On May 28, 2020, Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill was visited by the Acting Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region Alexander Tsybulsky. On the tour, he was accompanied by the general director of the mill Dmitry Zyliov.
Alexander Tsybulsky got acquainted with the technology of containerboard production in a chain: woodroom - board production, where he was shown the operation of a new second board machine (BM-2).
Alexander Tsybulsky also visited the site of the new Valmet evaporation station worth 6.5 billion rubles, which will officially be launched in late August - during the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the APPM. This is a key step in the priority investment project in the field of forest development “Reconstruction of cardboard production”. In addition to the business component, the new evaporation station will give a great environmental effect for the entire region. APPM expects to reduce water consumption in cardboard production up to 50%, air emissions - up to 65%. As part of the construction of the evaporation station, three shell-type boilers were installed for the combustion of non-condensable gases generated during the cooking of half-cellulose and at the evaporation station itself. Emissions from boilers must also be cleaned in a gas treatment plant. The design degree of purification will be 99.9%. “No emissions and no odors.” Valmet has created an integrated NCG system for the next-generation evaporator station.
Then a workshop was held concerning the development of the plant and the city of Novodvinsk with the participation of Mayor Sergei Andreev. The schedule of the meeting included a video conference with employees of the APPM, who were able to ask interesting questions to the Acting Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region, Alexander Tsybulsky.
In particular, the employees of the plant asked how to attract young specialists to the enterprises of the region. “It is necessary to create high-tech jobs, as at the Arkhangelsk PPM,” said Alexander Tsybulsky. The plant’s general director Dmitry Zyliov, in turn, noted that the company annually invests about half a billion rubles in social policy and charity, including the maintenance of Novodvinsk social infrastructure facilities; APPM provides one of the best social packages in the timber industry complex, consisting of a whole range of significant positions.
Then there was a video conference with a member of the board of directors of the Arkhangelsk PPM Vladimir Krupchak, who told Alexander Tsybulsky about the current stage of the enterprise’s activities, touching upon the history of the plant. In particular, Vladimir Krupchak noted in the conversation that since 2000, APPM has become the core of a vertically integrated structure (VIS).
Today, the Austrian-German group of companies Pulp Mill Holding includes five large enterprises: Arkhangelsk PPM, Arkhbum JSC, specializing in the production of corrugated packaging with four processing centers in Istra-1, Istra-2, Podolsk, Voronezh and Ulyanovsk, a logistics company Arkhbum LLC and one of the largest Russian manufacturers of sanitary products under its own brand Soffione - Arkhbum Tissue Group LLC. Within the framework of the VIS, for many years the holding's flagship enterprise, Arkhangelsk PPM, has been supplied with wood raw materials by Titan Group of Companies.
During the video conference, Vladimir Krupchak and Alexander Tsybulsky discussed joint infrastructure projects in the region, including the construction of roads on the basis of public-private partnership.
Dmitry Zyliov unveiled to the Acting Governor of the Arkhangelsk Region a priority investment project in the field of forest development “Reconstruction of APPM Board Production”, which was implemented in 2008-2020. Actual investments under the project are about 14 billion rubles. Modernization of BM-1 and reconstruction of BM-2, construction of a new half-cellulose stream and a new evaporation station, reconstruction of soda recovery boilers SRK-1 and SRK-2, as well as construction of a coal boiler in boiler cells of stations No. 7-9 were successfully completed.
Following the visit, a press scrum was held. Answering journalists' questions, the Acting Governor of the Arkhangelsk region noted: “It’s the first time I have visited the Arkhangelsk PPM, which is one of the largest taxpayers in the region; this is a modern enterprise that continues to progressively develop and update,” summed up Alexander Tsybulsky.
One of the top questions was connected with working conditions of the enterprise under COVID-19. General director of the company Dmitry Zyliov emphasized that, thanks to a wide range of measures, there is not a single sick person at APPM, and the plant continues to implement the investment program. By 2025, the annual pulp cooking at the APPM will exceed one million tons. The mill plans to launch at its industrial site a new, most modern and environmentally friendly sulfate-cardboard plant in Europe, which will give the city, region, country new jobs and additional taxes.