INTRODUCTION: The production of paper in the Soviet Union's European north has been classified as a priority by the Communist Party's Central Committee.
GV Snow-covered landscape
GV EXTERIOR Timber in industrial complex
SVs & GVs EXTERIOR Logs lifted by crane and cut by circular saw (5 shots)
SV & GV INTERIOR Paper making machine and other machinery in factory
GV TV Large roll of paper on machine PAN UP machine and employee examining paper (2 shots)
SVs Factory workers operating electrical control panel and man operating television monitor (3 shots)
SVs Factory workers examining paper products (2 shots)
GV Fork-lift truck lifting bale of paper
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The production of paper in the Soviet Union's European north has been classified as a priority by the Communist Party's Central Committee. To this end, the Syktyvkar timber complex, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) north east of Moscow, is to be expanded. The main product from the plant will be typographical paper, used for printing books. The Soviet Union is already the world's largest book producer, and the planned increase in typographical paper production will put it even further ahead.
SYNOPSIS: The Syktyvkar complex is situated in the snowy landscape of the Komi Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Softwood from the region's forests is the raw material used in the paper making process. Since it began functioning ten years ago the complex has grown to become the largest pulp and paper mill in the Soviet Union, and far larger than any similar operation in Europe.
As well as paper the complex also produces pasteboard, cellulose, food yeast, and plates made from waste materials. Paper production at the plant has been increasing every year, but the Soviet authorities plan to reach a production target of 183 thousand tonnes in 1982. In coming years they hope to progress even further.
According to the authorities, the Syktyvkar complex will eventually produce as much paper for printing as all the pulp and paper enterprises of the Soviet Union taken together. The Soviet union accounts fora quarter of all book produced in the world. Three years ago, 84 thousand titles were published, amounting to a total printing of 1,800 million copies. Increased production at Syktyvkar is expected to play a big part in maintaining that record.