A Publication on World Pulp, Paper & Allied Industry

January - March' 2002 - Vol. 6 Issue 1



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Valedictory Function ITC Bhadrachalam - Best Stall in Paperex

A colourful Valedictory function of Paperex 2001 was held in Le Meridien Hotel to mark the conclusion of 5th International Conference & Exhibition on pulp and paper industry, Paperex 2001.

Mr Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, in his address mentioned the importance of paper in any civilised society and said that paper is an important medium normally for education but also for all other commercial activities. Thus, the per capita consumption of this commodity is an indicator of any socio-economic development of any society. The per capita consumption of paper in India is quite low, compared to other developed world. However, the anticipated growth in the literacy rate and fast pace of industrialisation, the paper industry in India is passing through a number of constraints like obsolences of technology, smaller sizes, lack of raw materials, demand recession etc. The industry should concentrate on producing value added items to enable it to be competitive internationally and must pay greater attention on improving the process and products. Efficiency must be improved at all levels and must try for achieving excellence both in quality and quantity, if this industry has to survive in the globalised economic era.

Valedictory Function : Chairman of Sheryans Industries speaking on this occasion, seen in the photo L - R Mr. Parmod Jain, President, IARPMA, Mr. R P Rudy, Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Mr. N. Gopalaratnam, CMD, Seshasayee Paper, Mr. M L Wadhwa, Tafcon and Mr. P G Mukundan, Secretary General, IARPMA

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He complimented organisors of the Paperex that the exhibition and conference could enlighten the industry about the emerging technologies and processes and also other parameters which help Indian industry to grow gradually to meet the world challenges. He said that during the three day conference and exhibition a number of issues have come up which could have a direct bearing on a product quality of Indian paper industry. The participants must, therefore, strive to achieve quality by adopting such processes and methods in the manufacturing activities which can not only be cost effective but also quality improvement. While, speaking on the subject of raw material, the industry must look for alternative sources of raw materials and should try all other available raw materials to make it eco-friendly. He, however, mentioned that the Govt is aware of the fibre shortages of paper industry and assured of his cooperation in solving the long pending problem of the paper industry. He also mentioned about the various steps taken by the Govt in encouraging exports of paper and  said off late the industry has been exporting paper to our neighbouring countries and urged the industry to maintain the tempo for sustaining the current level of growth rate. Mr Rudy also gave away the awards to the best stall, the best display of technology etc.

Mr. R P Rudy, Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry presenting award to one of the Awardees

Mr D K Oswal, Chairman of Shreyans Industries Limited mentioned that India needs to build up its interest  in paper making to meet the challenges of WTO regime. He, however, urged for greater use of agro residues as a raw material for paper manufacture. He said that the agro residues forms only 10% of total world paper production which is confined mainly to two countries like China and India. He stressed the need for Indian R& D Centres to develop technologies compatible to the global market. He felt that the industry needs flexible and favourable policies to compete in the global market. He suggested that dumping should not be allowed and the anti-dumping laws should  be implemented timely and effectively.

Mr N. Gopalaratnam, Chairman of the Technical Committee gave in brief the technical discussions, presentations and the decisions emerged out of the deleberations held during the three days. Earlier, in his welcome address, Mr Parmod Jain stressed upon the need for greater involvement of industry in the promotional approach and stated that the Govt must involve industry in the policy formulations so that the policy becomes beneficial to the industry. Mr P G Mukundan, Secretary General of Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association and Editor of Inpaper International proposed the vote of thanks.






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