Indonesian paper production predicted to rise to 7.8 million tons.
The country's production of paper is predicted to rise 5% to
7.8 million tons this year from 7.4 million ions in 2004, the
association of paper producers (APKI) said. APKI chairman M. Mansyur
said 35% of the production will be exported. Mansyur said the production
could still be increased as the country has an installed capacity of 10
million tons a year. He said domestic consumption of paper is expected
to rise to 5.6 million tons this year from 5.4 million tons. The country
still has to rely oil import for waste paper pulp especially long fiber
pulp, which is not yet produced domestically. The industry ministry said
the country's production of pulp is not yet sufficient to feed its
paper plants although its pulp industry already operates at high
capacity utilization of 85% producing 5.4 million tons a year.