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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Online work amid Covid kills demand for paper – The Tribune India

Mahesh Sharma
Mandi Ahmedgarh, June 24

Online teaching and work from home culture owing to the Covid-19 pandemic have virtually killed demand for printing paper, thus affecting the economic viability of large and middle scale agro-based paper mills in the state.

These mills had played a major role in preventing mass exodus of migrant workers and their families as they were paid wages even when the machinery was silent.

Struggle for Survival

Although several paper mills, including 67 large ones, have started achieving the production level of 60-70 per cent, these units are not at ease to continue the wheels rolling as wood pulp paper manufacturers from South-East Asia, who benefit from the Free Trade Agreement, have started quoting much lower rates at the international level

Although several paper mills, including six-seven large ones, have started achieving the production level of 60-70 per cent, these establishments are yet to feel easy to continue the wheels rolling as wood pulp paper manufacturers from South-East Asia enjoying the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have started quoting much lower rates at the international level.

Trying to cope up with the situation at the global level, paper manufacturers from the state have urged the Union Government to come to the rescue of the eco-friendly industry by easing tariff regulations and ensuring supply channel to distant states.

Senior vice-president, Indian Agro and Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA), and executive director, Shryans Papers Mills, Malikpur, Anil Aggarwal said a majority of the mills had started working after restrictions on the lockdown were lifted.

“As far as the operational part is concerned, we are in a better position than other categories of industries as our labour is relatively more disciplined and regular. However, we are yet to start receiving regular orders of printing papers as online teaching and working from home culture have virtually killed demand for publishing of stationery, books and literature,” said Aggarwal.

He said metropolitan cities were the major consumers of printing paper. However, most of these cities were now hotspots of Covid-19.

Paper manufacturers said lower quotes from manufacturers of South-East Asia was another spoilsport for the indigenous paper market.



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