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Bagasse is the fibrous residue remaining after sugarcane juice is extracted and is currently used as a renewable resource in manufacturing pulp and paper products and building materials. Using agricultural crops rather than wood fibre has the added advantages of reducing deforestation. Due to the case with which bagasse can be chemically pulped, it requires less bleaching chemicals than wood pulp to achieve a bright, white sheet of paper. Thus, leading to lesser impacts of materials that are being used in the bleaching section such as chlorine on the environment. The fibres are about 1.7 mm long and are well suited for tissue, corrugating medium, print, packaging and writing paper. Bagasse contains 65-68% fibres, 25-30% pith, 2% sugar and 1-2% minerals.
Once the sugarcane (bagasse) is harvested, after cane-juice extraction it is sent to our pulp mill for cooking. This is followed by pulp washing, screening, cleaning, thickening and bleaching. The processed pulp is then moved to our paper mill where the pulp goes through several stages before it finally becomes paper. The bagasse pulp first goes through stock preparation for quality improvement purposes followed by wet-end formation and press section. The next stage allows the raw materials to dry which are eventually calendared, cut and wrapped.