UPM Tervasaari mill’s rebuilt paper machine 8 starts after renewal

Archive 29.3.2012 13:02 EEST

(UPM, Helsinki, 29 March 2012 at 13:00) – UPM Tervasaari mill’s paper machine 8, producing label release base papers, has been started-up after major renovation. Modifications have been made throughout the paper machine line in order to increase speed and further improve paper quality.

The renewal will increase the capacity of the paper machine by 30,000 tonnes.

"The investment is UPM's way of meeting the increasing demand for label papers. The company wants to secure its market leader position in label papers and support customer growth," says Pentti Putkinen, General Manager of the Tervasaari Mill.

“The new technology enables us to produce even thinner high quality papers. The better efficiency of the paper production and material usage also improves the competitiveness of label papers. This strengthens the position of paper based labelstock in competition with other materials and alternative product decoration techniques in the market”, Antti Heimola, Product Manager of UPM Label Paper explains.

PM 8 was built in 1996. It underwent major renovations in 2006.

The UPM Tervasaari Mill produces approximately 385,000 tonnes of speciality papers annually using three paper machines. UPM signed a preliminary contract in February 2012 and will sell its packaging paper production to the Swedish company Billerud. The transaction includes two packaging paper machines: PM 7 in Tervasaari that produces kraft papers, i.e. envelope, bag and technical papers, and PM 1 in Pietarsaari that produces kraft paper and sack kraft paper. The aim is to finalise the transaction during the second quarter of 2012.

For further information, please contact:
Pentti Putkinen, General Manager, UPM Tervasaari, tel. +358 204 162 300

UPM, Corporate Communications
Media Desk, tel. +358 40 588 3284


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UPM Tervasaari mill has three paper machines, two of which produce release base paper (PM 8 and PM 5). In addition, PM 7 produces kraft papers such as envelope, bag and technical papers. The mill is the world’s leading release base paper producer. The combined annual capacity of these three paper machines is 385 000 tonnes. About 90 per cent of the production is exported. The mill employes about 400 people.