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The Age: Logging uncertainty: Nippon to close white paper mill in La Trobe Valley

Japanese paper giant Nippon will close Australia’s last white paper plant, meaning 200 jobs will be lost at the Maryvale mill and native forest logging in Victoria could end sooner than scheduled. The Japanese paper company’s Australian subsidiary, Opal, was one of a few remaining major customers of the state’s native timber industry, which is scheduled to close by 2030, with logging reduced from 2024. In a statement on its website, Nippon said the company would withdraw from the graphic paper business – including paperboard, kraft paper, graphic paper, corrugated board and folding cartons – in Australia and New Zealand.

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