HPC At A Glance

Paper is more than an industrial product. It is the cultural barometer of a nation. We need paper every day for widening the frontiers of our knowledge. Yet, the per capita annual consumption of paper at about 4 kgs in India is among the lowest in the world today.

A Crusader For Literacy

HPC is an extended arm of the Union Government to intensify the movement for literacy through the growth of the paper industry. Today it is one of the largest manufacturers of paper and newsprint in South East Asia. Simultaneously, HPC has been playing a dominant role in the socio-economic development of the North-East region.


The planned development of the paper industry in India began only in the post-independence period. The growth, however, slowed down in the sixties owing to the escalation of cost and the scarcity of forest-based raw materials. The stagnation led to frequent shortages of cultural varieties of paper, causing hardship to common consumers. There were also the national task of developing the industrially backward regions for balanced socio-economic growth. It was against this background that the Government of India set up the Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) on May 29, 1970.

A Catalyst For Growth

HPC was entrusted with the task of producing substantial volumes of cultural varieties of paper and newsprint to maintain stability of price in a volatile market. Besides, it was designed to be a catalyst for industrial growth in the North-East. It was also engaged in the task of developing indigenous expertise for setting up large newsprint and paper mills.

HPC Mills

HPC group has four paper mills, two of which are units and two are subsidiary companies. HPC is the holding company for Hindustan Newsprint Ltd. (HNL) and Nagaland Pulp & Paper Company Ltd. (NPPC). Nagaon Paper Mill (NPM) and Cachar Paper Mill (CPM) function directly under HPC’s control and their performance is reflected in HPC’s operating results. Over a period of three decades, HPC has built up a total capacity of about 3.35 lakh tonnes of paper and newsprint.

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