AV Nackawic Starts Dissolving Pulp Operation

    FREDERICTON, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - The AV Group, a member of the Aditya Birla
Group of India today announced the successful conversion of AV Nackawic from
hardwood paper grade pulp to the production of dissolving pulp. Dissolving
pulp is the main raw material used in the manufacture of Viscose Staple Fibre
    "The initial quality levels have exceeded our expectations," said
Mr. Peter Vinall, President and CEO of AV Group. "We are able to quickly ramp
up our production levels while continuing to develop our quality parameters
thanks to advanced cooking technology. 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
    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

For further information:

For further information: Peter Vinall, President and CEO, AV Group,
1-506-575-3294, C: 1-506-260-2323

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