UPM, Vertaris, Collaborate in Development of Sustainable Release Liner Recycling Concept

Sept. 28, 2011 (Press Release) - UPM and the French company Vertaris have teamed up to develop a sustainable release liner recycling concept in Europe in the spring. The co-operation of UPM and Vertaris provides a more sustainable solution to recycle the used liner back into pulp and paper. Today, the majority of the used siliconised liner is mainly incinerated.

Vertaris developed a technology for de-siliconising paper-based release liner at their plant in Voreppe, France. The recycled liners will be processed into pulp at Vertaris’ plant, and the pulp will be used in paper production at UPM’s paper mills in Europe.

“After the announcement in April there have been various service requests from the label end users and UPM’s direct customers for the collection of liner. UPM’s extensive recovered paper sourcing organisation is now at the stage of contracting the recycled liner volumes all across the Europe, “says Mr Marko Haveri, UPM Portfolio Manager of Business Development in Fine & Speciality Papers and Paper Products, R&D.

“We have a proven technology for making paper out of the recycled liner for fine and speciality paper end uses,” Haveri continues. “We see that this concept fits perfectly to our Biofore strategy to promote the sustainable use of biomass. We have mobilized our strong sales network, extensive recovered paper sourcing organisation and our partners in both logistics and recycled liner processing to support the whole value chain with this initiative.”