Is Vietnam at last beginning to emerge from its troubled history?

Tissue demand is growing at 20%, so Vietnam Pulp & Paper Association vice chairman and secretary general Vu Ngoc Bao heralds a major opportunity as the country “joins the world’s economy.” TWM reports. Vu Ngoc Bao is reflecting on two recent major events the significance of which is hard to over-estimate for the world, and as we sit in his modest...

Bringing Japanese efficiency – and patience – to Vietnam

Recycling pioneer JP CORELEX VIETNAM is poised to reap the benefits … but it has to narrow the gap between polar opposite tissue industries and cultural habits. TWM talked to Masahiko Nagata. Japanese-owned JP CORELEX VIETNAM (JCV) is one of only a handful of foreign companies operating in Vietnam, and for Masahiko Nagata – the Japanese general director of...

Not content with being a market leader, Saigon Paper plans to double capacity in the next five years

Vietnam is a classic tissue growth market. One million new urban residents added each year – per capita consumption less than 1.0kg – behind only China and India among Asia’s growing economies. TWM met one company benefitting as the government toughens environmental regulations.   It’s only at the end of our interview – through a translator at...

Song Duong: on the brink of privatisation and expansion, TWM talks to director Nguyen Van Quan to get the latest on Vietnam’s tissue potential

Director Nguyen Van Quan explains the fundamental shift taking place in consumers’ tissue expectations across Vietnam . TWM/1 What are your investment plans for the future? “Years of investment by our joint shareholders Vietnam Paper Corporation (Vinapaco) has continued to strengthen the tissue making facilities at Song Duong tissue mill. While there are no...

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