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Papyrus prize goes to Nine Dragons’ founder

China – Cheung Yan, chairlady and founder of the world’s largest recovered paper-based paper manufacturer, the Nine Dragons Group, has received the Papyrus prize from the BIR Paper Division. The award, presented at the BIR World Recycling Convention held last week in Shanghai, recognises the achievements of those individuals, companies and organisations making a substantial contribution to paper recycling.

Nine Dragons has become the largest containerboard product producer in Asia and one of the largest producers globally in terms of design production capacity. The constantly-expanding group manufactures and sells linerboard, high-performance corrugating medium and coated duplex board, as well as recycled printing & writing paper, pulp and specialty paper.

Departing BIR Paper Division President Ranjit S. Baxi of UK-based J&H Sales International described Cheung Yan as a ‘great business leader’, a ‘champion’ of the recycling industry and a ‘global green ambassador’. He also praised her promotion of healthy supply chain partnerships.

Yan expressed her honour at receiving the Papyrus prize, hailing paper recycling as a ‘very meaningful’ and ‘sustainable’ industry. ‘We are the protectors of the environment – not the trouble-makers for the environment’, she insisted. Nine Dragons’ annual production capacity is expected to grow from 13.5 million tonnes in 2013 to 15 million tonnes in 2015.

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