Paper industry experts convene for IPPTA's 59th AGM and seminar

Packed house with over 375 delegates registered. This emphasises the recognition of Indian Pulp & Paper Technical Association's (IPPTA) agenda, as it hosted its 59th AGM and seminar from 23 to 24 February 2024 at Taj Hotel, City Centre, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata. The program saw paper industry stalwarts take on the challenges and solutions for an energy efficient pulp and paper industry.

21 Feb 2024 | By Aditya Ghosalkar

IPPTA's 59th AGM and seminar saw a packed house with paper industry stalwarts

The show began with the welcome address by Vivek Chawla, programme chairman, and director and CEO at Emami Paper Mills. Followed by a brief by MK Goyal, honorary secretary, IPPTA on the seminar outline, sessions that were lined up for two days in a row.

KS Venkatagiri, executive director, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) established the underlying theme of the conference: to build and promote energy efficient practices in the pulp and paper industry.

IPPTA president (and operations director at SPB Erode) Ganesh Bhadti addressed the delegates, and highlighted IPPTA's mission and vision for the upcoming year.

IPPTA invited Manindra Agrawal, IIT Kanpur as the chief guest and Ashwin Laddha, MD and CEO, Orient Paper & Industries was the guest of honour. Agrawal delivered the inaugural address. Also, the seminar witnessed the launch of the IPPTA journal.

Four technical sessions transpired on both days, three on day one and one on day two. With a common goal, to stay at the forefront of sustainable practices in the pulp and paper industry, industry stalwarts shared their insights on adapting sustainable practices in the pulp and paper industry.

A new executive committee was announced for 2024-2026, followed by vote of thanks by IPPTA’s MK Goyal. The focus of IPPTA continues to emphasise the need to develop a comprehensive and collaborative approach to meet the agenda of the AGM, which is fostering the future of energy and the environment in the pulp and paper industry.

By transitioning to renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, addressing water usage and pollution, and promoting sustainable sourcing, the industry can contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

Technical session-one 

Chairman: Ajay Gupta, president and unit head, Grasim Industries

Fostering the future of energy and environment in Seshasayee Paper & Boards, Erode unit
Ganesh Bhadti, D Radhakrishnan and T Iswarya, Seshasayee Paper & Boards, Erode

Energy efficiency in chilled water system and compressed air system
M Phani Kumar of ITC -PSPD (BCM)

Innovation in effluent colour reduction and generation of vermicompost from lignin sludge
Manohar Kumar R, Ramesh Pujyari and Panchakshari SG of Grasim Industries Unit: Harihar Polyfibers

Potassium hydroxide pulping of rice straw
Razia Sultana Popy, M Mostafizur Rahman and Md Sarwar Jahan, BCSIR

Technical session-two

Chairman: Sanjay K Singh

Energy saving efforts and results In TNPL
S Gokulakannan and V Sree Soundera Priyan and S Arun Kumar of Tamil Nadu Newsprint & Papers

Improvement in energy efficiency and energy conservation initiatives at Khanna Paper Mills
Gagandeep Mohey, Suneel Sehgal, Piyush Verma, T Suresh Babu and SVR Krishnan of Khanna Paper Mills

Trash-to-treasure – bio-CNG from recycled-based paper mill waste
Raj Kumar and Prashant Naithani of Parason Machinery (India)

Valorisation of pulp and paper mill bio-residues to biochar for environmental and business sustainability in totality
Rupam Kataki, Bikram Borkotoki, Neelam Bora and Subhash Maheshwari of Tezpur University

Technical session-three

Chairman: AK Naithani, retd GM (R&D), Shreyans Industries

Innovative power enhancement scheme in extraction condensing steam turbines of CPP in Orient Paper & Industries
TG Sundara Raman, AK Srivastava, M Deelachary and CS Kashikar of Orient Paper & Industries

Green energy a reality for integrated pulp and paper mill
GS Patnaik, Vinay Dwivedi, Atul Gupta, SK Nayak and SK Pradhan of JK Paper

New MCA generator
Eberhardt, Ryan & Janet H, Monika Koustubha of Buckman Laboratories (India)

Sustainable practices for environmental stewardship
Anuj Kumar Tayal, Vinayak V Pandit, SS Hiremath of West Coast Paper Mills

Revolutionising green practices: role of biomethanation technology’s transformative role in pulp and paper mills for net zero emissions and sustainable future
Mani Elanchezhiyan, Farman Ahmad, Mohd Salim, Nitin K Endlay and MK Gupta of Paques Environmental Technology India and CPPRI, Saharanpur

Technical session-four 

Chairman: BP Thapliyal, former director, CPPRI

Saving energy through synergistic innovation with digitalisation
Chiranjit Pathak of Voith Paper Technology India

Achieving new benchmarks in the field of energy efficiency and sustainability in the pulp and paper industry
Adwitiya Gaurav and Neeraj Gupta, and Parveen Goyal of Kulbhushan Bhatia of Kuantum Papers

Ozone oxidation for brighter pulp and blue water
Alexis Metais and Sandeep Pahwa of Xylem Water Solutions India

Solutions for a carbon neutral pulp and paper production
Hermann Schwarz, Gyanendra Tripathi and Sundararaj Mathusoothanan of Siemens

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