The Government of India had established Hindustan Paper Corporation ( on May 29, 1970 for developing indigenous capacity in production of paper and newsprint with a view to reduce dependence on imports. HPC launched the Kerala Newsprint Project (KNP) in 1976. The Kerala Newsprint mill rolled out the first newsprint reel on February 26, 1982 and went into commercial production with effect from November 01, 1982. HNL took over the business of KNP with effect from October 01, 1983.

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