More than 60 businesses and organisations representing 14 countries are participating in Hanoi’s 2013 Paper Vietnam exhibition over June 6–8.
Those from India, Japan, the US, Finland, Germany, Spain, the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Malaysia, the Czech Republic and China are showcasing a variety of machinery and equipment used in paper production, including raw materials, pulp, chemicals, additives, pigments, dyes, and glues.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade (MoIT) Ho Thi Kim Thoa said that in spite of numerous challenges, the Vietnamese paper sector still managed to produce over 860,000 tonnes of paper during the past five months—a 4.7% increase on the same period last year.
Almost 70,000 tonnes were exported, an increase of 15.4%.
Vietnam’s 6 million tonnes of exported wood shavings in 2012 made it the world’s biggest for the third consecutive year.
The MoIT is sparing no effort to secure the future of Vietnamese paper businesses.
It is currently working with other ministries on a paper development strategy till 2020, and the completed draft will be submitted for government approval..
Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association (VPPA) Secretary General Vu Ngoc Bao said the scale of this year’s event demonstrates the near total faith in Vietnamese paper’s potential for sustainable growth, especially when compared to the 2012 Paper Chem Tech exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City.
Earlier in May, Nine Dragons Paper Holdings—the world’s largest package paper producer—announced its subsidiary company Chanh Duong’s plans for installing a new paper mill. The new facility is based in the southern province of Binh Duong and will boast an annual manufacturing capacity of 350,000 tonnes.
Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd is also undertaking a project in the southern province of Hau Giang.