Taiwan firm to make paper from rice, wheat stalks
A leading Taiwanese paper company expect to
begin mass producing paper pulp made of rice and wheat stalks this
year, a newspaper reported Saturday.
Yuen Foong Yu Group collaborated with Taiwanese universities in
developing the bio-technology, Chairman Ho Shou-chuan told the
Economic Daily News.
It's a cheaper and greener process because more paper pulp can be
produced from rice stalks - farming byproducts that are usually
dumped - than from the same amount of lumber by weight.
Ho said he hoped the new technology could replace existing
chemical processes that are highly polluting and require cutting
down massive numbers of trees.
The new pulp-making technology will use energy more efficiently
and produce much less carbon dioxide during manufacturing, he added.
Yuen Foong Yu has been making industrial paper in Yangzhou City
in eastern China. Last year, it invested $8 million to set up a new
factory there to make the bio paper pulp, the newspaper said.
Production is expected to begin during the second half of this
year, he added.
The group's spokesperson could not be reached for comment on
The Yuen Foong Yu Group also owns Taiwan's E Ink Holdings Inc.,
which supplies global e-reader makers such as Amazon Inc. with
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