Development of Pulp and Paper Industry Becomes Priority

Jakarta – Ministry of Industry stated the pulp and paper industry need to increase the competitiveness of its products in the global market. The Ministry planned to use the latest technology in order to create innovation.

“This is because Indonesia has the potential, especially related to raw materials, where the productivity of our plants is much higher than the competing countries with subtropical climates,” said Head of the Industrial Research and Development Agency (BPPI) of the Ministry of Industry, Ngakan Timur Antara, in a written statement in Jakarta, Sunday, November 11.

There are currently 84 pulp and paper companies operating. In the global context, Indonesia is currently ranked 9th as the largest pulp producer in the world and the 6th largest paper producer in the world.

Ngakan said, referring to national industrial policies, pulp and paper are one of the sectors that have priority to be developed, because it provides a significant contribution to the national economy.

Ngakan said the Center for Pulp and Paper (BBPK) in Bandung played an active role in efforts to develop green standards. On 6-8 November, BBPK Bandung also held the 3rd International Symposium on Resource Efficiency in Pulp and Paper Technology (3rd REPTech).

The symposium aims to promote and disseminate innovations in R & D results and development of environmentally sound technologies, in the management of the pulp and paper industry.