An investment in a new paper machine is to double the tissue paper production of Century Pulp and Paper. Metsä Fibre sells pulp to the Indian market in cooperation with its Japanese partner, Itochu.
A new tissue paper machine, which will double the production of Century Pulp and Paper (CPP) to 76,000 tonnes a year, has been set up in Uttarakhand, northern India, in April 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the machine came online slightly later than scheduled.
While this volume will make the company the biggest producer in the tissue paper market in India, it is not enough.
However, Narain says that environmental awareness is accelerating growth in packaging materials, with the aim of replacing plastic with renewable materials such as paperboard and textile fibres. Century also makes Rayon Grade Pulp (RGP) products.
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“The growth was stronger in the paperboard market. Tissue papers also grew at an annual rate of roughly 12 per cent, even though the market is still small,” says A S Mehta, President of IPMA. He is also the CEO of JK Paper, one of the biggest companies in the industry.