UPM to establish a new Research Center in China

UPM will expand its Research and Development function by establishing a new Asia Research Center in China. The center focuses on the research of fibers growing in the region and supporting local customer services and production. The Center will be adjacent to UPM Changshu paper mill and it will be opened at the beginning of 2007.

"The new R&D Center in China will enhance our competitiveness in local product applications and in the use of locally available fibre resources. We also want to increase our cooperation with local research institutes and universities in this field", says Mr Pauli Hänninen, Executive Vice President in Business Development.

"The UPM Asia R&D Center is another significant commitment by UPM to create more value-added operations in China based on the local scientific potential", emphasizes Mr Hänninen.

UPM has research units in Lappeenranta, Finland, Augsburg, Germany and Grand Rapid, Minnesota USA. UPM Wood Product Division has a R&D Center in Lahti, Finland.

For further information, please contact:

Mr Pauli Hänninen, Executive Vice President, Business Development, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 0543

Mr Pekka Hurskainen, Vice President, R&D, UPM, tel. +358 204 15 4261

UPM
Corporate Communications
January, 23, 2006