UPM launches innovative trailer system for News International

Archive 30.1.2007 0:00 EET

(UPM, Altrincham, January 30, 2007) – UPM has launched an innovative paper unloading system for its two-tonne triple width newsprint reels used by major publisher News International.

The initiative was developed by UPM's Logistics team and Ken McCoy, Director of Newsprint Purchasing for News International in order to seek safe and secure methods for the transportation of new width (2211mm) reels from the production site to the print room.

The technology, supplied and patented by Joloda International, has been specifically designed for the newsprint industry: a high speed unloading dock and trailer system for deliveries between UPM Shotton and News International's fully automated printing plant at Knowsley, Merseyside.

Ceri Jones, Logistics Technical Manager, UPM said: "Safety in transportation was the key factor in designing a new unloading system for News International. A series of research tests were commissioned, together with other key newsprint suppliers, at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) to assess the stability of the larger reel loads.

"The results demonstrated that the traditional method of 'on end' loading was not suitable for the larger width reels, and an alternative method of ensuring stability in transportation was necessary. Furthermore, our customer required the unloading method to be fully automated.".

C&H Hauliers contributed to the project as main hauliers for News International's new site at Broxbourne.

Ken McCoy added: "The partnership approach applied by UPM has enabled us to ramp up our Knowsley site with state of the art automation combined with the added safety benefits."

Mr Wojtek Kordel, Managing Director of Joloda, the system developer and supplier said: “Joloda are delighted to have supplied our automated system for this project. It was a pleasure to work as part of a team whose commitment drove this project over the past 2 yrs to a success"

The new trailer has been built by the Cartwright Group, based in Altrincham. Steven Cartwright, Group Director said: "The Cartwright Group is delighted to be involved in this exciting and innovative project, alongside UPM, News International, WH Malcolm and Joloda International. At Cartwright's we enjoy the challenge of devising new approaches to situations.

UPM's contracted hauliers, The Malcolm Group have also contributed to the development of the new trailer system. Mr Andrew Malcolm, Group Chief Executive said: "The Malcolm Group is delighted with the innovative trailer solution which further demonstrates our successful partnership with UPM and News International."

For more information on UPM, please contact:
Mr Will Stone, Head of Communications UK & Ireland, tel. + 44(0)161 252 7260

For more information on News International please contact:
Ken McCoy, Director, Newsprint Purchasing, tel. +44(0)20 7782 6626

For more information on Joloda International Limited please contact:
Karen McBride, Marketing Manager, tel. +44 (0151) 427 8954

For more information on the Cartwright Group, please contact:
Neal Snowden, Drummond Publicity, tel. 01706-819556 / 07836-778007

For more information on The Malcolm Group, please contact:
Helen Ryan, tel. +44(0)1324 668344

Notes to Editors

UPM in short
UPM is one of the world’s leading forest products groups. The Group's sales in 2005 were EUR 9.3 billion, and it has about 30,000 employees. UPM's main products include printing papers, converting materials and wood products. The company has production plants in 15 countries and its main market areas are Europe and North America. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York stock exchanges. Further information is availabe on the company's web site at www.upm-kymmene.com

UPM in the UK
UPM operates two paper mills, one converting unit and a forestry management business. UPM Shotton, based in Deeside North Wales produces 100 per cent recycled newsprint for the UK and international newspaper industries. UPM Caledonian, based in Ayrshire, Scotland, produces lightweight coated papers for the UK and international magazine publishing industries. UPM Raflatac, based in Scarborough, Yorkshire, produces pressure sensitive label stock and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays.). UPM Tilhill, operating across the UK, provides forestry management services to a wide range of businesses and individuals. In addition to the paper and forestry businesses, UPM also operates the sales of its wood products and Walki Wisa wrapping and barrier materials

Joloda international Limited is one of the worlds leading designers, manufactures and installers of loading, handling and logistics systems for the transport, containerisation and industrial sectors. The company is based in Liverpool, England with a work force of approximately 50. The Joloda name has been in existence since 1969 providing innovative solutions to materials handling problems.

Joloda provides engineering/ technology based/ operationally efficient solutions for applications in vehicles, containers and production lines for first tier suppliers to the automotive industry. The majority of Joloda's sales are exported world wide through our network of agents and all our products are accredited to the ISO 9001 quality standard

The Cartwright Group
The Cartwright Group is a family-owned firm of trailer manufacturers which has been in business for more than 50 years. It has always been based at its premises in Altrincham but last year acquired an additional site in Wythenshawe, Manchester. It prides itself on an ability to innovate and anticipate market trends and is driven by the need to maximise vehicle efficiency.

The company offers a full range of transport solutions for business, including curtainsided trailers, box van trailers, double decks, demountable systems, rigid vehicle bodywork, specialist trailers, temperature-controlled bodywork, cold stores, trailer leasing and the CubeLift, MegaLift and RollerLift series of trailer lifts.

Many of the UK's most famous names and most prestigious blue chip companies have been returning to Cartwright's for more than half a century.

The Cartwright Group can be contacted at Ocean Street, Atlantic Street, Broadheath, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5DH. 0161-928-0966. www.cartwright-group.co.uk

The Malcolm Group
Originating as a family-owned business in the 1940's, The Malcolm Group has become a leading provider of logistics and construction services, employing assets of over 1,600 people, 450 trucks, 1,000 trailers, 120 items of heavy plant and over 3 million square feet of warehousing throughout the UK.

We provide integrated logistics solutions to a range of 'Blue Chip' customers, incorporating warehousing and handling services, road and rail distribution and supply chain management.

Our Construction Services Division is a one-stop major contractor for groundwork services, waste management and plant and tipper hire.

Our quality of service is renowned and stems from our highly skilled and experienced workforce, complemented by consistent investment in the latest vehicles, equipment, technology and training.