Specialty Minerals to Build PCC Plant at West Coast Paper Mill in India

Jan. 22, 2011 - Specialty Minerals has entered into a long-term agreement with The West Coast Paper Mills Limited to build and operate a satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant at West Coast's flagship pulp and paper mill at Dandeli, India. Dandeli is on the Kali River in the western state of Karnataka.

Specialty Minerals is a wholly owned subsidiary of Minerals Technologies.

According to Minerals Technologies, Specialty Minerals will own and operate the facility through its subsidiary company, Minerals Technologies India Private Limited. The plant, which will initially produce about 35,000 tons of PCC, is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2011.

"Minerals Technologies is pleased and excited that West Coast Paper has selected us to provide them with PCC; and, we are looking forward to playing an important part in the growth of this excellent paper company," said Joe Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer. "The Dandeli plant will be our third facility in India, and brings our total number of satellite PCC plants in the region to 11."

Established in 1955, The West Coast Paper Mills Ltd. has grown into one of the largest paper products producers in India and has recently completed the most ambitious expansion project in its history. The centerpiece of the $305 million expansion is a best-in-class technology paper machine that has increased the mill's output from 180,000 to 320,000 metric tons per year and produces high-quality printing and writing and copy papers under the company's Copy Gold and Copy Plus brands.

A new 725 ton-per-day elemental chlorine free (ECF) pulp mill and a 75-percent increase in power generation will enable the mill to be self-sufficient in pulp production and will make the company's products more sustainable and environmentally friendly.

SOURCE: Minerals Technologies Inc.