UPM Raflatac introduces new Forest Positive concept and RAFNXT+ range of sustainable labeling

(UPM Raflatac, Helsinki, 8 November 2017 at 10:00 EET) - UPM Raflatac is introducing to the European market a unique lifecycle approach called Forest Positive along with RAFNXT+, a next-generation solution for sustainable packaging.

Forest Positive brings significant benefits for nature because it not only ensures net zero deforestation, but is also proven to promote biodiversity, improve water quality, and enhance the ability of forests to absorb carbon dioxide. The innovative RAFNXT+ range has a carbon potential that is up to 20% more carbon positive than standard paper labels.

The RAFNXT+ range optimizes the use of raw materials, using less energy and water, and generating less waste during its lifecycle compared to standard labels. It provides a competitive edge for printers and brand owners alike in terms of both sustainability and efficiency, with fewer reel changes delivering savings in downtime and start-up waste, lower packaging and transportation costs, and increased storage capacity for both raw materials and finished stock.

The new range includes labeling solutions for a wide variety of applications, including retail labeling, labeling of packaged food, and labels for transport and logistics applications.

"With RAFNXT+, customers can differentiate themselves with our Forest Positive concept and by using labels that are proven to be 20% more carbon positive than standard paper materials. Furthermore, they can also enhance their productivity thanks to the optimized raw material efficiencies that RAFNXT+ delivers," explains Jon Lenck, Director, VIP & Prime segment, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac.

"Forest Positive is a unique approach to the forest lifecycle that goes far beyond deforestation to actively enhance natural capitals," says Robert Taylor, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac. "It's carbon positive, which means the forests that we choose to source our raw materials from can absorb up to double the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the RAFNXT+ production process," he continues.

For further information please contact:
Jon Lenck, Director, VIP & Prime segment, EMEIA, UPM Raflatac, tel. +48 71 776 5000
Robert Taylor, Sustainability Director, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 20 4162 164

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UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac is one of the world's leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labeling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. We employ around 3,000 people and made sales of EUR 1.4 billion (USD 1.5 billion) in 2016. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM - The Biofore Company. Find out more at www.upmraflatac.com.

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Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

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