The 13th edition of International Exhibition & Conference on Pulp, Paper & Allied Industries, Paperex 2017, was opened on 1st November. ‘Paper Day’ was celebrated on the side-lines of Paperex 17 on the same day. With the increasing demand for paper products and an increasingly severe shortage of raw materials at mills, manufacturers have again asked for a comprehensive industrial plantation policy.
- In the event, minister of state for commerce and industry C R Choudhary suggested the industry increasing its rate of recycling across categories. He said, “there is huge shortage of cheap raw material and suggested that recycling input should be used.” Recycling in India is 40-50 per cent; it is over 85 per cent in Japan.
- Upgrdation of technology is important by the domestic paper industry to compete in the global markets and boost exports of quality products.
- Consumption for paper will go up substantially. Currently, per capita consumption of paper is 9.8 kg as compared to 350 kg in the US and global average of 58 kg.
- Paper is a great source of information and in spite of digitalisation, the importance of paper cannot be ignored or marginalised.
- Dr Harsh Vardhan, minister of science & technology, ministry of environment, forest and climate change and ministry of earth sciences said, “We use only 12% of the paper for writing and I believe that paper will be in demand despite digitalisation.”
Source: Mint / Business Standard