APP proposes 2,500 acre paper mill in Andhra Pradesh

Jakarta-based Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) is said to have expressed interest to set up a paper mill in Andhra Pradesh which would be the largest mill ever in India.

04 Apr 2018 | By Sriraam Selvam

Considered one of the largest paper manufacturers in the world, APP is said to have chosen Andhra Pradesh for its proximity to the east coast. This is expected to make transportation of raw material easier to the proposed company and finished paper products to China, whose market is seeing growing demand for paper and allied products.

According to media reports, the management of APP met with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at the Interim Government Complex in Velagapudi and requested his government to allocate 2,500 acres of land near a port in the State for setting up of the paper mill.

Suresh Kilam, executive director of marketing, APP is said to have headed the team and is said to have informed Naidu that that company will start production within two-and-half-years if the State government allocates the required land.

Kilam is also said to have informed 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.

The report also states APP representatives stating that the paper mill has a capacity to produce 4,000 metric tonnes of paper a day and one-fourth of the production is expected to be utilised for the Indian market.

APP is expected to submit a feasibility report for the project within 50 days from the date of confirmation of land.

The Chief Minister, according to the report, responded positively to the proposition and has suggested port towns of Kakinada, Machilipatnam and Krishnapatnam for visit.