China, APP and Packaging Innovation - Shaping Indian Paper Industry

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Read the editorial of nov- dev 2018 month issue in context of waste paper import ban in China, Asia Pulp and Paper's entry into manufacturing segment and packaging innovation in India.

China, APP and Packaging Innovation - Shaping Indian Paper Industry

The Pulp and Paper Times | Editorial | Nov-Dec 2018 Month issue

These days, News related to China’s Environmental concern positively changing the Indian paper industry every day. FICCI’s survey on paper industry proves these changes. For Quarter -2 (July-Sept.) of the financial year 2018-19, 50% of the participants in the survey, expect their production level to be more than that of the same quarter last year. Indian Paper industry is almost utilising their production capacities at 88%. ‘The average capacity utilization of the sector is hovering around 88% with 50% of the respondents operating at a higher capacity than that of last year. Majority of the respondents plan to expand capacity in the next six months.’ Survey says.

News which is coming from India may change paper trade mathematics in the coming five years. Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is reported to have gone into a MOU agreement for land acquisition in Andhra Pradesh. A Rs. 20,000 Crore investment for setting up India’s largest paper mill, can’t be untouched to paper import & export dimension in India. “We will make paper here (India) and sell it to the Indian market as well as export to other countries also. If we start plant here we stop importing the paper.” Mr. Suresh Kilam, Executive Director of APP revealed to us.     

News from Packaging Innovation may disrupt our sentiments, Bio-lutions, a German company that uses agricultural waste to produce packaging as well as tableware, successfully completed its pilot project in Bengaluru’s Jakkur neighbourhood and their first full-fledged plant began operations in September in Ramanagara, 40 km away from the city. The plant will use 1,500 to 2,000 tonnes of fibres annually – from plants like sugarcane, banana and tomato – along with wheat and rice straw bought locally from the farmers in Mandya, and convert it all into packaging for fruits and vegetables, electronics, trays for surgical equipment and bio-plastic foil for materials that require a waterproof surface.

Another cheerful news is coming up, Government authorities of central China's Hunan Province said that all pulp-making and outdated paper-making capacity in three cities and one district around Dongting Lake will be closed by the end of the year, and all paper mills in this area will be shut down by the end of 2019. Dongting Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in China. The lake is rich in reeds, giving rise to many paper-making and pulp-making mills. While contributing to taxes and employment, they also caused water pollution.

India paper industry has all reason to cheer but we must not forget that ‘development’ on the cost of the environment may imitate into pollution and hazardous situation.

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