Arkhbum Tissue Group reports shipment of first batch of sanitary tissue products from its new plant in Kaluga, Russia

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Arkhbum Tissue Group reports shipment of first batch of sanitary tissue products from its new plant in Kaluga, Russia

March 22, 2019 - 07:03
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At the end of February, the new plant at the industrial site Vorsino of Arkhbum Tissue Group, LLC (the affiliated company of Arkhangelsk PPM, JSC, Group of Pulp Mill Holding) in Kaluga region has shipped the first batch of tissue products.

The first truck (33 pallets) has left to the North-Caucasian federal district. The company expected to ship 20 trucks to partners in February and 150 trucks in March. The product portfolio includes double-layer toilet paper branded “Soffione PureWhite”, “Soffione Decoro Blue” and “Soffione Decoro Pink”, three-layer toilet paper “Soffione Premio” and paper towel “Soffione Menu” and “Soffione Maxi”.

Currently, the first converting line supplied by Italian machine builder Futura was started to produce the toilet paper and paper towels branded “Soffione” with a capacity of 276 million rolls of toilet paper per year. The second Futura converting line and a new turn-key paper machine by Andritz AG, Austria,  for the base paper production are currently being installed.

Vladimir Krupchak, member of APPM BoD, told that the startup of the second converting line and BM is scheduled for July 2019 with the opening ceremony of plant’s first line.

Earlier, he said that Arkhbum Tissue Group expects to capture share up to 15% of STP market in Russia. He mentioned that among the competitive advantages there is vertical integration within the group of companies, which minimizes the raw material risk due to the fact that the asset in Vorsino, Kaluga region, will operate on FSC-certified raw materials from Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, JSC.

Krupchak explained that among the factors of successful entry into the market there are own fleet of railway wagons and vehicles, which will allow the producer to optimize logistics costs, proximity to one of the most modern dry transport ports of Russia - Kaluga Freight Village and the presence of highly qualified specialists working at the holding enterprises.