The €100m plant has a capacity to produce four billion packages per year, adding to Tetra Pak's existing capacity in the region, the company stated. About 75 per cent of the factory capacity will be used to produce aseptic packaging to meet Russia's growing demand for long-life products. Russia's UHT-milk market grew by 16 per cent in 2006 - twice as fast as the whole market of packed milk, Tetra Pak stated. The company expects the trend to continue. Russia is one of Tetra Pak's top growth markets - with expansion occurring in both the dairy and juice sectors. Igor Akimov, president of Tetra Pak Russia said the decision to invest in new production facilities is based on the rapid growth of the Russian dairy, juice, nectar, and still drinks segments. Tetra Pak Russia has regional offices in St. Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnodar and Yekaterinburg and employs about 700 staff. The company sold 6.1 billion packages in Russia last year.