Russia plans to supply sodium chlorate from Uzbekistan, which is used to bleach pulp in the production of white paper. According to the data, agreements on this were concluded by the Russian delegation with Uzbek partners at the Innoprom forum in Tashkent.
“Yes this is true. This is sodium chlorate, which is produced in Uzbekistan,” said Denis Manturov, head of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.
According to him, Russia has all the components necessary for the production of white paper, the only thing lacking is sodium chlorate, which is used for bleaching. It can be ordered either in China or Uzbekistan. And negotiations on deliveries were held by his deputy Oleg Bocharov within the framework of Innoprom.
By the way, the abrupt cessation of supplies of sodium chlorate from Europe was one of the reasons for the shortage of office paper in the Russian regions in March-early April. In particular, due to a shortage of reagents, one of the three largest manufacturers of this type of product, the Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Mill of the American International Paper Company (SvetoCopy brand), was forced to suspend production.
By the way, against the backdrop of a rise in the price of paper in Russia and in Uzbekistan, the prices for office paper increased by an average of 2 times.
source: Uzbek report news