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Ilim Group Converts PM5 to Produce Kraft Paper in Koryazhma, Russia

After the upgradation, the new product composition will include 100 percent virgin softwood and hardwood pulp allowing the production of an environmentally friendly product.

November 22, 2021

Ilim Group

Ilim Group will upgrade and convert its PM5 in Koryazhma mill in Russia, which is being used to produce products including – white papers to unbleached packaging kraft paper. The conversion is expected to be completed by the end of the year 2022. In 2023, following the upgradation, the machine will produce 70,000 tonnes of finished products in the packaging paper segment.

Speaking on the growth of the packaging segment, Ksenia Sosnina, CEO, Ilim Group, says, “We see that this segment has a good potential and we listen to our customers’ requests to increase production volumes of unbleached virgin packaging paper grades. Development of e-commerce and delivery services, as well as increasing attention of consumers and community to environmental issues, contributes to further growth of this market.”

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The mill will manufacture the range, namely, Ilim Lite and Ilim Shopper for the retail and food packaging segment. During this year, the company has been involved in the production of new grades of kraft papers in a test mode. The kraft paper will have basis weights ranging from 40-80 GSM.

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The new product composition includes 100 percent virgin softwood and hardwood pulp allowing the production of an environmentally friendly product. The kraft paper produced is certified with FSC and PEFC standards and has relevant certificates in the food industry, including Isega international certificate.