UPM improves efficiency and curtails its production in timber and further processing businesses

(UPM, Helsinki, 23 January 2012 at 13:30) – UPM has concluded its co-operation negotiations that began in December to curtail its sawn timber and further processing production in Finland.

As a result of the negotiations UPM has decided to carry out the planned rationalization measures at Aureskoski and Lappeenranta, in Finland, and at Pestovo in Russia. The number of employees will be reduced by three at Aureskoski further processing mill, 11 at Kaukas sawmill in Lappeenranta and 34 people at Pestovo mills.

The production curtailments of the first quarter of 2012 concern all Finnish sawmills and further processing mills apart from the Heinola further processing mill. The length of the temporary lay-off periods caused by production curtailments will vary by unit, but they will not last longer than 90 days.

For more information, please contact:
Mr Ilkka Ylipoti, Senior Vice President, UPM Timber, sawn timber business unit, tel. +358 (0)40 556 0808
Mr Arto Halonen, Senior Vice President, UPM Living, further processing business unit, tel. +358 (0)40 823 2877

Background information for the press

UPM Timber manufactures top-class sawn pine and spruce timber for the construction and joinery industries. UPM Timber annually produces around 2.3 million cubic metres of timber from wood acquired from certified forests. UPM's seven sawmills are located in Finland, Austria and Russia. In Finland, UPM operates five sawmills in Lappeenranta (Kaukas), Kajaani, Pietarsaari (Alholma), Korkeakoski and Pori (Seikku). UPM Timber is part of UPM’s Forest and Timber Business Area. www.upmtimber.com    

UPM Living manufactures sustainable, beautiful and recyclable wood-based products for consumers and industry. Manufactured from certified wood raw materials, the products can be used to create top-quality interior decoration solutions or build a high-quality garden or house. The seven UPM Living production facilities are located in Finland (Aureskoski, Heinola, Lappeenranta, Uusikaarlepyy, Pori), France (Aigrefeuille) and Russia (Pestovo). Annual production capacity is 420.000 m3 of wood products. UPM Living is part of UPM’s Forest and Timber Business Area. www.upmliving.com

UPM leads the way in integrating bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable.

The company’s business is divided into three business areas: Energy and Pulp, Paper and Engineered Materials. UPM employs around 24,500 people and has production facilities in sixteen countries. The company’s annual turnover amounts to more than EUR 10 billion.

UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.fi