Paper and Paper Products

Paper and Paper Products

The paper industry is one of the oldest and the most important industry in terms of socio-economic development of the country. The size of the industry is estimated to be Rs. 25,000 crore ($ 5.95 billion). It accounts for about 1.6% of the world’s production of paper and paperboard. The industry provides employment to more than 0.12 million people directly and 0.34 million people indirectly. Most of the paper mills are in existence for a long time and hence present technologies fall in a wide spectrum ranging from oldest to the most modern.

The consumption of paper has been growing by around 6% annually from the past five years. The paper industry can be segmented by type of paper produced like Creamwove, Maplitho, Copler, Coated Paper, Industrial Paper and Specialty paper. Industrial Paper forms the bulk, accounting to around 60% of the total consumption.


So far, the growth in paper industry has mirrored the growth in GDP and has grown on an average 6-7 per cent over the last few years. India is the fastest growing market for paper globally and it presents an exciting scenario; paper consumption is poised for a big leap forward in sync with the economic growth and is estimated to touch 13.95 million tons by 2015-16. The futuristic view is that growth in paper consumption would be in multiples of GDP and hence an increase in consumption by one kg per capita would lead to an increase in demand of 1 million tons. As per industry estimates, paper production are likely to grow at a CAGR of 8.4% while paper consumption will grow at a CAGR of 9% till 2012-13.

Source: Indian Paper Manufacturer’s Association

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