Maintenance shutdown ongoing at Fray Bentos pulp mill - mill to be restarted on 10 November

(UPM, Fray Bentos, 18 October 2010 at 06:00) – An extensive maintenance shutdown is in progress at UPM's Fray Bentos pulp mill. The preparations for the shutdown started already on 13 October 2010. The mill is to be restarted as previously estimated on 10 November 2010. The shutdown was scheduled in mutual understanding with the Uruguayan environmental authority DINAMA.

In addition to normal annual maintenance works the super heaters in the recovery boiler will be replaced. During the maintenance period, 800-1,000 additional workers will be working onsite. This is the most extensive maintenance since the start of the mill on 10 November 2007.

For further information please contact
Mr Matías Martínez, Communication Manager, UPM Uruguay, +598 456 20100

UPM's Fray Bentos Pulp Mill is located on the bank of the River Uruguay 4 kilometres east of the city of Fray Bentos, in Uruguay. The mill's annual production capacity is about 1.1 million tonnes of bleached eucalyptus pulp, which is suitable for manufacturing fine and magazine papers, carton and tissue paper. The mill started its operation in November 2007 and is among the most modern ones in the world. Designed with the latest technologies available, the mill operates in compliance with the strictest standards set by the European Union and Uruguayan legislation.

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com and www.upmbiofore.com