Emami's packaging paper plant to commission operations in March

Emami Paper Mills recently announced its diversification into high-end packaging paper, would commission its plant by March next year, as per a PTI report.
Emami's packaging paper plant to commission operations in March

Emami Paper Mills recently announced its diversification into high-end packaging paper, would commission its plant by March next year, as per a PTI report.

"We are setting up a new state-of-the-art paper packaging plant at its existing facility at Balasore in Odisha on 100 acres of land. The plant would manufacture high-end packaging paper use in the packing cosmetics and other consumer items. Also, it will manufacture elementary chlorine free (ECF) food-grade packaging materials, and the estimated cost of setting up the plant would be Rs 1,000 crore," said P S Patwari, Executive Director, Emami Paper.

So far, the company had been making newsprint at its Kolkata and Balasore plants.

"With the invasion of the digital media, the market for newsprint will not witness much growth and is bleak for which it will not make any fresh investments in this segment", he added.

The plant, which would have a capacity of 1.30 lakh tonnes (LT) per year, would operate in the 5 LT high-end pagkaging paper market with competitors like ITC, J&K and Century Paper.

"The high-end packaging paper market is growing at a rate of 20 per cent per annum", he said.

He said that 20 per cent to 30 per cent of the production would be exported, rest to be sold domestically.

"In the next two years, the new division will contribute around Rs 650 crore, while existing revenue from newsprint sale is Rs 550 crore", Patwari said.

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