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AV Nackawic Starts-up Dissolving Pulp Operation

Aug. 28, 2008 - The AV Group said that it has successfully converted AV Nackawic from hardwood paper grade pulp to the production of dissolving pulp, which is the main raw material used in the manufacture of Viscose Staple Fibre (rayon).

"The initial quality levels have exceeded our expectations. We are able to quickly ramp up our production levels while continuing to develop our quality parameters thanks to advanced cooking technology," said Peter Vinall, president and CEO of AV Group.

"Our success in converting to a higher value added product has been made possible due to the hard work and dedication of our employees and the support from Aditya Birla technical resources and Lenzing Technik whose advanced pulping technology is at the core of our new facility," Vinall added.

The AV Nackawic operation will initially produce 190,000 tonnes of high quality dissolving pulp, primarily for consumption in Aditya Birla viscose plants in India, Thailand, Indonesia and China. Plans are underway to increase output significantly subject to availability of additional hardwood in New Brunswick.

The AV Group is a member of the Aditya Birla Group of India.

SOURCE: AV Group




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