Chinese provinces of Hubei, Sichuan, Henan and Zhejiang report on phasing out of obsolete paper production capacity in 2012, further shutdowns slated for 2013; Henan also announces plans to build 800,000 tonnes/year of new paper capacity in 2013

BEIJING , August 2, 2013 () – Reported by Consumer Daily:

Based on introduction of Henan Paper Association, according to requirement of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, 2012 Henan Province phased out a total of 1 million obsolete paper capacities, involving some 47 paper firms.

In 2013, Henan Provincial government will build 800,000 mts of new paper capacity. According to assignment by Henan Provincial government, in 2013 the local paper firms shall close out 600,000 mts of obsolete pulp and paper capacities.

Data from Sichuan Paper Association showed, in 2012 the Province phased out 575,000 mts of obsolete paper capacities from 44 paper firms. In 2013, the Province will close out 18 paper firms and phase out obsolete paper capacities from 31 paper firms. In total, some 473,300 mts of old capacities will be discarded.

In 2012, in Hubei, some 155000 mts of old paper capacities were phased out. Since 2007, the Province discarded a total of 1.9683 million mts of old paper capacities. By the end of 2012, due to relocation requirement, one paper mill of Wuhan Chenming Paper will discard 250,000 mts of old paper capacity. In 2013, some more old paper capacities will be discarded in paper industry in Hubei.

On May 10, 2013, Zhejiang Provincial Government held a press conference on phasing out old paper capacity and it announced in next 5 years, paper industry and iron and steel industry would be the focus in phasing out old capacities. Zhejiang Province worked out Planning for Phasing out Old Capacities from 2013-2017, where it stimulated clearly the Province will step up the effort to phase out old capacities centering on ten fields including iron and steel sector, cement sector and paper sector, Based on the requirement put forward in the Planning, by 2017, 1.45 million mts of old capacities shall be discarded in the Province.

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