OFTRINGEN, SWITZERLAND, April 18, 2011 (Press Release) -Omya announced the closure of a 15 year supply agreement with the Ilim Group this week. According to the terms of the agreement, Omya will supply 60,000 tons per year of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) for Ilim's Koryazhma plant in the Archangelsk region of the Russian Federation.
This partnership makes Omya the exclusive supplier of PCC to the plant in Koryazhma. Ilim is adding a new uncoated wood free paper machine at this location. Scheduled start up for the new machine is October 1, 2012, at which time the Omya plant will be ready to supply up to 60,000 tons per year of PCC.
PCC is an essential raw material for paper manufacturing and responsible for key properties such as bulk, opacity and whiteness. Omya won a competitive bid where Ilim assessed items such as product quality, cost, technical capability and technical service, as well as environmental and quality certificates (ISO 14001 and 9001).
Omya offers its clients excellent technical support to ensure the efficiency of their manufacturing processes. Headquartered in Switzerland, Omya is market leader in coating and filler pigments to the paper and board industries.
Ilim is the leading Russian Pulp and Paper group with a total annual pulp and paper production volume exceeding 2.5 million tons. It ranks third in Europe and thirteenth globally in terms of market pulp production. It is also the largest company in Europe and the sixth globally in terms of forest resources and harvesting volumes.
Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals, mainly fillers and pigments derived from calcium carbonate and dolomite, and a worldwide distributor of chemical products. The company‘s major markets are the paper, plastics, paint/coatings/ adhesives industries as well as construction, environment, agriculture, food and pharma. Founded in 1884 in Switzerland, Omya now has a global presence extending to more than 100 locations in over 50 countries and 7000 employees.
About Ilim Group
Ilim Group was registered in St. Petersburg on September 27, 2006. In 2007, the Group was joined by Kotlas Pulp and Paper Mill, Bratsk Pulp and Containerboard Mill and Ust-Ilimsk Forest Industrial Complex as the mills were converted to a single share. On July 2 Ilim Group started its activities as a unified company.
Production assets of the Group are structured on the production and geographical basis and include the following business units "Ilim West" and "Ilim East".
Business unit "Ilim West" includes Ilim Group's assets in north-western Russia: Koryazhma Branch of Ilim Group (Arkhangelsk region), forestry branch in Koryazhma, as well as corrugated packaging plant in Leningrad Region.
Business unit "Ilim East" includes Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk Branches of Ilim Group, as well as regional logging companies in Bratsk and Ust-Ilimsk regions.