Limestone paper mill opens in Uzbekistan
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Dec. 13
By Fakhri Vakilov - Trend:
A joint venture (JV) to manufacture paper from limestone has been opened in Uzbekistan’s Bukhara region, Trend reports citing Uzbek media.
The Uzbek-Malaysian enterprise, whose design capacity is 70,000 tons of products per month, is designed to provide the region with valuable raw materials and significantly reduce the share of paper imports.
These products can be used as raw materials for the production of wallpaper and disposable tableware, and can also replace newsprint.
According to preliminary estimates, up to 800 kilograms of finished products can be obtained from one ton of rock with the addition of polymer compounds. Each month, the company will produce up to 70,000 tons of products.
This will make it possible to close the region’s needs for paper products and significantly reduce the import of relevant goods, and hence their prices. Local authorities intend to support a promising project.
The Uzbek-Malaysian joint venture was established in the free economic zone of the city of Kagan. The estimated cost of production that the Malaysian partners intend to invest in the project is $136 million.
Limestone samples were studied in laboratories in Japan and Italy. The quality of its composition and a number of properties showed good results.
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