UPM to Build Eucalyptus R&D Facility at Fray Bentos Pulp Mill

UPM's Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay.

Dec. 15, 2011 - UPM said that it will strengthen its research on eucalyptus fiber and build a competence center at the Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay.

The new competence center will focus on the research of eucalyptus species and their impact on end product properties, along with evaluating the aspects of the eucalyptus species growing in Uruguay with the aim to accelerate the process of selecting the best trees to be planted in the future, UPM said.

"At the Fray Bentos mill site we can combine our expertise in the pulp process with the plantation forestry operations know-how in an innovative way," said Sami Saarela, Vice President for UPM's pulp production.

"The new competence center will also enable us to strengthen the cooperation with our customers in product development,” Saarela added.

The Fray Bentos competence center will operate as part of UPM’s global R&D Network, and increase research activities and training of the Uruguayan engineers in the development of eucalyptus fibers.

The new center, including expansion of the existing laboratory facilities will be operational during the first half of 2012.