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Domtar 2016 Annual Report

WORKING SMART EVERY DAY DOMTAR 2016 ANNUAL REPORT 9 ENGAGING OUR PEOPLE IN CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT For our pulp and paper division, working smart means taking a disciplined, methodical and measured approach to continuous improvement (CI). Using a common set of tools, processes and metrics, Domtar colleagues are finding savings and increasing productivity across the mill system. ‘‘The entire success of our CI program is dependent on the support, participation and commitment of our employees,’’ says Michael D. Garcia, President, Pulp and Paper Division. “The power in CI is really about engaging the people closest to the work, getting their ideas on how to make improvements and giving them the opportunity to make processes run better.” CI initiatives driven by engaged people are instrumental in optimizing Domtar’s pulp and paper operations and reducing manufacturing costs per ton, in many cases with little or no capital spending. From increasing machine uptime to reducing scrap, there is no shortage of areas for improvement in a complex manufacturing process such as ours. By actively working with all of our bleached pulp mills in 2016 to reduce variability and optimize targets, we reduced the cost per ton of chemicals. An ongoing and focused CI effort at our Plymouth mill resulted in more stable and efficient digester cooking and chemical bleaching operating parameters that helped lower manufacturing costs and set annual production records in 2016. Despite more frequent grade changes and shorter runs, our Johnsonburg mill improved downtime, reduced the amount of paper being put back in the pulper, as well as time spent on grade changes. This led to an increase in machine efficiency in 2016. New and ongoing CI projects are expected to support cost reduction and productivity increases across our mill system in 2017. The same principles are also being successfully applied to Domtar-wide health and safety initiatives. We will continue to maximize the contribution of reliable and efficient assets through the efforts of engaged and motivated employees who are empowered to make a difference. CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT 2016 ✔


Domtar 2016 Annual Report
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