SHANGHAI, 14 August 2015 (PPI Asia) - Some pulp and paper mills around Beijing may take downtime or curtail production around the upcoming Victory Day Parade there, which will be held on September 3.
To improve air quality during the military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the city of Beijing recently announced a series of pollution control measures.
In addition to restrictions on the use of private vehicles, production will be suspended or stopped at many factories in and around the city from August 20 to September 4.
Local media reported five neighboring provinces and a municipality will roll out similar measures during the period.
Beijing's surrounds include Hebei province and Tianjin municipality, which are both hubs for paper and board production.
In Tianjin, Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) runs a mill with a total capacity of 1.95 million tonnes/yr of recycled containerboard and cartonboard grades.
In Tangshan city, Hebei province, one of its subsidiaries, Hebei Yongxin Paper, operates a 500,000 tonne/yr recycled containerboard plant.
Baoding city in Hebei is home to many small tissue producers, whose total capacity reached around 1.2 million tonnes/yr in 2014. The tissue mills dominate the northern market.
A precise announcement on which areas and business concerns will see shuts and production slowdowns is not expected until very shortly before the period in question.
However, the announcements so far indicate a similar situation to what rolled out during last year's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.
Last November, mills in Hebei and Tianjin were obliged to cut production to reduce emissions during the APEC meetings.
Thanks to the tough measures, air quality around the region was greatly improved, and the clear azure skies in Beijing at that timewere described as "APEC Blue" by Chinese netizens.
With the parade drawing near, many people in Beijing are expecting to see "Parade Blue" in September.