Investlesprom begins lightweight coated paper production on new PM No. 7 at its Kama pulp, paper mill in Krasnokamsk, Russia, as part of 6B rubles mill investment project

MOSCOW , November 3, 2011 (press release) – The first coated paper was manufactured on November 3rd, 2011 on a new paper-making machine PM №7, installed at Pulp and paper Mill “Kama”(Krasnokamsk city, Permskiy krai, Russia).

Characteristics of paper produced with unique innovative technology meet world standards. Potential customers - printing companies, to whom the first reels of coated paper were shipped on November 4th, 2011, soon will be able to confirm it.

- The manufacture of the first in Russia coated paper is the key point of large LWC-Kama investment project, - says Oleg Arminen, JVC “Investlesprom” general director. Investlesprom managed to give the second life to the oldest Russian “Kama” Pulp-and-Paper Mill through setting up on its base a modern unique facility of hardwood processing and production of coated paper. Now there are two enterprises producing unique paper grades in Russia within Investlesprom group: Segezha PPM produces high quality microcrepe sack paper and Kama PPM produces low weight coated (LWC) paper.

- Today the first stage of 6 billion rubles investment project is actually accomplished, - continues Vasily Preminin, executive director of JVC “Investlesprom”’s Pulp and Paper Division. In 2008-2011 the following production facilities were built: new woodyard, BCTMP department, coating kitchen, paper-making machine № 7 with the winder and automatic packaging line. The Kama Mill utilizes Manufacturing execution systems (MES).

Estimated LWC production volume is some 86 thousands tones per year .

In light-weighted coated paper manufacture unique technology of making paper out of birch BCTMP is used for the first time in the world. The technology is developed and patented by Investlesprom experts; pilot samples of paper manufactured using this technology, were tested in May 2010 in Moscow at Polygraphic complex “Pushkin square” and highly appreciated by specialists.

Light-weighted coated paper production project is very important for Russia, it is oriented towards meeting domestic customers’ demands and partial replacement of imported paper from Europe and Asia.

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