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Aditya Birla Group plans VSF expansion globally

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Apr '07
The Aditya Birla Group has embarked on an ambitious expansion plan for its Viscose Staple Fibre (VSF) business across geographies. VSF is a core business for the Aditya Birla Group. After a ramp-up of 120 KTPA in the recent past, the present capacity of 566 KTPA represents 23% global market share in this sector.

The Aditya Birla Group's VSF manufacturing plants straddle Thailand, Indonesia, India and China. At each of these locations, further capacity expansions are underway, in Thailand by 31 KTPA; in Indonesia by 37 KTPA, in India by 64 KTPA and in China by 30 KTPA. These brownfield expansions, slated to be completed by 2nd quarter of 2008, will further notch up the Group's VSF production from 566 KTPA to 727 KTPA and entail an investment close to US $ 260 Mn.

Says Mr. Shailendra K. Jain, the Director responsible for the Global Pulp and Fibre business, “Our growth, going forward, will be through all options. Over the years we have been moving away from being a pure commodity player to a value-added player for the niche segments of the market. In addition to spun dyed fibers, we have significantly enhanced our Speciality Fibre portfolio covering all generations of man made Cellulosic fibers.

Our intent is to be an equally significant producer of fibres for non-woven applications. These brownfield expansions in Thailand, Indonesia, China and India have been engineered for the production of speciality fibres for the higher end of the market and also for the production of fibres for fast growing non-wovens segment”.


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