UPM sells closed Albbruck paper mill to Karl Unternehmensgruppe, Germany

(UPM, Helsinki, 25 May 2012) – UPM and Karl Unternehmensgruppe, Innernzell, Germany have reached an agreement on the sale of the Papierfabrik Albbruck GmbH. The closing of the deal is planned to be effective by the beginning of August 2012. The contract parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the transaction.

UPM closed the unprofitable Albbruck paper mill in Baden-Württemberg, Germany in January 2012 and permanently ceased graphic paper production at the site. Since then UPM has actively participated in round table discussions about the possible future use of the mill premises.

“The aim of the forum was to find development ideas and business opportunities for the site. This is now possible by selling the mill to the Karl Unternehmensgruppe“, explains Hartmut Wurster, Executive Vice President, UPM. “We are glad to have found a solid partner in Karl Unternehmensgruppe, which already has experience in the field of re-allocation of industrial companies. This provides new opportunities to the economy of the whole region,” says Wurster.

For further information please contact:
Hartmut Wurster , Executive Vice President, UPM, tel. +49 821 3109 264


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