Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Embilipitiya Paper Mill officially starts operations today under a new management.
The paper mill was leased to Perth Engineering and Maintenance (WA)(Pvt).Ltd of Australia under the programme of restructuring the loss-making state enterprises. It has been renamed as Auslanka Paper Company Private Limited.
The company has already begun production after repair of machinery. It has planned to enhance production by March this year.
The mill has started production for orders from several state departments.
The Embilipitiya paper mill was first set up in 1978. The mill was closed in 2003 and factory assets worth millions of rupees were sold to settle the workers’ dues. The Paper Mill resumed operations in 2008 with a capital investment of Rs.35 million as envisioned in the Mahinda Chintanaya to make state resources productive. However, due to the poor quality of the machinery and the high cost of re-investing in machinery the plant was compelled to close again in 2010.