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STRAW: THE ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICE by ProQuest

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India's Abhishek Industries now operates the world's largest straw pulp mill after its expansion project at Barnala in the state of Punjab, around 300 km northwest of Delhi. Metso Paper supplied the fiber line, with a daily production capacity of 225 tonnes. Wheat straw accounts for about 60% of the raw material used to produce pulp. The mill also has a wood fiber line with a capacity of 100 tonnes/day using 30% hardwood and 10% softwood as the raw materials. The large (Rupee 6,800 million ($167.68 million)) expansion project included a new 275-tonne/day, printing/writing paper machine that started trial runs in January this year. PM 2, supplied by Allimand, has a wire width of 5.1 m, a reel width of 4.45 m and a design speed of 1,000 m/min. The existing 60,000 tonne/yr PM 1 should produce 150,000 tonnes/yr after the start up of this new machine.

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