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Grasim shuts down Nagda VSF plant
Jul '12
Grasim Industries, an Aditya Birla Group company, has closed its viscose staple fibre (VSF) plant located in Nagda, Madhya Pradesh, owing to scarcity of water.
The company had initially reduced VSF production and also decreased Chlor-Alkali capacity by 50 percent. But, due to the delay in the arrival of monsoon and the consequential water shortage, the company closed the plant on July 3, 2012.
In a statement, the company said that it managed production so far by using temporary water storage facility. However, in spite of a normal monsoon forecast for this year, there has been a delay in the onset of monsoon, and this has forced the firm to close its Nagda plant.
The company said the VSF plant will commence normal production only after the catchment areas receive adequate rains.
Last year too, Grasim Industries faced similar problem.
VSF is a biodegradable, man-made fibre. It has cotton-like characteristics and can be easily blended with other fibres. It is used in making home textiles, dress material, garments and knitted wear. It is also used in some non-woven applications.
Besides the Nagda plant, Grasim manufactures VSF at its two other plants – Kharach in Gujarat and Harihar in Karnataka. The three units have a combined capacity of 333,975 tons per annum, accounting for 22 percent of the total global VSF production.
At its Nagda plant, Grasim manufactures a variety of staple fibres to meet customer demands with respect to length, colour and denier. The plant also produces second and third generation fibres like excel, modal and solvent spun fibres.
In fact, the Nagda plant is the biggest producer of spun-dyed specialty fibre across the globe.

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