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A-G Commends Star Printery’s New $5M Environment Friendly Venture

Star Printery Pte Limited has ventured into printing and manufacturing paper products such as bags, food packaging and straws.
05 Dec 2019 14:56
A-G Commends Star Printery’s New $5M Environment Friendly Venture
Star Printery Pte Limited directors Sandeep Chauhan (left) and Vikesh Chauhan with Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while touring their new paper production factory on November 4, 2019. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Star Printery Pte Limited has ventured into printing and manufacturing paper products such as bags, food packaging and straws.

This new investment cost more than $5 million.

Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, yesterday toured Star Printery’s paper products workshop in Raiwai.

He congratulated the management for the new venture.

Star Printery director Sandeep Chauhan said the launch of their paper products was significant for the company as it had allowed them to diversify into other areas.

A-G congratulates company

In congratulating the company, Mr Sayed- Khaiyum said: “This is a timely investment as we had also announced in the recent national budget that we will be banning the use of single use plastic bags and styrofoam materials.

“It’s good to see that their branding is Fijian Made and it helps us be proud of the fact that it is a Fijian product and made in Fiji with Fijians being employed in it.

“I would like to congratulate Star Printery for this wonderful initiative that they have undertaken and I urge businesses to come and take advantage of these offers and help protect the environment for our future generation.” he said.

New venture

Mr Chauhan said they had been in the printing business for the last 35-years and are now manufacturing paper products in a bid to help save the environment.

“We had researched, did some work with the help of our children and then we ventured into the paper based materials,” Mr Chauhan said.

“We started our ground work on these products two and a half years ago and then it was a process of choosing the right equipment and how do we make things work,” he said.

“We had also created more employment, so there are 10 to 15 more people we had to employ because of this new initiative.”

About the products

Mr Chauhan said their new products would specialise in customised prints on the paper product of customer’s choice.

“Imagine going into a wedding, to a birthday and you can have your names printed on the paper bags, plates, bowls or cups.

“We have already started work on some big names like Telecom Fiji Limited (TFL) in which we are making paper bags for them.

“It’s a whole new opportunity for businesses to market their companies or their products.”

He said the machines can produce close to 3000 bags in an hour.

Export markets

Mr Chauhan said they were already looking into potential export markets.

“We have started talking to our clients in other countries, like Vanuatu where they have already banned plastics.

“What we are also doing is that we have new materials coming in later on which will be made out of recyclable and compostable materials.”

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