UPM Specialty Papers’ products contribute to vital sectors of society during COVID-19

Story 25.4.2020 18:00 EEST

Together with our customers, UPM Specialty Papers plays an important role in maintaining the continuity of vital sectors of society during this exceptional time. We have taken extensive measures to ensure paper deliveries to our customers in order for them to be able to serve industries and consumers also during the crisis.


In the pharmaceutical industry, for example, our graphic papers have been used in instruction leaflets for medication used to treat the Corona virus. In supermarkets, our packaging papers protect products to ensure food safety. Labelling materials are used to help ensure product safety as well as the efficient transportation and distribution of goods.


UPM Specialty Papers is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and has taken extensive precautions to minimize the impact on our employees, operations and deliveries. So far, there have not been disruptions to UPM Specialty Papers’ operations.

Employee health and safety

UPM has taken extensive precautions to ensure the health and safety of our employees. UPM employees should primarily follow the instructions and guidance of local authorities.

UPM has also decided to give its own instructions to protect its employees, including precautions such as: the segregation of certain teams, avoiding events and f2f meetings, remote working arrangements, bans on business travel and extensive hygiene measures.  


So far, our mills in Europe and China are unaffected by the virus and operations are running normally. We have taken extensive measures to prevent COVID-19 infections at our mills to ensure employee safety and customer deliveries. We have identified critical risk areas, set contingency plans and taken preventive actions to secure e.g. critical chain of raw material supplies.

Supply chain

We are committed to providing you with the best available supply. Our logistics chain has secured operations without major disruptions. However, there have been some congestions due to additional safety procedures and stricter border controls.

Product safety

Based on our current understanding, Corona viruses are reported to be spread by respiratory droplets and do not survive on surfaces for long periods of time. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods.