Daishowa America’s parent merges with former rival in Japan; little effect on Port Angeles operations

The merger of Daishowa America Co. Ltd.’s parent company and Nippon Unipac Holding Co. will be completed April 1, creating the largest paper-making company in Japan and seventh largest in the world.

Since announcing the move in March 2000, Daishowa, which produces telephone-book paper at its Port Angeles plant, and Nippon have been integrating components of both companies, said Teruo (David) Tamaki, president of Port Angeles-based Daishowa America.

Daishowa America is one of four Daishowa Paper Manufacturing subsidiaries in the United States and Canada. The merger was consummated through a $1.08 billion exchange of shares.

As of April 1, the Daishowa name will vanish in Japan, replaced by Nippon Paper Industries Ltd.

But Tamaki said merger day will come and go at the Ediz Hook mill with “business as usual on the day of the merger and after that.”

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