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Holmen: Hallsta Paper Mill postpones restart of PM 11

The clean-up after the fire of 20 November at Hallsta Paper Mill has
been completed, and that has enabled a better assessment of the
damage caused. Paper machine PM 12 is already up and running, while
it has now been assessed that PM 11 will be able to be restarted in

PM 11 manufactures fresh fibre-based magazine paper such as Holmen
VIEW and Holmen XLNT, with an annual capacity of 330 000 tonnes. It
was possible to restart the second machine at the mill, book paper
machine PM 12, on 2 December.

The clean-up effort surrounding the part of the pulp factory linked to
PM 11 was concluded last week.

"The damage proved to be more extensive than it was initially possible
to gain an overview of. So the assessment is that PM 11 will be
restarted in mid-March," says Nils Ringborg, CEO of Holmen Paper.

He adds:

"We have a close dialogue with our customers so we can manage the new
schedule while reviewing all opportunities to shorten the start-up

The fire took place in the pulp factory in the north of the factory
site. The two paper machines at the mill were not affected or damaged
by the fire. An investigation into the cause of the fire shows that
the fire arose next to a rotating axle whose heat caused smouldering
that rapidly spread.

As previously announced the incident is expected to have a negative
impact on results for the fourth quarter amounting to SEK 30 million.

For more information, please contact:
Jonas Lindell, communications manager, Holmen Paper, tel. +46 (0)70
323 20 13

This is information that Holmen AB is obliged to disclose under the
Swedish Securities Market Act and the Swedish Financial Instruments
Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication on 15
December 2015 at 11:00 CET.

Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures paperboard,
printing paper and sawn timber and runs forestry and energy
production operations. In 2014 Holmen's net sales were SEK 16 billion
and the group has approx. 3,400 employees. Holmen's shares are listed
on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap. For more information, visit


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