Ilim Starts Production of Coated Freesheet at Koryazhma Mill in Russia

Ilim's coated paper will be available under "Omela" brand in rolls and sheets.

Nov. 14, 2013 - Ilim Group said that it has launched production of Russia's first coated freesheet. After the machine ramp-up, Ilim Group will produce up to 90,000 tons per year of high-quality matte and gloss double-coated paper, with basis weight ranging from 80 to 150 gsm.

Ilim's coated paper will be available under "Omela" brand in rolls and sheets in the sizes that are most popular in the domestic market.

Ilim presented paper samples at the Polygraphinter 2013 exhibition being held in Moscow this week where some of the largest Russian paper products distributors, customers and large publishing houses are in attendance.

Coated paper is produced at a new line in Ilim's mill in Koryazhma, Arkhangelsk Oblast (Russia) within the framework of its large-scale "Big Koryazhma" investment project worth more than USD 270 million.

Upon completion of this project, Ilim Group's state-of-the-art paper machine and an off-machine coater will combine to produce more than 220,000 tons per year of offset, cut-size and coated paper.

Ilim noted that the focus of its coated paper manufacturing is on the growing local market, and in line with the company's strategy to produce more value-added marketable products in Russia as substitutes to imports.

Ilim Group is one of the largest producers of pulp and paper in Russia. Headquartered in St. Petersburg, the company's business assets are located in the Leningrad, Arkhangelsk and Irkutsk Oblasts and account for more than 66% of the total pulp production in Russia and over 24% of the Russian board production. Ilim's total annual pulp and paper production volume is over 2.6 million tons. The company employs some 19,000 people. For further information about Ilim Group, visit www.ilimgroup.ru.

SOURCE: Ilim Group