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Ilim’s USD 2 billion plan for Russian mills looks set to boost BSK exports to China

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Ilim’s USD 2 billion plan for Russian mills looks set to boost BSK exports to China

April 22, 2016 - 13:32
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Growing demand for long fiber from China has helped lead to the Ilim Group’s USD 2 billion plan to boost its pulp and paper capacity by 530,000 tonnes/yr, of which 400,000 tonnes/yr may be bleached softwood kraft (BSK) pulp for the Chinese market.

In its Business Plan to 2020, the company outlined a program that will see its three mills in Russia upgraded in the next five years. The upgrade will be carried out by revamping the plants’ production lines.

Two of the three facilities, the Ust-Ilimsk and the Bratsk plants, are located in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. They mainly produce BSK pulp and bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) pulp, with neighbouring China their prime market. Ilim will also modernize the Koyarzhma mill in the Arkhangelsk region, in the west of the country. The plant operates a 150,000 tonne/yr BHK line and a 60,000 tonne/yr USK line, as well as seven paper and board machines with a total capacity of 1 million tonnes/yr. Its output is sold mainly in the domestic market and in Europe.