APR to increase viscose fibre production to meet demand

Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), a leading viscose rayon producer, is set to increase its production capacity to 600,000 tonnes to meet the strong growth potential of viscose staple fibre (VSF) and strengthen its market position in Indonesia and regional export markets. The company uses the latest technology to produce high-quality rayon to meet textile needs.

The additional capacity will be achieved through improved optimisation and efficiencies, and by adding a 300,000-tonne viscose production facility in Pangkalan Kerinci, where APR is co-located with sister company and fibre supplier, April group. The expansion will utilise April’s current AE pulp capacity from existing pulp production lines, with fibre supply sourced from April’s existing responsibly managed renewable fibre plantations in compliance with internationally recognised forest certification standards and its Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP2.0). It is also consistent with the company’s recently announced APRIL2030 commitments and targets, according to APR.

Construction of the additional APR production lines is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2021 and will include features such as a chemical recovery process upgrade, slush-pulp processing installation and other investments aimed at reducing APR’s energy use and environmental footprint. Upon the additional lines’ completion in 2023, APR will be the world’s largest single-site integrated viscose manufacturing facility, seamlessly integrating dissolving wood pulp from APRIL’s renewable fibre plantations, APR said in a media statement.

“As a relatively new entrant in the VSF market, APR has established a strong market presence within two years with a growing network of customers in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey. Our VSF business will continue to expand into the international markets by partnering with others in the textile value chain. With the advantage of economies of scale, we are committed to responding to customer demand for sustainable viscose with quality, differentiated product offerings, and competitive pricing,” Sachin Malik, APR sales head said in a statement.

APR ensures that dissolving wood pulp sources come from internationally recognized, credible forest certification systems such as PEFC which guarantee the wood fibre to be from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources. APR will continue to maintain 100 per cent PEFC Chain of Custody certification for viscose.

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