UPM Raflatac achieves ISO 14001 certification for South Africa labelstock operation

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, 16 June 2010) – UPM Raflatac has received certification to the ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System for its Durban, South Africa labelstock manufacturing facility.

“Achieving ISO 14001 certification makes an important statement to our customers, end-users and also our suppliers about UPM Raflatac’s commitment and responsibility to the environment,” says Renee Thesen, Quality, OHS & Sustainability Manager, UPM Raflatac, South Africa.

The ISO 14001 accreditation includes the manufacture, slitting and sale of pressure sensitive paper and film labelstock. The factory will be reassessed annually to ensure that it is achieving its targets and continuously improving its environmental performance. ISO 14001 certification requires that an organization identifies and controls the environmental impact of its activities, products or services, continually improves its environmental performance, and implements a systematic approach to setting and measuring the achievement of its environmental objectives and targets. The certificate was awarded by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

For further information, please contact:
Ms Renee Thesen, Quality, OHS & Sustainability Manager, UPM Raflatac, South Africa, tel. +27 31 710 1759
Ms Kirsten Steyn, Business Development Manager, UPM Raflatac, South Africa, tel. +27 31 710 1764

About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials and the world’s number one producer of HF and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 13 factories on five continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,600 people and made sales of approximately EUR 0.95 billion (USD 1.3 billion) in 2009. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.