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APR to ramp up VSF production

Feb 26, 2021
APR to ramp up VSF production

Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) plans to increase its production capacity to 600,000 tonnes to meet the strong growth potential of viscose staple fibre (VSF) and strengthen its market position in Indonesia  and regional export markets. The additional capacity will be achieved through improved  optimisation and efficiencies, and by adding a 300,000-tonne viscose production facility in Pangkalan  Kerinci, where APR is co-located with sister company and fibre supplier APRIL Group. 

The expansion will utilise APRIL’s current AE pulp capacity from existing pulp production lines, with fibre supply sourced from APRIL’s existing responsibly managed renewable fibre plantations in compliance with internationally recognised forest certification standards and its Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP2.0). It is also consistent with the company’s 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 fibre plantations.

“As a relatively new entrant in the VSF market, APR has established a strong market presence within two years with a growing network of customers in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Turkey. Our VSF business will continue to expand into the international markets by partnering with others in the  textile value chain. With the advantage of economies of scale, we are committed to responding to customer demand for sustainable viscose with quality, differentiated product offerings, and competitive pricing,” said Sachin Malik, APR Sales Head. 

Formally inaugurated by Indonesia President Joko Widodo in February 2020, APR is a vertically integrated operation from renewable fibre plantations to high-value textile development, located in  Riau, Sumatra. In the same year, Asia Pacific Yarn (APY) and Jakarta Fashion Hub (JFH) were established to respectively support yarn research and development, and promote fashion design  talent and collaboration. 

APR ensures that dissolving wood pulp sources come from internationally recognised, credible forest certification systems such as PEFC™ which guarantee the wood fibre to be from sustainably managed forests and controlled sources. APR will continue to maintain 100 per cent PEFC Chain of Custody certification for our viscose.

APR’s products carry the labels MADE in GREEN by OEKO-TEX®, USDA Bio-based, Seedling, OK  biodegradable, and Medically Tested-Tested for Toxins by FKT. The company obtained ISO 9001 quality management and 14001 environmental management systems, and 45001 for occupational health and safety management systems.