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APP Eyes India for Possible Mill

Vijayawada, India 15 February 2018 -- (From news reports) -- The management of Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the largest paper manufacturers in the world, has evinced interest to set up India's largest paper mill in Andhra Pradesh.

Eyeing the increasing demand for paper in China market, APP zeroed in on Andhra Pradesh to start operations as it will be the best location in the East Coast for them to transport raw material to the proposed company and paper to China.During a meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi on Wednesday, APP executive director of marketing Suresh Kilam requested the government to allocate 2,500 acres of land near a port in the State for setting up the paper mill. He informed that the company will start production within two-and-half-years if the State government allocates the required land.

When the Chief Minister enquired about import and export potential, discharge information and the plan of action, Kilam said that once land is confirmed, they would submit a feasibility report in 50 days. He said that the company is planning to produce only packaging paper at the proposed unit in AP and will have a daily import and export of materials weighing around 30,000 tonnes.Responding positively, the Chief Minister suggested them to make a visit to the surrounding areas of Kakinada, Machilipatnam and Krishnapatnam ports. Asia Pulp and Paper is one of the largest conglomerates in Indonesia and its operations span across banking, infrastructure, agribusiness communications, cooking oil, palm oil, real estate and telecommunications.

The company representatives said that the paper mill have a capacity to produce 4,000 metric tonnes of paper a day. One fourth of production will earmarked for the Indian market, they said.



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