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Company History

How it all began

In January 2024, Kharovsklesprom LLC launched new workshops: briquetting and planing.

VLP acquired a sawmill and woodworking complex in the Novgorod region


On September 22, 2023, the grand opening of the birch plywood plant of Plitwood LLC took place (the plant is owned on parity terms by the VLP Group of Companies and ChFMK JSC)

In February 2022 the Industrial Development Fund granted a loan of 490 million RUB to LLC Plitwood.

In June 2022 Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki presented its products to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In July 2022 Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki joined the Association of Wooden Housebuilding.

According to the magazine “Forest Industry”, Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki was included in the TOP-10 largest timber industry companies in Russia in 2021.

In March 2021 Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki was recognised by President Putin at a meeting with volunteers for the All-Russian mutual assistance campaign “We’re Together” for its active participation in the campaign at the regional level.

More than 10 million RUB were donated to charity as part of the project “30 Good Deeds”, which was implemented by the Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki in 2021 to mark the company’s 30th anniversary.

By the Order of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation № 10 dated January 14, 2020 the investment project “Creation of the production of birch plywood on the basis of LLC Plitvud” was included in the list of priority investment projects in the field of forest development.

In October 2020 Group of Companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki together with Cherepovets Plywood and Furniture Plant acquired the enterprise LLC Sheksninskii Kombinat of Wood Boards.

In 2020 Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki was recognised as the winner of the “Exporter of the Year” competition in the “Industry Exporter of the Year” category.

In May 2019 a pellet plant was opened at the site of LLC Harovsklesprom. The company invested about 300 million RUB to implement this project.

In June 2019 Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki won the “Golden Mercury” National Entrepreneurship Award for 2018.

In 2019 Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki was ranked 10th in the ranking of Russia’s largest timber companies by “Forest Industry” magazine’s Top 50 for 2018.

In 2019 Vologda Region Government summarised the results of the regional competition Investor of the Region. The winner in the category “For the implementation of the best investment project in the timber industry” was awarded to LLC Harovsklesprom for the establishment of pellet production at the enterprise.

On December 16, 2016 Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki, together with Cherepovets Plywood and Furniture Plant, established an enterprise Vohtogalesdrev on the basis of Vohtoga DOK. In the first stage, the organisation leased the production complex and resumed board production.

On May 24, 2018 on the platform of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a protocol of intent was signed between the Vologda Region Government, JSC Group of companies VLP and JSC CHFMK on the implementation of the project and assistance in the development of investment activities in the region. Birch plywood production was established on the basis of LLC Plitwood.

In 2015 according to the rating of the industry magazine “Forest Industry”, LLC Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki were in the Top 50 largest timber industry companies in Russia and occupied an honourable 11th place.

In 2016 the third stage of LLC Harovsklesprom reconstruction was launched, which includes a finished product exchange and a fuel pellet production plant.

In 2013, within the framework of the implementation of a priority investment project in the field of forest development for the modernization of the enterprise LLC Harovsklesprom, a ceremonial start of the first stage of the investment project took place, including the launch of a new boiler house on raw bark-wood fuel with a capacity of 20 MW by the Austrian company Agro.

In 2014, as part of the same investment project, at Harovsklesprom took place:

  • Launching of Almab dry lumber sorting line by (Sweden)
  • Launching of Valutech continuous kilns (Finland)
  • Installation of Hekotek log sorting line (Estonia)

On December 21, 2011 in accordance with the Decree of the President of the Russian Federation Churkin Aleksandr Nikolaevich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki, was awarded the title of Honoured Worker of the timber industry of the Russian Federation.

In 2007 the company began the establishment of a new timber processing plant LLC LDK No. 2.

On July 6, 2010 LLC LDK No. 2 was brought into operation in the city of Vytegra.

Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki implemented one of the first priority investment projects in the Vologda region in the field of forest development. Also, a forest management certificate according to FSC standards was obtained for all enterprises of the Group of companies.

In 2003 Group of companies Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki became a member of the Union of Timber Industrialists and Exporters of Russia. At the VII Congress of the Union held on April 15, 2003 A.N. Churkin was unanimously elected to the Council of the Union.

In 2004 the Finnish company Metsäliitto, one of the world’s largest forestry companies, producing pulp, plywood, paper and other products, became a shareholder of the holding company.

In December 2006 the non-profit organization Regional association of employers called Union of Timber Producers and Exporters of the Vologda region started its activity. A.N. Churkin is the Chairman of its Council.

In 2001 a holding company was established on the basis of the Association Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki. It was an actively developing, vertically integrated holding company, combining capital and other resources in the timber harvesting, woodworking and financial spheres. Unlike the association, Holding Company Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki was created precisely in order to give uniformity to the existing management structures, taking into account the main goal – to make a profit and to provide rationalisation of the infrastructure.

In 2001 a timber processing enterprise LLC Harovsklesprom was established. Timber harvesting enterprises LLC Lomovatka-Les and LLC Loiga-Les were established in 2002.

A great example of a successful investment project was the establishment of a timber harvesting enterprise with a cut-to-length method of timber harvesting, LLC Onegalesprom, in the spring of 1997. The project (the amount of investments was 1.5 million USD) paid off in two and a half years instead of the planned five years.

In the same year, two more timber harvesting enterprises joined the company: LLC Verhovazheles and LLC Vozhega-Les.

That was also when a company LLC Tsentr finansovogo menegmenta was established (nowadays it is LLC Lizingovaya Kompaniya TSFM).

In 1997 on the basis of Avstrofor enterprise, the structure of Association Vologodskie Lesopromyshlenniki began to form. Its shaping took place in such conditions, when the timber complex was going through hard times and decisive measures were required to overcome the crisis.

The head of the company, Aleksandr Churkin, managed to find like-minded people, finances and to receive support from the regional government. Having united five regional timber harvesting, insurance and leasing companies, the company successfully functioned in this form for three years.

The history of the company began in 1991, when a closed joint-stock company Avstrofor was established together with a large Austrian company Holzindustrie Schweighofer. Today it is a company with 100% Russian capital. The company was engaged in trading activity. Wood harvesting, sawing up and export were organised.