UPM Restarts PM 8 at Tervasaari After Major Upgrade

March 29, 2012 - UPM said that paper machine 8 at its Tervasaari mill has been started-up after a major renovation.

PM 8 produces label release base papers.

Modifications have been made throughout the paper machine line in order to increase speed and further improve paper quality, UPM said in a statement. The upgrade will increase PM 8's capacity by 30,000 tonnes.

"The investment is UPM's way of meeting the increasing demand for label papers. The company wants to secure its market leader position in label papers and support customer growth," said Pentti Putkinen, General Manager of the Tervasaari Mill.

Antti Heimola, Product Manager of UPM Label Paper, added, "The new technology enables us to produce even thinner high quality papers. The better efficiency of the paper production and material usage also improves the competitiveness of label papers. This strengthens the position of paper based label stock in competition with other materials and alternative product decoration techniques in the market."

PM 8 was built in 1996 and underwent major renovations in 2006.

The UPM Tervasaari Mill produces approximately 385,000 tonnes of specialty papers annually using three paper machines.

UPM in February of this year signed a preliminary contract with Sweden's Billerud whereby UPM has agreed to sell its packaging paper production to Billerud. The deal includes two packaging paper machines: PM 7 in Tervasaari that produces kraft papers (envelope, bag and technical papers), and PM 1 in Pietarsaari that produces kraft paper and sack kraft paper.

UPM expects to finalize the agreement during the second quarter of 2012.


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