UPM Rafsec establishes RFID sales and technical support center in Chicago

UPM Rafsec, a leading RFID tag manufacturer and member of UPM Group, announces today the opening of its new RFID sales and customer technical support center in the United States. Located in Chicago, the technical support center will serve the North American market, including Canada and Mexico.

UPM Rafsec, headquartered in Tampere, Finland, has the most inclusive wherewithal for RFID tag design and manufacturing. The American market is a strategic area of growth for UPM Rafsec's business; following the mandates issued by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and leading players in the retail area like Wal-Mart regarding mass adoption of RFID technology by their suppliers, the demand for state-of-the-art, EPC compliant tags and RFID technology-related know-how is growing dramatically.

“After accumulating extensive and valuable experience in the most leading-edge areas of RFID technology development and implementation, UPM Rafsec is truly committed to its role as a pioneer in fostering the broad adoption of advanced auto ID concepts,” comments Timo Lindström, President of UPM Rafsec. “With our new technical support center in the U.S., we are responding to the market's demand for highly qualified assistance and know-how, something we want to further address in the future.”

UPM Rafsec's customers will be served by Mr George McPhee, Sales Manager, and Mr Petteri Strömberg, Product Manager. UPM Rafsec's North American sales and customer technical support center address and contact information is:

UPM Rafsec USA
999 Oakmont Plaza Drive, Suite 200
Westmont, IL 60559-5563
USA
Tel: +1 630.605.2949 / +1 630.850.4101
Fax: +1 630.850.3322


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About UPM Rafsec
UPM Rafsec is a world leading RFID tag manufacturer and pioneer of the ePC standard, specialized in low-cost and high-volume production. Headquartered in Tampere (Finland), in the heart of the most famous center of excellence for wireless technology worldwide, the company combines leading edge know-how in the fields of wireless and paper technology. With its multi-disciplinary expertise in the fields of RF technology, materials and production processes, the company has the broadest and most comprehensive in-house know-how and capabilities for RFID tag design and manufacturing.
UPM Rafsec is a part of UPM, a EUR 10 billion company listed on the New York and Helsinki stock exchanges and one of the world’s largest paper producersmanufacturers, employing 34,000 people worldwide.

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


UPM Rafsec
Communications
December 7, 2004