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Asia Pacific Rayon to export half of its viscose output

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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JAKARTA   /   Wed, May 1, 2019   /  04:04 pm
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Wearing designs of 10 emerging Indonesian designers, models strut down the catwalk of Indonesia Fashion Week (IFW) 2019 at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) in Central Jakarta in March.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Asia Pacific Rayon (APR), an affiliate of Asia’ major pulp and paper producer Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings, plans to export half of its viscose output to meet growing global demand for environmentally friendly basic material for the production of textiles. The company’s plant located in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, which began commercial operation in March, produces viscose with a capacity of 240,000 tons a year. APR director Basrie Kamba said in Jakarta on Monday that the company invested about Rp 10.9 trillion (US$765 million) for the construction of the viscose plant and supporting facilities. “We hope the factory can officially be inaugurated soon with the presence of [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo],” he told The Jakarta Post. The world market of viscose is still small compared to that of cotton and polyester, as consume...