UPM's Kymi mill to start a comprehensive renewal work

(UPM, Helsinki, August 17, 2007) – UPM will start a comprehensive renewal work at the end of August at Kymi paper mill. This will include the upgrading of paper machine 9, maintenance and connecting work related to the ongoing recovery plant project. Therefore, the mill will be closed down from 20 to 24 August. The process to shut down the operations started in August 16 and the mill will be in full operation after August 28.

The modernisation of the PM 9 will improve the runnability, increase the efficiency and facilitate maintenance of the machine. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 10 millions.

In the recovery plant project, the mill's raw water pipe lines, pumps and other interfaces will be connected and taken into use during the shutdown.

The construction of the new recovery plant is the biggest ongoing investment project not only for Kymi and UPM but also for the whole Finnish forest industry. This involves the replacement of two outdated chemical recovery lines by one modern line. The new single-line recovery plant will go on stream by summer 2008.

Due to maintenance and start-up there might be some bad smell in the surroundings of the mill. In addition, other production units of the paper mill are under service, maintenance and investments work. During the shut down there will be some 1300 external employees working at the mill.

For further information, please, contact
Mr Yngve Lindström, General Manager, UPM, tel. +358 40 503 4154
Mr Matti Haukijärvi, Project Director, UPM, tel. +358 40 543 2901