The Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (SPPM), Russia’s largest producer of kraft paper and paper sacks, was founded in 1939 in the north of Karelia, 700 km to the North from Saint Petersburg. At those times, the mill had the most powerful equipment in Europe. Up to the 1990s, two thirds of all paper sacks consumed in the former USSR were produced in Segezha. SPPM has been constantly modernized. Today the mill is able to produce up to 400'000 tons of sulphate pulp, 350'000 tons of sack paper and more than 500 million of paper sacks.