New plant in Russia to produce wood-plastic composites

The plant will be the first in Russia to apply a technology for producing composite mixture with a significant proportion of PET.

GS Group, an investment and industry holding company in Russia, has launched a pilot production plant for wood-plastic composites (WPC) in Ulyanovsk, Russian Federation, which will be called GS Composite.

The GS Composite flagship products are granulated wood-plastic composites and finished products made by extrusion and injection molding. WPC pellets output is 500 kg/hour; the capacity of the pilot production is up to 2150 tons of finished products per year. 

The GS Composite plant will be the first in Russia to apply a technology for producing composite mixture with a significant proportion of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). WPC pellets using PET are designed for the production of finished products of higher strength, elasticity and moisture resistance, UV-stabilized and decay-resistant such as for packaging, construction and furniture parts, along with elements of construction formwork. The production technology was developed in the GS Group in-house research and technology laboratory based on the Russian academy of sciences A.N. Frumkin Institute of Physical chemistry and Electrochemistry RAS (IPCE RAS) in Moscow.

GS Composite will use sawdust from local woodworking companies as wood raw material, and in the future it is planned to recycle waste from the Sudoma sawmill that is a part of the Dedovichi production facility complex for deep wood processing developed by GS Group in the Pskov region, Russia. 

GS Group decision to enter the WPC market is related to the consistently implemented strategy for business diversification and the search for new promising industries. According to experts, the volume of the Russian wood-plastic composites market is around 20,000 tons per year, with more than 40% of products are imported. Moreover, the market is growing 8-9% per year. Therefore, by 2020, annual consumption of WPC in Russia is expected to exceed 30,000 tons. Given the project’s potential, GS Composite products will be able to satisfy a significant part of the domestic WPC market, almost completely eliminating the industry’s dependence on imports, GS Group stated.