RAPP Poised to Become Second Largest Paper Producer in the World

The Indonesian Pulp and Paper industry contributes an estimated 5.6 billion US Dollars per year to the national revenue.

One of the largest pulp and paper producers in Indonesia is Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP), a subsidiary of Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sukanto Tanoto. Sukanto Tanoto is also founder of Sateri and Pacific Oil & Gas. With the completion of the construction on its third paper mill in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, it is poised to be the second largest paper producer of the world.

RAPP’s two existing paper mills have the combined capacity to produce 850 000 tons of paper per year; however, with the completion of the additional third mill completed in 2017, production is estimated to increase to a combined 1.1 million tons per year. These projected figures will make RAPP one of the largest paper producers in the world, second only to International Paper, a paper producer from the United States.

Three different types of paper are currently produced in RAPP factories for both domestic and international markets:

  • A shaped customer roll.
  • A cut to size paper such as the international A4 size.
  • A shaped folio, which is a large sheet of paper.

The international markets expand to 75 countries, which include the Middle East, Japan, Australia and India. With the new production capacity in 2017, RAPP is expecting to export up to 10 000 tons of cut to size paper every month to India.

According to Assistant Communications Manager of RAPP, Budhi Firmasyah, testing had already begun on the new plant in November 2016, and production is expected to begin at the end of January 2017.

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RAPP Pulp Production

In addition to becoming the world’s second largest paper producer, RAPP is ranked the 9th largest producer of pulp, with a production reaching 1.2 million tons of pulp in 2016. Of the 1.2 million tons produced, only 20% was used domestically for the production of paper in their own factories, the rest was exported to over 20 countries.

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