Ilim Group has summarized the results of its export operations in China in 2022. Based on the last year’s results, Ilim’s deliveries to China reached record-high 1.7 million tons of finished products, including 1.359 million tons of pulp and 360 thousand tons of board. Pulp and board supplies grew by more than 10% and 56% vs 2021, respectively.
“Chinese market remains a priority destination for Ilim Group. Our products are still in high demand in China despite the slowdown in economic growth of the PRC”, comments Alexey Chernyaev, Ilim Group’s Senior Vice President for Sales, Supply Chain Management and Packaging. “Ilim’s overall supplies to China last year increased by 266 thousand tons with half of the volume being board, fluting and unbleached pulp manufactured at our Koryazhma Mill redirected to the PRC from other markets. The Company was fast to reform its logistics chains and found customers to buy additional volumes, including some in new segments for Ilim”.
Currently, Ilim Group’s products are consumed by more than 500 mills in 20 regions of China. In 2022, the Company strengthened its footprint in central and south-western regions of China, also driven by supplies along the Silk Road (board exports along the route have tripled since 2020).
Given the investment projects it is implementing, Ilim plans to increase exports to China to 2.4 million tons by 2025. Supply volumes will be mainly boosted by products from Ilim Group's new pulp and paper mill (the KLB Mill) in Ust-Ilimsk. Production will be launched in less than six months. The Mill will manufacture virgin kraftliner and Ilim has already signed 10 agreements with its Chinese partners for the entire KLB Mill output for three years.
Ilim has 27 years of experience in the Chinese market. The Company’s supplies to China have grown 34-fold since 1996. The Company is the largest supplier of bleached softwood pulp to China.