OMYA and APRIL form Joint Venture for GCC Production in Jiangmen

Nov. 15, 2012 - Omya and Asia Pacific Resource International, Ltd (APRIL) recently formed a joint venture to supply all GCC requirements for APRIL's new uncoated woodfree paper machine in Jiangmen, Guangdong in the People's Republic of China.

Under the new partnership, named AP-OMYA Minerals (Jiangmen) Co., Ltd., Omya and APRIL have erected a new facility for the production of Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) in a location adjacent to APRIL's new Paper Machine in Jiangmen, Xinhui in the Guangdong Province of the People's Republic of China.

The capacity of the GCC facility is 140,000 dry metric tons per year, all of which is expected to be consumed by APRIL.

APRIL's new paper machine, producing 450,000 tpy of uncoated wood free paper grades, started operation in July 2012.

GCC is an essential raw material for paper manufacturing and responsible for key properties such as printability, opacity and whiteness, OMYA said.

Omya won a competitive bid where APRIL assessed items such as product quality, costs, technical capability and service, OMYA added.

Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals, mainly fillers and pigments derived from calcium carbonate and dolomite, and a worldwide distributor of chemical products. Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya now has global presence extending to more than 100 locations in over 50 countries and 7,000 employees.

APRIL is a leading fibre, pulp and paper manufacturer and one of the world's largest producers of bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) pulp. A global sales and marketing network sees APRIL's products used in over 60 countries around the world in liquid packaging, printing and writing paper, tissues, shopping bags, food packaging, magazines and books. APRIL's own flagship paper brand is PaperOne™ which has a fibre component made from renewable plantation sources.