Iggesund Paperboard is expanding its services for Eastern Europe by establishing a new freight terminal in Riga, Latvia, and a sales ofice in Moscow to boost Russian sales. The newly established units are a step forward in Iggesund's long-term plan to cultivate its delivery services on a global scale.
"We need to be near the customer both in terms of deliveries and other services required by today's customers," said Rikard Papp, director, Asia Pacific & Merchants Europe, Iggesund.
Due to Iggesund's interest in the Russian market, the company will, for the second time, be taking part in the RosUpack exhibition in Moscow.
"The intense interest we met with last year convinced us that we should establish a sales office for the Russian market. It is a major market that definitely has room for a high-end product like Invercote," Papp said.
Iggesund's service offering is not just about deliveries. The newly launched Care by Iggesund is a comprehensive and improved service concept. Steady lead times are the main goal, but everything from fast sample service and knowledge transfer to local, technical support and transparent, raw material are also part of the package.
"We don't want customers who choose Invercote to just sleep well at night. They can also rest assured that the end result will be dazzling," Papp said.
Iggesund Paperboard's terminal in Riga has been in operation since April and the sales office in Russia will be inaugurated in July.
Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group, Holmen, one of the world's 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United States Global Compact Index. Iggesund's turnover is just over $562 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010, Iggesund has invested more than $427 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.
Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative's highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685 but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, one in northern Sweden and another in northern England, employ 1500 people.
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