APR’s 240,000-tonne capacity viscose rayon mill in Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, Indonesia is one of the newest and best-designed mills in the world.
We have invested in technology to ensure the circularity of our operations which we operate in the top quartile of viscose manufacturing. Using fibres sourced from renewable plantations, cleaner energy from biomass combustion and adopting robust chemical recovery processes best illustrate our contributions to circularity:
- The natural fibre in viscose-rayon is sourced from sustainably-managed renewable plantations. Abundant sunlight and rain in the equatorial climate equates to an impressive growth rate which means these farmed trees can be harvested in as short as five years.
- Proven technology in the chemical recovery helps in the capturing and reusing of chemicals and energy (which will be used for steam production) used in viscose manufacturing processes. More than 90% of chemicals used in viscose-rayon manufacturing can be recovered by adsorption and condensation methods, and the remainder is treated with the best available techniques before safe disposal.
- Electricity used to power our integrated production line is generated by renewable biomass energy, maximising energy efficiency throughout our mill processes. These biomass by-products, such as ‘black liquor’ from the pulp production process, tree bark, palm husks and fibre sludge, generate enough electricity to power the production facilities and the surrounding communities. By using renewable biomass, we are able to drastically reduce the use of non-renewable fossil fuels.
APR is also leveraging on the expertise of our sister company, Sateri, in viscose rayon production. With over 10 years of production experience, Sateri is one of the leading companies in the industry and the largest maker of viscose rayon in China.
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