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UPM Investing EUR 98 Million in Its Kymi Pulp Mill

Kymi pulp mill, Finland Kymi mill's annual pulp production capacity is expected to increase from the current 700,000 tonnes to 870,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp by the end of 2017.

July 4, 2016 - UPM said that it is investing EUR 98 million in Kymi pulp mill in Finland to increase the mill's capacity and further improve its cost-competitiveness and environmental performance.

“Over the past three years we have significantly improved the production efficiency of our pulp mills. This EUR 98 million investment in Kymi will strengthen our position on the pulp market with competitive costs and low risk. After the completion of this project, we will have increased our annual pulp production capacity altogether by over 500,000 tonnes since 2013," said Heikki Vappula, Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining.

Kymi's annual pulp production capacity is expected to increase from the current 700,000 tonnes to 870,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp by the end of 2017.

The investment at Kymi mill will begin immediately, comprising upgrades in wood handling, the birch fibre line, recovery plant and effluent treatment. New machinery will be connected to the process during the next pulp mill shut-down planned for the autumn of 2017.

UPM's Kymi pulp mill currently has the capacity to produce 700,000 tonnes per year of hardwood and softwood pulp. Besides pulp, the Kymi mill produces biomass based electricity, biochemicals, soap and crude tall oil as a production residue. The mill also generates more energy than it uses. The surplus electricity is sold to the national grid.

Kaukas Mill Update

In UPM's Kaukas mill in Lappeenranta, Finland, assembly work on the currently ongoing EUR 50 million investment in pulp drying and baling will take place during a planned shutdown in the autumn, followed by start-up scheduled for the end of 2016.

UPM's structure consists of the following business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood. To learn more, please visit: www.upm.com

SOURCE: UPM