STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- To further improve efficiency and strengthen the competitiveness for the Professional Hygiene business in North America, SCA has decided to close the tissue production plant in Flagstaff, Arizona, in the US.
The closure of the Flagstaff tissue production plant is part of SCA's Tissue Roadmap and is aligned with the company's strategy to optimize the geographic production footprint to drive cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Professional Hygiene business area.
The Flagstaff tissue production plant has an annual capacity of 55,000 tons for the Professional Hygiene business. Production will be discontinued in June 2017.
The restructuring costs for the closure are expected to amount to approximately SEK 250m and will be recognized as an item affecting comparability, mainly taken in the second quarter of 2017. Approximately SEK 40m of these costs are expected to impact cash flow.
SCA, with the leading global brand Tork, is the second largest player in the US professional hygiene market. The US is the Group's largest market, based on net sales in 2016, and is highly prioritized by SCA.