UPM Raflatac achieves ISO 14001 certification for labelstock manufacturing in Australia

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, 14 December 2010) – UPM Raflatac has received ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems certification for its labelstock manufacturing facility in Melbourne, Australia.

The certification represents a significant step toward achieving one of the company’s major goals for its facilities worldwide: developing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) which operate in accordance with an internationally recognized standard. This means that the Victoria site joins the ranks of other UPM Raflatac facilities in the United States, South Africa, Europe and China in setting the label industry’s standard for excellence in environmental performance.

“UPM Raflatac has long been a leader in environmental sustainability, making critical investments to reduce the production of waste, ensure the responsible use of raw materials and promote recycling within the organization,” says Nicholas Rodgers, responsible for the ISO certifications at UPM Raflatac Oceania.

From the company’s early work in pioneering the use of solvent-free adhesives and silicones, to the new RafCycle program for the reduction of waste going to landfill, UPM Raflatac has moved beyond incremental improvements in the company’s processes and practices and embedded environmental sustainability into its business.

The ISO 14001 certification covers the manufacture and slitting of self-adhesive paper and film labelstock. The factory will be reassessed annually to ensure that it is achieving its targets and continually improving its environmental performance. ISO 14001 certification requires that an organization identifies and controls the environmental aspects and impacts 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 is awarded by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Mr Nicholas Rodgers, R&D, UPM Raflatac Australia, tel. +61 (3) 8586 1787

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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.