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UPM Says No Buyer Yet for Chapelle Newsprint Mill in France, Closure Imminent

UPM Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France The Chapelle mill, which was founded in 1927, currently employs 236 people with an annual production capacity of 240.000 tonnes of newsprint paper.

Jan. 28, 2020 - Earlier, in September 2019, UPM announced the intention to sell its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France. It was communicated at the same time, that a process for the potential closure of the mill would be opened in case no credible offer would be received until mid-January 2020.

In a written statement, UPM said, "We have started the sales process in September and have been in continuous and substantial discussions with interested parties. While these discussions are still ongoing, we have not received binding offers by potential buyers of the mill to date.

"Consequently, we informed employee representatives today of our intention to start the employee consultation processes for the potential closure of the site. These consultations are estimated to be concluded by end of Q2 2020 and will be conducted according to French legislation.

"We will continue the sales process throughout the consultation process. We remain committed to selling the mill if we receive a suitable offer."

The sale or closure of the Chapelle mill is part of UPM's capacity utilization plans in Europe announced in September 2019.

About UPM Chapelle

UPM Chapelle manufactures newsprint papers with an annual capacity of 240,000 tonnes. Situated in Grand Couronne, France, the mill currently employs 236 people, operating one paper machine.

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