In an interview with Fars News Agency in Sari, Ali Hosseinpour said, "Since late 2017, Mazandaran Wood & Paper has started making losses so that the increase in expenses and the large number of personnel have led the company to made loss five times as much as its capital. However, we have made profit this year after several years by good planning, and hope that this process will continue in the second half of this year."
He added, "We managed to create good events for this industrial plant so that the complex has started making profit after five years of making losses by proper planning in the field of supplying raw materials."
The Managing Director of the Mazandaran Wood & Paper stated, "In order to remove problems, various measures were on our agenda, including we were supposed to barter a part of our to be paid by the Research and Rangeland Organization, which raised numerous legal barriers in this regard, for instance there is no term of bartering in auctions."
Hosseinpour said, "After various follow-ups, we discussed that the broken and fallen trees would be marked based on the supervision of the Forests and Rangelands Organization, and these trees would be taken far from at least 100 meters of the Wood & Paper Road in 150 thousand hectares of forest lands and would be placed on the side of the road with the coordination of experts and supervisors. All this process would be monitored by the experts of the Forests and Rangelands Organization so that the change of wood smuggling would reach zero percent."
Emphasizing that they had not received even a broken or fallen tree free of charge, he noted, "The routine process is to announce the bidding price, then Mazandaran Wood & Paper will bid as the contractor of the Forests and Rangelands Organization in the auction as per the rule and legal processes."
The Managing Director of the Mazandaran Wood & Paper continued, "We take the wood out with their cooperation by using experts and required equipment, and there are fewer private companies having the required machinery and equipment to take the wood out of forest, so that it is claimed the wood is smuggled or is free is and will be impossible for our complex."
Hosseinpour stated, "We explicitly announce that the broken and fallen timbers are purchased based of the price estimated by experts in order to help the domestic industry keep producing products which will save the reserved foreign currency in the country."
He added, "We managed to make over 40% of the nominal production capacity work due to the shortage of raw materials, and we predict our production will be 80 thousand tons by the end of the year."
Stating that we should move towards more specialized and technical issues, the Managing Director of the Mazandaran Wood & Paper said, "We have corresponded and negotiated with the commanders of Revolutionary corps and Bassij or other organizations in the Northern provinces that have a part of the lands under their control and have tried to persuade them to let our complex use the lands for farming trees with incentives."
Hosseinpour finally said, "We try our best to make a better complex with a prospect to future and hope that this process will continue with the supports provided by the country and provincial authorities so that to bring about good events."
Mazandaran Wood & Paper Factory is the largest paper producer in the country.