The US Department of Justice Antitrust Division agrees not to bring criminal charges against UPM

(UPM, Helsinki, February 20, 2006) - The US Department of Justice Antitrust Division has informed UPM that it will not bring criminal charges against the company with respect to the criminal investigation of anti-trust and related offences in the US labelstock industry.

In addition, the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division has granted UPM a conditional full immunity and will not bring any criminal prosecution against UPM in connection with possible price fixing activity in the magazine paper industry.

Both agreements are subject to UPM's full and continuing cooperation with the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division's investigations and protect the company and UPM's current and former employees except the company's former President and CEO, Mr Juha Niemelä.

In August 2003, UPM received a grand jury subpoena in connection with the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division's investigation into the US labelstock industry. On 15 January, 2004 UPM decided to approach the competition authorities in the European Union, the United States and Canada, and subsequently in other countries. The EU authorities and the authorities in several of its member states, Canada and certain other countries have informed UPM earlier that it has received conditional full immunity with respect to certain conduct disclosed to the authorities.

For further information, please contact:
Mr. Juha Mäkelä, General Counsel, UPM, tel. +358 2041 50407