Coated magazine paper production ceased at UPM Stracel mill

Stock Exchange Release 7.1.2013 10:30 EET

 UPM Corporation          Stock exchange release         Helsinki, 7 January 2013 at 10:30 EET

(UPM, Helsinki, 7 January 2013 at 10:30 EET)  – UPM has finalized the employee information and consultation process with the Central Workers’ Council of UPM France and the Workers’ Council of the Stracel mill. The mill ceased production of coated magazine paper on January 4, 2013.

The consultation process was started in July, 2012. The process is part of UPM’s asset review announced on 31 August 2011, aiming to adjust company’s magazine paper capacity to match the needs of its global customer base.

The current customers of the UPM Stracel will be served from other UPM mills. UPM Stracel mill has been producing 270 000 tonnes of coated magazine paper grades. The mill has 250 employees.

As the next step, UPM will continue the negotiations of the sale of assets and part of the land of the Stracel mill to the joint venture created by VPK Packaging Group and Klingele Papierwerke.

“We have taken the necessary time needed to find the best possible solution for the Stracel mill and its employees. The process was done together with all relevant stakeholders and we want to thank them all for their cooperation” says Jyrki Ovaska, President of UPM Paper Business Group.

“The project of VPK and Klingele to convert the mill into a recycled fibre based containerboard mill is serious and provides an option to create a new industrial future for the Stracel site and for a number of its employees. The aim is to conclude these negotiations as soon as possible,” says Ovaska.

For further information please contact:
Arto Lampinen, Vice President, Production, Paper business group, UPM, tel: +358 40 834 9350

Earlier stock exchange releases related to the subject:
July 03, 2012:  UPM enters into exclusive negotiations for the sale of assets of the Stracel paper mill in Strasbourg, France:

August 31, 2011:  UPM plans to reduce 1.3 million tonnes of paper capacity in Europe:

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