Paper and Pulp Industry

  • A reprieve for the paper industry

    A reprieve for the paper industry

    Jute fibre, which could provide a solution to the increasing crisis in procuring wood pulp, could be science's gift to the paper industry.

  • Bookish bacteria

    Bookish bacteria

    Bacteria can be used to produce paper

  • Shaken roots

    FINLAND'S forestry and paper industries have attracted world attention but for all the wrong reasons. The country is ravaging its ancient forests with mechanical tree harvesters, according to an

  • Getting the chop

    Getting the chop

    Large-scale felling in Indonesia's Sumatra islands to feed the domestic paper manufacturing industry has led to a severe depletion in natural forest cover. Worse, there are further plans to cut more

  • Shaken to their roots

    THE UPHEAVAL in Canada's forestry sector is shaking many of the biggest companies to their roots. Parent companies, strapped for cash, have stopped supporting subsidiaries that are making losses


    The Sarawak high court in Malaysia has set a precedent by favouring indigenous farmers over industrial developers. The court redefined the meaning of indigenous lands and ruled that the Borneo Paper

  • The writing on the wall

    PAPER The industry may not pass on the excise duty cuts on writing, printing and packing paper to consumers. The measures # The excise duty on writing, printing and packing paper has been reduced from 12 to 8 per cent. Further, full exemption from excise has been provided for paper and paper products (for up to 3,500 tonnes) produced from non-conventional raw materials. The context # The paper consumption has been growing at 8-9 per cent in tune with the gross domestic product (GDP) growth. The 20 per cent increase in allocation towards education would further fuel the demand. However, paper prices have been rising continuously owing to a cost push from the rising prices of pulp and other raw materials. The impact # While welcoming the move to reduce excise duty, the paper industry remained non-committal on any price cut. "There has been an overall cost push in the raw materials such as pulp, coal, etc. The excise cut will help us absorb some of the cost push. However, a call on passing on the benefit of this cut will be taken only next week,' said R R Vederah, managing director, Bilt, the country's largest paper producer. Shares of paper companies, however, had a depressing day at the Bombay Stock Exchange. The share price of Bilt closed at Rs 136.90, down 1.55 per cent over the previous close. J K Paper's share closed at Rs 39.90, down 1.24 per cent over the previous day. "The 20 per cent increase in allocation towards education will fuel demand and induce further investments. I do not expect an immediate impact of the excise reduction on consumers and paper prices will depend on the overall demand-supply scenario,' said Pradeep Dobhale, president, Indian Paper Manufacturers' Association and chief executive of ITC's paper division.

  • Low carbon or new development model?

    <p>The last two years have seen a flurry of reports that have projected the long-term greenhouse gas emissions trajectory of India, and how the country can go low-carbon and help solve the climate change crisis.

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