UPM Raflatac inaugurates its state-of-the-art labelstock factory in Poland

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, 14 May 2009 at 09:00 EET) – UPM Raflatac is celebrating the opening of a new labelstock factory in Kobierzyce, close to Wroclaw in south-western Poland. The new world-class manufacturing facility serves the European labelling industry with a wide range of high-quality film and paper labelstock featuring water-based acrylic and hotmelt adhesives.

"This new production and logistics centre has an excellent location in the heart of Europe. It supports UPM Raflatac’s strategy and assists the future growth of labelstock customers in Europe. UPM Raflatac aims to be the leading supplier of label materials in Europe, where Eastern Europe is a key growth area," says Jussi Vanhanen, President of UPM Raflatac.

The construction work of the Polish factory started in the autumn of 2007 and production started as planned at the end of 2008. The EUR 90 million facility is the final part of UPM’s strategic development programme for the global expansion of its self-adhesive label materials business. In addition to Poland, greenfield production facilities have been built in North America and Asia.

“With this platform we are very excited to offer improved service reliability and quality to our customers, and the new factory also enables the introduction of new benefits such as the improved line of hotmelt products. The start-up of the operations has proceeded extremely well, and our customers can already take advantage of these benefits,” says Jon Lenck, General Manager for UPM Raflatac in Poland.

The new factory features the industry’s latest technology to ensure the best quality and reliability of the products. The entire production process is highly automated and very energy efficient. It emphasizes waste reduction in all areas, and advanced technology, such as a new wastewater treatment process, reduces the environmental impact. All self-adhesive labelstock from UPM Raflatac is manufactured with solvent-free adhesives and silicones.

For further information please contact:
Mr Jussi Vanhanen, President, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 40 567 2458
Mr Jon Lenck, General Manager, UPM Raflatac Poland, tel. +48 602 609 375

Image 1. The new factory features the most innovative solutions in the industry with a special emphasis on quality.
Image 2. The entire production process and material flow are highly automated.
More pictures on request from UPM Raflatac Communications: communications@upmraflatac.com

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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 14 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 1 billion in 2008. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.

About UPM
UPM is one of the world’s leading forest industry groups. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and Pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. Our competitiveness is based on cost leadership, change readiness and leading innovation. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production facilities in 14 countries. In 2008, UPM made sales of EUR 9,5 billion. UPM’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki stock exchange.