Omya builds first PCC plant in Russia

OFTRINGEN, Switzerland, July 14, 2003 (Press Release) - Omya is building the first industrial production plant for precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) in Russia on the grounds of the Mondi-owned Neusiedler Syktyvkar paper mill. This on-site facility, constructed to supply the neighboring paper mill, is designed to produce 80,000 tonnes/yr PCC. Start up is slated for the fourth quarter of 2003.

Syktyvkar will be Omya's fifth PCC plant. "Russia and eastern Europe are among the dynamic growth markets in the paper sector worldwide," explains Josef Korak, general manager, production for Omya Central and Eastern Europe.

The Swiss chemicals supplier began developing PCC solutions fifteen years ago. In 1996 it started up its first pilot plant, with a full-scale industrial PCC plant being commissioned the following year in Golling, Austria. Omya's other plants are in Moerdijk (Netherlands), Szolnok (Hungary) and Hausmening (Austria). Including the new plant in Syktyvkar, Omya now has the capacity to produce about 500,000 tonnes/yr of PCC geared toward the paper industry in Europe.