UPM Rafsec goes live with new manufacturing technology for high volume production of UHF RFID tags

UPM Rafsec, a leading RFID tag manufacturer and member of UPM Group, announces that its newly developed manufacturing technology for the mass production of state-of-the-art RFID tags is now in use in the company’s facilities. After the successful completion of piloting, UPM Rafsec deploys this proprietary and patent pending process - specifically designed for volume production of EPC compliant UHF tags - at its new North American manufacturing site in Fletcher, North Carolina.

Responding to the increasing demand for EPC RFID tags, especially in North America, UPM Rafsec is continuously investing to increase its ability to offer high-quality UHF tags in large volumes. Crystallizing the know-how and hands on experience gained in eight years of R&D and production of RFID tags and inlays, the company has developed an outstandingly reliable process that has proven to guarantee unparalleled yields with both Class 1 generations (Gen1 and Gen2) of EPC tags.

“By continuously improving the quality of our tags and our delivery capabilities, we are ready to ramp-up with our partners as the RFID market continues to grow," comments Samuli Strömberg, VP Marketing of UPM Rafsec.

“The technological advantage provided by our new manufacturing process will reinforce UPM Rafsec’s leadership in the global RFID market,” comments Christer Härkönen, Senior Vice President, UPM Rafsec. “The new manufacturing technology is cost efficient, scalable and enables us to increase our capacity rapidly according to the demand."

For more information, please contact:
Mr Christer Härkönen, Senior Vice President, UPM Rafsec, Tampere, Finland,
tel. +358 (0) 204 168 300

UPM Rafsec
Communications
July 29, 2005

About UPM Rafsec
UPM Rafsec (www.rafsec.com) is a world leading RFID tag manufacturer and pioneer of the EPC standard, specialized in cost efficient high-volume production. Headquartered in Finland, the company has the broadest and most comprehensive in-house know-how and capabilities for RFID tag design and manufacturing. Together with Raflatac, UPM Rafsec forms the Labelstock Business of UPM, one of the leading global forest products companies with annual sales of EUR 10 billion and stocks listed on the Helsinki and New York stock exhanges. Raflatac is a global supplier of paper-based and filmic pressure sensitive labelstock.