Paper Excellence Canada has said that some of its IT systems have been impacted by malware, resulting in business complications.
In a press release, the pulp manufacturer said that on the morning of February 19, malware corrupted some of it’s systems and has caused the inability to use communications as well as certain production capabilities.
The incident has been confined to the company’s corporate office in Richmond along with manufacturing locations at Crofton, Howe Sound, Port Alberni and Powell River, according to the press release.
Paper Excellence Canada has issued a statement that reads “there is the possibility that certain product deliveries may be impacted as we work to resolve this issue.”
According to the pulp manufacturer, the IT systems that were effected have been isolated and they are currently assessing the impact level.
Following the company’s assessment of it’s systems, they will reveal their plan for returning to full production.
External advisors have been engaged in order to assist in the investigation as well.
This announcement comes on the heels of Paper Excellence Canada claiming it will be shutting down Crofton’s pulp and paper mill for a month as part of a curtailment.
The curtailment is a direct result of the company being unable to get enough wood and the plant shutdown will impact about 450 employees, members of Unifor and the Pulp Paper and Woodworkers of Canada unions, according to Operations Vice President Stew Gibson.
Gibson said the mill’s long-term contractual supplies of wood have been cut off because of developments in the coastal and interior forest regions, which are the basis of the mill’s operations.