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" On request of the then State government the House of Seshasayees set-up Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited on the banks of river Cauvery in Pallipalayam, a village on the outskirts of Erode, under the leadership of the dynamic Sri. S Viswanathan. "
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Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited (SPB), the flagship company belonging to 'ESVIN GROUP', operates an integrated pulp, paper and paper board Mill at Pallipalayam, Erode-638 007, District Namakkal, Tamilnadu, India.

SPB, incorporated in June 1960, was promoted by Seshasayee Brothers (Pvt) Limited in association with a foreign collaborator M/s Parsons and Whittemore, South East Asia Inc., USA. After commencement of commercial production, having fulfilled their performance guarantee obligations, the foreign collaborators withdrew in 1969. Main promoters of the Company as on date are a group of companies belonging to the ESVIN group headed by Mr. N Gopalaratnam.

SPB commenced commercial production in December 1962, on commissioning a 20000 tpa integrated facility, comprising a Pulp Mill and two Paper Machines (PM-1 and PM-2), capable of producing, writing, printing, kraft and poster varieties of paper.

The Plant capacity was expanded to 35000 tpa in 1967-68, by modification of PM-2 and addition of a third Paper Machine (PM-3). The cost of the expansion scheme, at Rs 34 Millions, was part financed by All India Financial Institutions (Rs 31 Millions).

In the second stage of expansion, undertaken in 1976, capacity was enhanced to 55000 tpa, through addition of a 60 tpd new Paper Machine (PM-4). Cost of the project, including cost of a Chemical Recovery Boiler and other facilities for enhanced requirement of utilities, was estimated at Rs. 176 Millions. The same was part financed by term loans from Institutions and Banks to the extent of Rs. 145 Millions and the balance out of internal generation.

SPB undertook various equipment balancing and modernisation programmes, since then, for improving its operating efficiency, captive power generation capacity, etc., upto 1992-93.

Expansion / Modernisation Project

The Company embarked on an Expansion / Modernisation Project to enhance its production capacity from 60000 tonnes per annum, to 1,15,000 tonnes per annum and to upgrade some of the existing facilities, at an estimated cost of Rs 1890 millions.

The said Expansion / Modernisation Project was completed in December 2000. After successful trials, the Commercial Production out of the new Paper Machine commenced on July 1, 2000.

The current installed capacity of the Company stands at 1,15,000 tonnes per annum.

Raw Materials

The Company's paper plant was originally designed for using bagasse, as the primary raw material mixed with 20% bamboo fibre. Bagasse was being obtained from nearby sugar mill on substitution basis using oil fired boilers.

With sharp increase in oil prices in 1970-71, the Company shifted over to the use of hardwood, at the time of its expansion undertaken in 1978. Raw material mix underwent a substantial change, with bamboo and hardwood forming 60% and 40%, respectively, of its raw material consumption.

Soon Company started apprehending difficulties in procurement of bamboo. In 1981, it added one more digester, to increase the share of the hardwood in the furnish mix to 80% and restricting bamboo use to only 20%.

With the commissioning of more wood based industries in Tamilnadu, there was again an apprehension about availability of hardwood.

As a long term strategy, the Company at this time decided on restructuring use of bagasse which was seen to be the most reliable source of fibre for the entire Industry.

In 1984, the Company promoted Ponni Sugars and Chemicals Limited, as the captive source for bagasse supply. It added bagasse handling systems and modernised PM-1 and PM-2, to shift over to the use of bagasse.

The furnish mix for the existing Paper Machines of the Company is 55% bagasse and 45% hardwood. The Company has vast experience in handling bagasse and is expected to be one of the major strong points vis--vis its competitors in India, as the Indian Paper Industry will continue to be bogged down by the problem of raw material availability.

For the new Paper Machine, the furnish is imported waste paper and imported pulp which are sourced from far east countries, Europe and USA. A small quantity is supplemented out of captive pulp production.

Exports performance

SPB's exports are nearly 20% of its production and is a significant exporter in the Indian Paper Industry. Due to its excellent export performance, SPB has been awarded 'Golden Export House' status.

Awards

SPB is in receipt of various Awards awarded by Government of India, Government of Tamilnadu, Industry Associations, etc. Some of the Awards received by SPB in the past include:
  • Capacity Utilisation Award
  • Energy Conservation Award
  • Environmental Protection Award
  • Safety Award
  • Export Performance Award
  • Good Industrial Relations Award
  • TERI - Corporate Environmental Award
Environmental Protection

The Company attaches paramount importance to the conservation and improvement of the environment. In its efforts to improve the environmental protection measures, the Company has installed:
  • two Electro Static Precipitators for its Boilers to control dust emissions
  • an Anaerobic lagoon for high BOD liquid effluents
  • a Secondary Treatment System for liquid effluents and
  • an Electro Static Precipitator and Cascade Evaporator to the Recovery Boiler.
These facilities will ensure sustained compliance by the Company of the pollution control norms prescribed by the Pollution Control Authorities.
ISO 9001/ IS0 14001 Accreditation

The Company's quality systems continue to be covered by the "ISO 9001" accreditation awarded by Det Norske Veritas, The Netherlands.

The Company has also been accredited with "ISO 14001" certification by Det Norske Veritas, The Netherlands, for its Environmental Quality Systems.
Board Of Directors

The Company's Board is broad based comprising 10 Directors:
  • Sri N Gopalaratnam, Chairman
  • Sri R V Gupta, I.A.S., (Retd.)
  • Dr S Narayan, I.A.S., (Retd.)
  • Sri V Sridar
  • Sri Md. Nasimuddin, IAS, Nominee of Government of Tamilnadu
  • Sri Satyabrata Sahoo, IAS, (Nominee of TIIC)
  • Sri A L Somayaji
  • Dr Nanditha Krishna
  • Sri K S Kasi Viswanathan, Managing Director
  • Sri V Pichai, Deputy Managing Director & Secretary
Organisation

The day to day affairs of the Company are looked after by the Chairman and supported by :

Sri K S Kasi Viswanathan, Managing Director and
Sri V Pichai, Deputy Managing Director & Company Secretary.

They are ably assisted by a team of qualified and experienced professionals in operations, personnel, finance and marketing disciplines.

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