The recently opened paper mill and complex at Webuye in Kenya's western province has been forced to cut back production because of the international economic situation.
AREA VIEW: Kenyan pine tree forest
SV Worker cuts tree (2 shots)
GV Factory and complex (3 shots)
SV & CU Panafrican Paper Mills sign (2 shots)
SV Bark stripped from log (2 shots)
SV & CU Wood shavings (2 shots)
SV Paper cut up and rolled
SV Finished roll off production line
CU Paper being counted
Waste paper rolled up into roll
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Background: The recently opened paper mill and complex at Webuye in Kenya's western province has been forced to cut back production because of the international economic situation.
In particular the owners, Pan-African Paper Mills blame stiff local and international competition for the cut-back decision at the new plant.
Production in the international paper market has been uncertain for some time with a general depression in world paper prices.
However, the mill management say that despite the generally gloomy situation, they have won some orders totalling millions of pounds. And now they have launched a campaign to encourage Kenyan companies to buy their paper supplies from the mill.
The Kenyan Government is taking a close interest in the new mill which involves a seventeen million pound investment.
Although the mill welcomes export orders for the vital foreign exchange they bring into Kenya, the company's price objective is to meet local demand.
The mill is located in a strategic position to take the maximum advantage of being sited near to Kenya's rich pine forests -- a wood superbly fitted to the paper-pulping industry.
Equipment at the mill -- which has also received help from the World Bank -- is among the most modern in use anywhere in the World.