ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Pioneer in Paper Research

Pioneer in Paper Research Hansavivek WEST COAST PAPER MILLS was the first major paper mill in India to invest in a Research Centre, which is recognised by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. This investment has been a significant factor in the high productivity of the mill, winning for it awards of the National Productivity Council for two successive years. The largest contribution of R and D has been in development of raw materials. The mill now uses new varieties of hardwood such as casuarine and non-traditional materials like mesta and bagasse for pulp. Recovery of pulp has also been enhanced with pioneering use of anthra- quinone, a pulping additive. Recently introduced high value coated papers use a coating formulation created by the mill's scientists and the result is a high quality product much prized in market. Other speciality products include paper for cheques. The research centre is currently studying alternative sources of energy from biowastes and reduction of environmental pollution besides on-going projects on saving The Week's Companies scarce raw materials, increasing pulp yield and improving productivity.

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