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.