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Pulp and paper industry

The pulp and paper industry of Belarus produces about 250 million tons of paper and about 60 million tons of cardboard annually, part of the products are exported.

The key representatives of the pulp and paper segment are OJSC “Svetlogorsk Pulp and Paper Combine”, OJSC “Belarusian Wallpaper”, OJSC “Gomeloboi”, OJSC “Dobrush Paper Factory “Geroi Truda”, OJSC “Slonim Cardboard and Paper Plant “Albertin”, OJSC “Paper Plant “Krasnaya Zvezda”, UE “Paper Plant” Gosznaka of the Republic of Belarus”, OJSC “Paper Plant “Spartak”, OJSC “Molodechno Cardboard Factory “Raevka”, OJSC “Cardboard Factory “Olkhovka”, OJSC “Krovlya” and others. Imported pulp and waste paper is used as raw material. The authority coordinating the work of the enterprises of the sphere is the concern “Bellesbumprom”.

Despite the growing production volumes of the Belarusian enterprises, the level of import of paper remains high in the republic. In this regard, as well as due to the fact that there is a significant proportion of low-value softwood timber and thinners which are unclaimed on the domestic market, it is planned to accelerate the development of the production of pulp and paper. As of today, the largest projects in the industry include the putting into operation of the unbleached pulp factory in Svetlahorsk and the start-up of the plant on the production of newsprint with an annual capacity of 100 thousand tons in Shkloū. Moreover, the technical re-equipment and reconstruction of the paper plant “Spartak”, where the modernization of the paper machine was finished, has been carried out. The production of office paper in packs on an automated production line was organized at the Dobrush Paper Factory “Geroi Truda”.

Investments and projects

Conditions of participation in the modernization of the pulp and paper industry in Belarus allowed to attract foreign investors to a number of projects. Thus, a factory on the production of sulfate bleached pulp will be constructed in the republic with the participation of Chinese investments. The project is implemented on the basis of OJSC “Svetlogorsk Pulp and Paper Combine”. It is expected that in 2015 the plant will reach the capacity of 400 thousand tons of sulfate bleached pulp per year.

In December 2013 it is planned to organize the production of base paper for the production of ornamental type of paper with a capacity of 30 tons per year at RUE “Newsprint Plant”. The estimated cost of the project is 70 million Euro.

In 2014, it is planned to put the plant on the production of multilayer coated and uncoated types of cardboard with capacity of 200 tons per year into operation at the Dobrush Paper Plant “Geroi Truda”. Project costs will amount to 348.6 million US dollars. The source of financing are Chinese credit resources.