UPM to partner with World Design Capital Helsinki 2012

Helsinki, 2011-05-06 07:30 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- (UPM, Helsinki, 6 May 2011 at 8:30 EET) — UPM will partner with the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 as one of its main corporate sponsors. UPM’s business areas manufacture various materials which will be presented in innovative ways during the design capital year.

"Cooperating with WDC Helsinki 2012 is an opportunity to promote UPM’s sustainable and innovative products as well as our strong materials expertise. It is also a great chance to increase cooperation with architects and designers. This is how we put our Biofore thinking into action," says UPM’s Vice President for Brand Management Elisa Nilsson.

"UPM is a frontrunner in its industry with a focus on sustainability and innovative solutions. We think that we can achieve good results through our partnership and also hope to inspire other parties", says Pekka Timonen, Director of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

Helsinki has been selected as the co-host of the World Design Capital in 2012 with neighbouring cities Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti. The World Design Capital is selected by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in cooperation with the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) and the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI).

The World Design Capital is selected every other year. To earn the honour, a city must utilise design to promote cultural, social, and economic development in an exemplary manner. The World Design Capital sets a global standard and serves as a meeting place for the world’s design community.

For further information, please contact:
Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand Management, UPM, tel. +358 40 500 3150

UPM, Corporate Communications
Media Desk, tel. +358 40 588 3284
media@upm.com

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 22,000 people and it has production plants in 15 countries. In 2010, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 8.9 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange.  UPM — The Biofore Company — www.upm.com

More about World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 at www.wdc2012helsinki.fi/en