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Press release from CNW Group

Fibrek announces temporary shutdown of Saint-Félicien mill

Friday, July 27, 2012

Fibrek announces temporary shutdown of Saint-Félicien mill16:15 EDT Friday, July 27, 2012TSX: FBKwww.fibrek.comMONTREAL, July 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Fibrek Inc. (TSX: FBK) has announced the temporary shutdown of its market pulp mill in Saint-Félicien starting on July 29, 2012 in order to carry out repairs on the electrostatic precipitator. The shutdown is expected to last about one week. This measure has been taken to avoid excessive particulate emissions into the atmosphere and attests to the commitment of Fibrek's new management to improve the Company's environmental performance."We will spare no effort to ensure that Fibrek's operations achieve the same environmental performance as those of Resolute Forest Products" said Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fibrek and Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE : RFP) (TSX : RFP).About Fibrek  Fibrek (TSX: FBK) is a leading producer and marketer of high-quality virgin and recycled kraft pulp. The company operates three mills located in Saint-Félicien, Québec, Fairmont, West Virginia, and in Menominee, Michigan with a combined annual production capacity of 760,000 tonnes. Fibrek has approximately 500 employees. The Saint-Félicien mill provides northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (product known as NBSK pulp) to various sectors of the paper industry mainly in Canada, the United States and Europe, for use in the production of specialized products. The Fairmont and Menominee mills manufacture air-dried recycled bleached kraft pulp (product known as RBK pulp) and primarily supply manufacturers of fine uncoated paper, tissue paper for commercial and industrial uses, and coated paper in the United States. Forward-Looking Statements  This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements can be identified by expressions of belief, expectation or intention, as well as those statements that are not historical facts and include statements concerning Fibrek's future outlook, business strategy, plans, expectations, results or actions, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by words such as "may", "should", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "outlook" and similar expressions. These statements are based on information currently available to Fibrek's management and on the current assumptions, intentions, plans, expectations and estimates of Management regarding Fibrek's future growth, results of operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities and ability to attract and retain customers as well as the economic environment in which it operates. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results of Fibrek to differ materially from the conclusion, forecast or projection stated in such forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, pulp prices and sales volume, exchange rate fluctuations, cost and supply of wood fibre, wastepaper and other raw materials, pension contributions, competitive markets, dependence upon key customers, increased production capacity, equipment failure, disruptions of production, capital requirements and other factors referenced in Fibrek's continuous disclosure filings which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and, except as required by applicable securities laws, Fibrek assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.SOURCE: FIBREK INC.For further information: Investor Relations: Jo-Ann Longworth Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 514-394-2345 Media and Other: Jacques Vachon Vice President, Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary 514-394-2398