State-of-the-art folio-size sheeting technology for Ilim Group

Hamburg, Germany / Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.A. / St. Petersburg, Russia, (PresseBox) - The Russian Ilim Group has invested in a folio-size sheeter from E.C.H. Will and Pemco for their paper mill in Koryazhma in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia. The highly automated machine type FS has a working width of 2200 mm and features PRO technology and non-stop no waste pallet changing.

The Koryazhma location now has a new facility for converting coated and uncoated paper. Paul Herbert, Chief Executive Officer at St. Petersburg-based Ilim Group, commented, "Apart from investing in a new paper machine, we placed special emphasis on the mark-free conversion of our coated roll products in selecting the sheeting technology. We were impressed by the PRO technology from E.C.H. Will."

Installation of the folio-size line is planned for the summer of 2012. Then the first and only plant in Russia for mark-free folio-size paper with an annual production capacity of over 100,000 metric tons will start operations in Koryazhma.

Ilim Group

Ilim Group is the leader of the Russian pulp and paper industry in terms of output volume, financial stability, corporate governance efficiency and technology.

The strategic partner of Ilim Group and the owner of 50% of its shares is International Paper, the world's largest pulp and paper company. Ilim Group is headquartered in St. Petersburg.

The company's business assets located in the Leningrad, Arkhangelsk and Irkutsk Oblasts are the largest mills in the Russian forest products industry accounting for more than 65% of the total pulp production in Russia and over 25% of the Russian board production. The total annual pulp and paper production volume of the company is more than 2.3 million tons.

Ilim Group employs over 20,000 people.

The strategic focus of Ilim Group is to make a shift from producing only semi-finished goods to also manufacturing higher value products - paper and packaging.

Ilim Group's priorities include customer needs, advanced technologies, effectiveness, people development, reduction of environmental impact, industrial safety, social responsibility and shareholder returns.

E.C.H. Will GmbH

E.C.H. Will, based in Wedel near Hamburg, Germany, and Pemco, based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA are leading suppliers of machinery and system solutions for the paper manufacturing and converting industries.

Their product ranges include cut-size sheeters for the production of communication paper (2-16 pockets), cut-size paper wrapping and packaging machinery, folio-size sheeting machines for paper and board mills (FS brand) and for paper, board and other specialty materials converters (SHM brand) as well as folio-size paper, board and metal plate wrapping and cartoning machines (Wrapmatic brand).
Furthermore, converting lines for the production of ruled and unruled layers, exercise books and folded sheets in the entry-level, mid-range and high-end markets, specialty stationery envelope packaging machines as well as a new single sheet converting solution for the production of digitally printed book blocks complete the portfolio.

E.C.H. Will and Pemco closely work together with their further sister company Kugler-Womako based in Nürtingen near Stuttgart.

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