Volga has been consistently introducing new technologies to maintain its competitive position in the market. The first step here was the conversion to a new furnish at PM8. Starting from April 2015, PM8 newsprint is manufactured from 100% TMP. The changeover to 100% TMP furnish has brought about a leap in newsprint quality which was immediately felt by the customers. Volga’s newsprint is now ranked on par with that of leading European producers, such as Holmen and UPM.
In June 2015, Volga was included in the list of ‘backbone’ companies of national industries prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation. It will enable the Mill to take advantage of additional government support to finance new production and technological projects, as well as modernize the facilities.
Volga’s top managers emphasize that the current dispute between Volga and MRSK of Centre and Privolzhie electricity network company does not interfere with performance by the Mill of its obligations under existing contracts and confirmed orders. PM8 is in stable operation and provides regular volumes of high-quality newsprint to domestic and foreign customers. Considering an increased demand for Volga’s improved newsprint on export markets, the Mill aims to ensure the highest possible level of service and flexible customer-oriented approach for its major partners. At a time when the newsprint market is volatile, the well-established partnership relations may be an additional key to reliable operations and mutually advantageous cooperation.
In 2016, Volga is planning to export 180,000 tonnes under existing contracts.