many paper and board (P&B) mills in China are slowing production due to a power supply crunch and government-mandated curbs on energy use.
In August, the Chinese central government censured Jiangsu and eight other provinces for failing to lower their energy intensity (measured by energy consumption per unit of GDP) in H1 this year.

The targeted provinces now must come up with energy-saving measures to make up for it over the rest of the year. Jiangsu – the second largest provincial economy – is taking the request to an unprecedented scale.

Jiangsu factories slow production and output by tens of thousands of tonnes
Hundreds of Jiangsu factories in various sectors – including chemicals and paper – have been ordered to either slow or halt production as early as the second week of September.

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