UPM Rafsec starts operations at its high volume RFID tag production facility in the US ahead of schedule

UPM Rafsec, a leading RFID tag and inlay manufacturer announces today that its new state-of-the-art RFID tag production facility in Fletcher, North Carolina (USA) has begun operations ahead of schedule and is now supplying RFID tags to the company’s customers in North America. Ramp up of production was originally planned for the latter part of Q4 2005.

The tags coming out of the Fletcher facility are manufactured with UPM Rafsec’s innovative technology for volume production of EPC (electronic product code) compliant UHF tags. The unparalleled yields of this new, high volume production technique provide UPM Rafsec with a competitive advantage among suppliers of low-cost RFID tags. The patent pending process is cost efficient, scalable and enables UPM Rafsec to rapidly increase its capacity according to market demand.

Christer Härkönen, Senior Vice President, UPM Rafsec comments, “We are very pleased that the Fletcher site has opened ahead of schedule - ramp up of production proceeded truly without a hitch. The strong and rapid development of our US operations, together with the launch of our Gen 2 product portfolio, has incredibly enhanced our capability to serve our US customers. This advantage in the North American market will further strengthen our leadership worldwide.”

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

UPM Rafsec
Communications
September 22, 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.