Voith Paper Technology CEO Hans Mueller delivers speech
By Our Corporate Bureau | 05 Dec 2003
In his speech, he did not only point out current trends in the international paper industry, but also spoke about future developments of the Indian paper market.
India is a highly important market for the paper industry. The demand for paper in India is rising by nearly 7 per cent every year. In 2000, the paper consumption in India amounted to some 4.2 million tonnes, by 2010 it will have reached 8 million tonnes. In other words: the annual per capita consumption of approximately 4 kilograms at the end of the last millennium will have grown to nearly 7 kilograms by 2010.
In order to satisfy this demand, more than 10 new paper machines will be necessary. As it is, the Indian paper industry is already struggling to meet national requirements. Last year, India imported approximately 500,000 tonnes of paper. By 2010, the import volume is expected to have more than tripled, with an estimated amount of 1.7 million tonnes. At present, there are 540 paper mills in India, with 300,000 people working in the industry.
The increasing demand offers excellent prospects for the Indian paper industry and also for Voith, one of the world's leading manufacturers of paper machines. Voith has a long-standing tradition as a partner of the Indian paper industry. Voith delivered its first paper machine to India as early as 1924.
1994, Voith delivered a world innovation to India: a
paper machine which produces paper from sugar cane bagasse.
Voith Paper is represented in Kolkata in a joint venture
company with Larsen & Toubro. Voith paper machines
and components can be found in all major paper mills