Can Digitalisation Kill Paper Industry?

Digitalisation can certainly reduce paper use but it cannot completely replace it. Sources saying life without paper will always be a dream.

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Can Digitalisation Kill Paper Industry
Can Digitalisation Kill Paper Industry

Digitisation when first introduced, brought the population into the mind-set of less paper being used. If this was the case, the annual turnover of paper would not be estimated at ₹50,000 crore.

Kasi Viswanathan, Managing Director of Seshasayee Paper and Boards, and Past president of Indian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (IPPTA) said, “Either for making of decorative or hygiene items, packaging or in printing and writing, use of paper has only increased.  The industry is growing 6-7 per cent year on year.”

The main concern in paper is standard paper like A 4 sheet is being imported into India, with a sharp increase by 30 per cent.

India’s quality standard of paper has even lead to paper being exported and this has shown a 10 to 15 per cent increase.

The IPPTA after understanding the growing concerns of paper supply reducing is trying to negotiate terms of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with Thailand and South Korea. This is a cry of concern, as wood pulp cannot be sourced in India.

India’s poor quality is due to the different raw materials used such as used paper and old wood with even agricultural waste such as straw sometimes being used.

India is boosting its efforts to reduce paper on the other hand, by launching many digital forms of paperless applications. One such example is the launch of the Eight apps by the Contact management solution provider Sansan. These applications will help users digitise their large piles of business cards and hence help to reduce the use of paper for business cards. It also will help people contact their professional contacts while on the go, which will increase productivity and the use of carrying business cards everywhere.

The IPPTA had organised a two day seminar earlier this month of November 2017. It was with the consideration of re-engineering the best practices for the 850 paper mills across the country. The paper mills across the country, provide employment to 16 lakh people and is hence vital in terms of capita growth in the country.