At the PAP-FOR All-Russian online forum, Volga’s Deputy CEO/Sales Alexey Vdovin spoke about the new directions of the company’s product strategy
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a serious drop in the newsprint market, but we were well prepared for this,” says Alexey Vdovin.
“At the end of 2019, step by step, we moved ahead with product diversification. In particular, we have mastered the production of packaging paper grades used in the production of corrugated board and boxes for e-commerce.
“In this regard, we have increased the production of packaging paper up to 60%. About 50% of these products are exported.
“And we continue to focus on expanding the product line, searching for new niche products.
“As part of the new product strategy, the company plans to further work on an ultra-light liner (interliner), with a weight of 40 to 47-48 g / sq. m, fluting (65 to 80 g / sq. m), a light liner (65 to 80 g / sq. m), wrapping paper (70-80 g / sq. m), as well as paper for food products weighing 38, 40 and 42 g / sq. m.
“We also consider the possibility of producing base paper for phenolic films.”
Volga Joint Stock Company (Balakhna, Nizhny Novgorod region) is a vertically integrated timber company.
It manufactures paper from 100% thermomechanical pulp for printing newspapers, books and printing products, paper for the production of corrugated cardboard and other types of packaging paper.
The products of JSC Volga, repeatedly awarded with diplomas of the TOP-100 Russia’s goods All-Russian competition, are exported to more than 80 countries.
JSC Volga is among the TOP-50 largest timber companies of the Russian Federation, TOP-100 largest companies and exporters in the Nizhny Novgorod region, as well as in the All-Russian rating of Industry leaders.
In 2020, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the RF included JSC Volga in the list of backbone (socially significant) companies in the Russian timber industry.