Ilim Group says investment project at its Koryazhma, Russia, branch will enable site to produce coated paper complying with European quality standards in Q2 2013, company will produce up to 90,000 tonnes/year of double-coated paper

Kendall Sinclair

Kendall Sinclair

Dec 5, 2012 – Ilim Group

MOSCOW, Russia , December 5, 2012 (press release) – Today Ilim Group held a meeting with representatives of Russia's largest printing offices and distributors of print media and paper products in order to familiarize them with the progress on construction of the first coated freesheet paper production in Russia. The meeting was attended by representatives of Russia's largest printing mills, including Bereg, Regent, Petrobumaga, Papirus, Double V, A.Brown, Eksmo and AST publishing houses.

At the meeting Ilim Group told the attendees about the implementation status of the investment project that will ultimately enable the Koryazhma Branch of OJSC Ilim Group in the Arkhangelsk Oblast to produce coated paper complying with European quality standards in Q2 2013. The company will produce up to 90,000 tons of double-coated paper per year, its basis weight ranging from 90 to 150 gsm (both matt and glossy), to be available in rolls and sheets.

The company was represented by Vera Bubelo, White Papers Business Director, and marketing and sales experts. Vera Bubelo spoke about quality of the future products, expected product range and the company's strategy for cooperation with customers, and answered the questions. Upon the company's invitation, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the St. Petersburg State Technical University of Plant Polymers who spoke about specific features associated with coated freesheet papers manufacturing.

"We consider it really important that our potential customers understand well what we plan to do and what we can do. We tried to describe our products, technology, and our cooperation strategy in as much detail as possible. We have been present in Russia's pulp and paper market for over 20 years and have proven ourselves as a reliable supplier of board, pulp and offset paper. Now we aim at establishing long-term partnership relations with representatives of Russia's printing industry. We hope that this meeting will be the beginning of our cooperation. We have all prerequisites for that", noted Vera Bubelo.

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