UPM and BLI lab agree on cutsize paper testing

(UPM, Helsinki, March 13, 2008 at 10:00) – Buyers Laboratory (BLI) and UPM have agreed to evaluate the runnability performance of UPM cutsize papers in the BLI test lab in Wokingham, UK.

First test reports will be available as of April 2008, identifying the paper’s runnability performance on each imaging device that has been tested by BLI. On test are the latest printers and copiers available on the market, ranging from 100-pounds personal printers to 250,000-pounds production machines. UPM’s papers will be tested for runnability, printability, and packaging issues. BLI is an independent office-equipment test lab and has been operating in the US since 1961 and in the UK since 2005.

"Having our papers tested by an independent lab, will be of high value for our distribution partners and end-consumers", points out Päivi Forsberg, Development Manager Office Papers at UPM. "It is especially vital for high-end volume users to know how paper performs on their machine. Any paper jam costs them time and money. Moreover, it will help UPM to evaluate how its paper performs on recently launched printing and copying machines."

As a consequence of the testing agreement, UPM will be BLI’s lead supplier for multifunctional grades for the coming months. “Paper has an impact on the performance of a printer or copier. Results are truly comparable if you use the same paper in all tests across all machines,”, says David Sweetnam, European Lab and Research Manager at BLI, emphasising BLI’s quality approach through standardisation.

For further information please contact:
Päivi Forsberg, Development Manager Office Paper, UPM, Fine Papers
Phone: +358 204 15 3576, paivi.forsberg@upm-kymmene.com or

David Sweetnam, European Lab and Research Manager, BLI
Phone: +44(0) 118 977 2000, david.sweetnam@buyerslab.com or

Dean Armstrong, European Sales Manager, BLI
Phone: +44(0) 118 977 2000, dean.armstrong@buyerslab.com or

Doris Lübbers, Marketing Communications Manager, UPM, Fine Papers,
Phone: +49 4963 401-1845, doris.lubbers@upm-kymmene.com


Notes for editors:

For more than 45 years, Buyers Laboratory has been the leading independent office-equipment testing lab and business consumer advocate. In addition to publishing the industry's most comprehensive and accurate test reports on office document imaging devices, each representing months of exhaustive hands-on testing in BLI's US (Hackensack, NJ) and UK (Wokingham, Berkshire) laboratories, the company has been the leading source for extensive databases of specifications and pricing on copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products. The company's databases cover more than 10,000 products and have a long-standing reputation for being the industry's most trustworthy and complete source for global competitive intelligence. www.buyerslab.com

UPM is one of the world’s leading forest products groups. The Group's sales in 2007 were EUR 10 billion, and it has about 26,000 employees. UPM's main products include printing papers, label materials and wood products. The company has production units in 14 countries and its main market areas are Europe and North America. UPM's shares are listed on stock exchange in Helsinki, and the company has an ADR programme on the OTC market in the United States. www.upm-kymmene.com