Birla Lao Pulp & Plantations Company Limited (BLPP) is part of the Aditya Birla Group, India. It was established in 2006 in Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) as part of the Group's initiative to achieve complete backward integration for the viscose staple fibre business.
Three Group companies viz., Grasim Industries Limited, India, Thai Rayon Public Company Limited, Thailand, and PT Indo Bharat Rayon, Indonesia, form the equity holders in BLPP.
The company was set up with a concessional agreement with the National Assembly of Lao PDR to plant 50,000 hectares of Eucalyptus plantations, and establish a dissolving grade pulp mill, with a capacity of 200,000 Air Dried Metric Tonnes (ADMT) per annum. With an investment of US$350 million in the country, this was considered to be the largest integrated project-of-its-kind in Laos.
BLPP has planted 15,000 hectares of high quality Eucalyptus so far. The world-class nursery at Ban Dongmakfai has an annual production capacity of 10 million plants.
The company provides significant direct employment opportunity to about 2,250 workers seasonally for plantations activities and 300 workers perennially at the nursery.
The company plans to establish a pulp mill, in 350 hectares of land at Ban Dongmakfai by 2016-2017 with an investment of US$300 million.
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