UPM Rafsec doubles the production capacity of its Finnish Jyväskylä factory

UPM Rafsec, a member of UPM Group, announces that it is doubling the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag and label production capacity of its plant in Jyväskylä, Finland. The value of the investment is approximately EUR 1.5 million and it will be concluded in August 2004.

The capacity increase will further strengthen UPM Rafsec's position as the leading company in its field. In addition, the company addresses the rapidly growing demand for both its RFID products and improves its capability to serve the emerging market for electronic product code tags.

UPM Rafsec´s Jyväskylä factory is the only one with a fully integrated RFID tag production process, including antenna manufacturing, chip attachment and different lamination technologies. In line with UPM Rafsec´s emphasis on reliability, the production line is equipped with an integrated quality control system for real-time inspection throughout the manufacturing process.

"We are proud of the pioneering role of our Jyväskylä factory in the field of high-volume and low-cost RFID tag manufacturing. After the investment UPM Rafsec's production capacity will be largest in the world. It will also strengthen our leading role in the electronic product code market, where clients are looking for business continuity as well as cost effectiveness and innovation," says Timo Lindström, President of UPM Rafsec.

UPM Rafsec specializes in the production and development of card, ticket and label transponders based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. UPM Rafsec's headquarter and R&D are located in Tampere, Finland, and the production plant in Jyväskylä. In addition, the company has sales offices in USA, Netherlands, France, Japan and Singapore. For more information: www.rafsec.com


For more information, please contact:
Timo Lindström, President, UPM Rafsec, tel. +358 204 168 133


UPM Rafsec
Communications
March 25, 2004