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Indian paper consumption growing


October 2, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

New Delhi, India — Consumption of paper in India will double over the next eight years from the current seven mill…

New Delhi, India — Consumption of paper in India will double over the next eight years from the current seven million ton per year, according to the Indian Paper Manufacturers Association. The increased growth likely will be the result of increasing literacy rates and increased government spending on education.

Narayan Moorthy, secretary general of the IPMA, stated, “The growth in paper is inevitable and is likely to contribute significantly to the government’s target of achieving an overall growth of 12% in manufacturing. Unfortunately, the rising cost of raw materials, primarily wood and wood products, are a big challenge facing the industry.”

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This high cost, along with sparse availability of raw materials, has stalled the growth of the paper manufacturing industry in India, and the IPMA is calling for access to degraded lands near manufacturing facilities. Moorthy explained, “The concept of captive plantation which industry is submitting is based on rotational planting and harvesting to ensure that once planted the entire area remains green in perpetuity along with generating employment and enabling the wood-based industry to become globally competitive.”

Source: Yahoo! News India


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