Johannesburg, South Africa 10 October 2014 -- Mondi Syktyvkar celebrated its 45th anniversary this year and the investment demonstrates Mondi's continued commitment to the operation. "We are proud of our mill's heritage, community relations and continued achievements", explains Peter Orisich, CEO of Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.
"The new pulp dryer will allow us to produce more than 100,000 tonnes of FSC® certified softwood market pulp per year", says Klaus Peller, Mondi Syktyvkar Managing Director. "The project has been successfully managed by a professional team and we're set to officially mark the opening of the pulp dryer on 19 November 2014 as planned", explains Klaus Peller, Managing Director, Mondi Syktyvkar.
The foundation works for the pulp dryer and auxiliary equipment were finished late May 2014, while the roof and ventilation were completed this summer. In the final phase, the drying section, tanks, pipelines, electrical and automation equipment were installed during September.
The pulp dryer allows Mondi Syktyvkar to produce a new bleached softwood market pulp called KOMICELL, which is FSC® certified and produced without elemental chlorine (ECF). "This FSC® chain of custody certified product is ideally suited to meet the needs of our national and international packaging, tissue, and newsprint industry customers. Together with our proven supply chain capabilities, we are looking forward to fulfilling our customer requests - on time and in full", said Igor Naumov, Mondi Syktyvkar Market Pulp Sales Manager.
Softwood pulp is the most valuable fiber material in paper production. It mainly consists of long fibers that can be used with short-fibered materials (mechanical, hardwood, straw and cane pulp) in paper production and can also be used on its own. First deliveries of KOMICELL are planned for this year.
About Mondi Syktyvkar
Mondi Syktyvkar is a part of Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. The mill is one of the leaders in pulp and paper industry and the biggest paper producer in Russia. The company's core business is the production of office and offset paper. It also produces newsprint and White Top Kraftliner. The most important brand of the company is the office paper "Snegurochka".
Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 24,000 people in production facilities across 31 countries. In 2013, Mondi had revenues of €6.5 billion and a ROCE of 15.3%. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, the Americas and South Africa.
The Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from the management of its own forests and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components.
Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group's performance, and the responsible approach it takes to good business practice, has been recognised by its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.