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PPI Mills and Technology, 1 July 2013 | Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is forging ahead with plans to build what may be the world's biggest pulp line at a greenfield mill in South Sumatra, Indonesia. It will have a capacity of up to 2 million tonnes/yr. The new bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) pulp line is expected to start up by 2017. An APP spokeswoman said that the site that will house the line has been chosen and an environmental impact assessment has been submitted to the authorities for approval. She said the facility will be built and owned by an APP wood supplier, not by APP or its subsidiaries. But she declined to name the firm. Last year RISI reported that APP has been doing extensive planting in the south Sumatra area for some years now, and there is a considerable amount of wood reaching maturity.

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Global Forest Coalition, 6 March 2013 | Human rights violations in connection to Stora Enso’s eucalyptus plantations and planned cardboard factory in Guangxi have prompted a group of international and Finnish NGO’s to instigate a complaint to the United Nations. The complaint to the UN Human Rights Council, filed under the 1503 procedure today, is endorsed by Friends of the Earth International, Global Forest Coalition, World Rainforest Movement and eight other networks and organisations. The complaint has also been signed by the director of Red Forest Hotel, the documentary film which documented human rights violations linked to Stora Enso operations in Guangxi.

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environmentalpaper.eu, 31 January 2013 | On January 29, 2013, the Executive Director of WALHI South Sumatra was arrested and beaten by the South Sumatra Regional Police. Anwar Sadat linked was assisting the peasants of the Betung village (District of Lubuk Keliat, Ogan Ilir regency) after the arrest and the persecution of some peasants, including mosque vandalism by Police, on January 25, 2013 They also asked investigations on the police officers involved in a shooting at the Cinta Manis sugar plantation in South Sumatra last year, which left one teenager dead and three people injured.

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RISI, 25 January 2013 | Double A premium paper maker from Thailand has recently acquired a pulp and paper mill facility in northern France from the French government agency, Eure. Double A will restart the operations to serve its European customers including neighboring countries.

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RISI, 14 December 2012 | Fibria, the world's largest bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp producer, has received a Real 1.66 billion ($802 million) tax demand from Brazil's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) over its asset exchange with International Paper in Feb. 2007. According to the IRS the company did not pay all the necessary income tax and social contributions on its proceeds.

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By Mark Rushton, RISI, 17 July 2012 | Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) continues on its active mission to make friends in high places and to engage with public policy makers in an effort to achieve its ambition to be the No 1 pulp and paper maker on the planet. Last month APP held an event in Jakarta where it launched its Roadmap to 2020 and Beyond, which was launched and attended by senior Indonesian government ministers as well as prominent foreign ambassadors. Recently it was also announced that prominent former European politician, Lord Mandelson (also known as Peter Mandelson) and his team are advising APP on its trade with Europe through Global Counsel. The main thrust of the advice Global Counsel is giving is on how to use the change in European rules on timber, to reinforce rising environmental standards within the company and with European customers, who are often unaware of dramatic changes in the EU and Indonesia's rules for timber product trade.

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The Economic Times, 13 July 2012 | Standard & Poor's Ratings Services said today that it had revised its outlook on the long-term corporate credit ratings on India-based paper manufacturer Ballarpur Industries Ltd. (BILT) and the company's core subsidiary Ballarpur International Graphic Paper Holdings B.V. (BIGPH) to negative from stable. At the same time, we affirmed the 'BB-' long-term corporate credit ratings on the companies. "We revised the outlook because we expect the improvement in BILT's profitability to be slower than we anticipated," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Vishal Kulkarni. "This is because a delay in the company's pulp capacity expansion in Malaysia and India has deferred cost-saving benefits." High raw material costs, particularly for coal, coupled with the company's limited ability to pass on the higher costs to customers, will continue to pressure BILT's margins.

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European Environmental Paper Network, 11 July 2012 | More than 30 European non governmental organisations (NGOs) today delivered this letter calling on governments not to fund a new pulp mill proposed by Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), one of the world’s most controversial pulp and paper companies. The plant is planned to be build in Sumatra, Indonesia where APP is estimated to have already pulped more than two million hectares of natural rainforests. This new mill would produce between 1.5 and 2.0 million tonnes per year of bleached hardwood pulp, making it the largest single pulp line in the world.

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ScienceDaily, 12 May 2011 | The key to the survival of forestry in South Africa as well as many new possibilities for renewable bioproducts like biofuels and biopolymers may now be available with the click of a mouse.

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Daily Nation, 17 April 2011 | Citing what it describes as extensive scientific findings, the government has given the popular but controversial eucalyptus tree a clean bill of health. The Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, backed by the Kenya Forestry Research Institute, last week launched guidelines on where to plant the tree. This development is significant because conflicting government policies have in the last two years led to confusion among farmers. In some cases this led to costly destruction of immature trees following directives issued and supervised by over-zealous administrators. That eucalyptus is an important tree has never been in doubt. What has been controversial is its perceived negative impact on the environment.

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