UPM Raflatac achieves ISO 14001:2004 certification for its state-of-the-art Dixon, Illinois, labelstock manufacturing facility

(UPM Raflatac, Mills River, NC, February 12, 2010) – UPM Raflatac is pleased to announce that the company has received ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certification for its state-of-the-art labelstock factory in Dixon, Illinois. This certification represents a significant step toward achieving one of the company's major goals for its labelstock and RFID facilities worldwide: developing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that operate in accordance with an internationally recognized standard. With a fully developed EMS, the Illinois factory joins the ranks of other UPM Raflatac facilities in the United States, Europe and China in setting the standard for excellence in environmental performance within the label industry.

UPM Raflatac has long been an environmental sustainability leader, making critical investments to reduce production waste, ensure the responsible use of raw materials and promote recycling. From the company’s early work to pioneer the use of solvent-free adhesives and silicones; to the receipt of multi-site chain-of-custody certification from prominent forest certification organizations; to the rollout of its environmentally preferable RafEco™ product portfolio, UPM Raflatac has moved beyond incremental improvements in the company's processes and practices and has embedded environmental sustainability in its business.

“Environmental sustainability is one of UPM Raflatac’s core values,” says Laura Cummings, Sustainability & Environmental Manager. “Our customers know that we are fully engaged in environmental sustainability efforts and that they can depend on us as a working partner and collaborator in protecting our environment, sharing our knowledge and experience and meeting the needs of end-users and consumers.”

For further information, please contact:
Ms Laura Cummings, Sustainability & Environmental Manager, Americas, UPM Raflatac
Tel. +1 828 335 3852
Ms Patricia Lähepelto, Marketing Communications Manager, Americas, UPM Raflatac
Tel. +1 828 279 6340

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 USD 1.3 billion (EUR 0.95 billion) in 2009. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.