Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) plans to increase its production capacity to 600,000 tonne to meet the strong growth potential of viscose staple fiber (VSF) and strengthen its market position in Indonesia and export markets across the region.
The additional capacity will be achieved through improved optimization and efficiencies, and by adding 300,000-tonne viscose production facility in Pangkalan Kerinci – Riau, Indonesia where APR is co-located with sister company and fiber supplier APRIL Group.
The expansion will utilize APRIL’s current rayon grade AE pulp capacity from existing pulp production lines, with fiber supply sourced from APRIL’s existing responsibly managed renewable fiber plantations in compliance with internationally recognized forest certification standards and its sustainability policy and in keeping with the recently announced April 2030 commitments and targets.
Construction of the additional APR production lines is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2021 and will include features such as a chemical recovery process upgrade, slush-pulp processing installation and other investments aimed at reducing APR’s energy use and environmental footprint. Upon the additional lines’ completion in 2023, APR will be the world’s largest single-site integrated viscose manufacturing facility, seamlessly integrating dissolving wood pulp from APRIL’s renewable fiber plantations.