UPM's Paper Machine 8 Rebuild Project at Tervasaari Mill on Schedule

Sept. 27, 2011 - UPM said that a paper machine rebuild project underway at its Tervasaari mill in Valkeakoski, Finland is moving along as planned.

In November 2010, UPM announced the project, which is designed to increase the mill's label paper production capacity on PM 8 by almost 30,000 tonnes per year.

"The rebuild of the Tervasaari PM 8 started in March 2011 and has proceeded as planned," said Jari Tamminen, Production Director of UPM Tervasaari. "The first phase in March 2011 brought already more capacity.

"The main phase takes place at the end of Q1 2012. In addition to capacity increase, the investment enables UPM to widen the product portfolio towards thinner and lighter liners. The first new product will be a 45 gsm glassine," Tamminen noted.

UPM's Tervasaari paper mill manufactures some 360,000 tonnes per year of label, envelope and kraft papers. The mill employs about 400 people.

PM 8 was built in 1996 and the machine produces label release base papers. Its previous rebuild was done in year 2006.