(UPM, Helsinki, 26 November 2008 at 10:00) - UPM, in partnership with Metso and the University of Oulu, is launching a technology programme in Kajaani, Finland, to develop measuring and control solutions for the renewing chemical wood processing industry. The programme will focus particularly on developing applications for process waters, energy production and bio refineries.
The programme planning phase will begin immediately and the goal is to launch the three-year technology programme at the beginning of 2009. The scope of the programme is about 70 man-years and the cost estimate about six million euros. The programme is expected to employ 5-10 people from the UPM Kajaani mill.
The technology programme will utilise the UPM Kajaani mill’s employees’ competence in research and development as well as their knowledge of forest industry processes. A central goal of the programme is to support new business development and to maintain the know-how that has emerged in Kajaani over the years. Metso Corporation has had a unit in the area for decades developing and marketing process measuring equipment. The programme will also tap into the University of Oulu’s know-how in measuring technology, and process and environmental technology. The units have an extensive network of research centers and university units that focus on measuring and control technology; this know-how will also be available in the technology programme when needed.
Further information for the press, please contact:Pekka Hurskainen, Vice President, R&D, UPM R&D Center, tel. +358 400 645 969Martti Artama, Vice President, Kajaani Product Line, Metso Automation, tel. +358 40 738 8295Jouni Tornberg, D.Sc. (Tech.), University of Oulu, tel. +358 40 555 0756, Kauko Leiviskä, Dean, University of Oulu, tel. +358 40 554 7572