Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL), an enterprise promoted by Government of Tamil Nadu, has precisely followed this adage. The Unit- I of TNPL at Kagithapuram, Karur district was commissioned in October 1985 with an installed capacity of 90,000 TPA of Newsprint/Fine Paper, in a single machine. Over a period of time, TNPL has added two more paper machines, besides upgrading the existing Paper machine. The increased production capacity of 400,000 TPA of writing and printing papers has made TNPL as one of the largest bagasse- a residue of sugar cane, as primary raw material based paper mill in the world. With an increased demand, the company has expanded the pulping capacity by way of installing new chemical hardwood line, upgrading the chemical bagasse pulp line and setting up a new deinked pulp line besides adopting ECF bleaching in all the chemical pulp lines. Simultaneously, the company has also increased the power plant capacity to meet the steam and energy requirement of the expanded mill.
All the three modern high-speed paper machines are capable of producing varities of Writing and Printing papers and are equipped with state-of-the art automation to ensure consistent quality. The Company has earned a reputation as a pre-eminent player of manufacturing paper from bagasse having a world-wide creditability in the trade. Today, TNPL Unit-I is self sufficient in terms of power and pulp.
In its quest for expansion and adding additional capacity towards leadership in pulp and paper industry, TNPL has examined various options. As the existing site is saturated in terms of land area, TNPL thought of a green field project in a new location. As the Paper Board is recognized as a growing segment, TNPL thought it prudent to foray into this market segment. Accordingly, a Paper Board project was conceived, and thus TNPL Unit-II emerged.
A total of 874 acres of land was acquired in Mondi Patti and nearby area in Manapparai Taluk, Trichy District to set up a Board Plant. TNPL Unit-II was designed to produce 200,000 MT per annum high grade Paper Board for usage in pharmaceutical, health care, food, cosmetics and other consumer product industries, in various GSM ranging from 170 to 450.
Civil construction for the project was started in April 2014. Machinery erection was completed in December 2015 and the Board was reeled on January 21, 2016, in a record time of 22 months. The commercial production has commenced from 1.05.2016. The plant was constructed using cement manufactured by TNPL in its Cement Plant in Kagithapuram. With the completion of Board Project in January 2016, the total production capacity of TNPL has increased to 600,000 MT per annum.
Founded and developed on the mantra of “ protecting environment and building enterprise,” TNPL based on the concept of “Waste to wealth “ commissioned a cement plant in January 2013 with an capacity of 600 tpd to manufacture high grade cement from mill waste materials viz., Lime sludge and fly ash. TNPL is the first mill in the paper industry to produce cement from these solid wastes. TNPL has enhanced the production capacity to 900 tpd by introducing a Pre-calciner and other balancing equipment in the existing Cement Plant. The project was fully implemented by January 2016.
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