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

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Modernising Paper Technology

Modernising Paper Technology Hansavivek BALLARPUR INDUSTRIES has final- ised a Rs 80 crore scheme for full scale modernisation and renovation of its paper mills at Ballarpur and Yamuna- nagar. To be completed in about five years, the scheme is in final stages of discussion with financial institutions. The sixth paper machine at Ballarpur unit was commissioned in January 1983. This will augment capacity by 11,500 tonnes per annum of paper of lower grammages, industrial grades and specialities. Fifth paper machine at Yamunanagar capable of producing similar varieties of paper was commissioned in June 1983. During 1982-83, paper division produced 1,21,819 tonnes of paper as against 1,15,340 tonnes in previous year. COB licences for stationery works remain unaltered, as dompany's application for acceptance of installed capacity still awaits clearance of Central government. Production of coated papers declined from 7.069 tonnes to 6.715 tonnes due to frequent power trippings and load shedding. A second coating plant is proposed to be installed in May 1984. Production in Chlor Alkalisplants was affected by power cuts and erratic supply. Recessionary conditions in other industries induced a diminishing offtake of caustic soda, chlorine and hydrochloric acid which, coupled with commissioning of additional manufacturing capacity in different parts of the country, resulted in fierce competition and reduction in price realisations. The Singuch salt works produced 1,16,605 tonnes of salt against 72,369 tonnes in previous year. Production is now sufficient to meet requirements of company's chlor alkali plants. A bromine plant made wholly of glass and only one of its kind in India, litis been set up at Singach salt works and commissioned in June 1983. In a normal year, availability of bitterns will be sufficient, to produce 220 to 250 tonnes of bromine at this plant. Gokarna salt works produced 3.618 tonnes of salt against 4,959 tonnes previously. Vanaspati division produced 14,749 tonnes against 17,183 tonnes due to limited availability of imported and indigenous oils. Company introduced KM) per cent pure refined corn oil which met with quick success. but distribution had to be restricted on account of limitations in availability of raw materials. Shipping division, which has only one bulk carrier of L0,119 DWT completed 8 voyages against 3 in previous year and incurred a cash loss of about Rs 37 lakh against lis 67 lakh previously. Company is awaiting MRTP clearance for purchase of more ships which it will undertake at a more propitious time.

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