Royal recognition for UPM Shotton's sustainability success

Archive 21.4.2009 0:00 EEST

(UPM, Shotton, Deeside, April, 21, 2009) – UPM Shotton has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen as one of the UK's most sustainable businesses with a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the sustainable development category.

The North Wales paper mill, which produces newsprint entirely from recycled old newspapers and magazines and generates its own electricity and steam from paper making residues, was praised for having achieved the highest standards of sustainability throughout its business operations. UPM Shotton was granted the award as recognition for outstanding performance in environmental sustainability and its positive impact on the local community.

Mr David Ingham, General Manager for UPM Shotton, said: "The Queen's Award is the UK's most prestigious award for business performance. Everyone at UPM Shotton is thrilled that we have been recognised as a front-runner in sustainability and an example of how a business can create true value when we take care of our people, our environment and our community."

For further information please contact:
Mr. David Ingham, General Manager, Tel:01244 284407 or email
Mr. Will Stone, Head of Communications UK & Eire on 07841 493447 or email

Notes to editors:

The Queen's Award
The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the UK's most prestigious Awards for business performance. They recognise and reward outstanding achievement by UK companies. In the Sustainable Development category, companies recognised have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business.

The Awards are made each year by Her Majesty The Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, who is assisted by an Advisory Committee that includes representatives of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.

UPM is one of the world’s leading forest industry groups. The company has production units in 14 countries and employs around 25,000 people worldwide. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper and Engineered materials. Sales in 2008 were EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's operations are based on the close integration of raw materials, energy and production. The company is self sufficient in pulp and 85% self-sufficient in electrical power. UPM’s shares are listed on the stock exchange in Helsinki.

UPM Shotton
UPM Shotton is part of UPM, a global forest industry business and Europe’s biggest recycler of newspapers and magazines. It recycles approximately 640,000 tonnes a year – equivalent to 90,000 double decker buses. UPM Shotton is the largest newsprint mill in the UK, producing newsprint for the national and the regional press, with capacity to produce 500,000 tonnes a year. UPM Shotton manufactures newsprint from 100% recovered paper sources.