Voith Paper to start production of cotton rolls at UPM Jokilaakso mills in Finland

(UPM, Jämsä 2 July 2010) – The German Voith Paper will start manufacturing cotton rolls used in graphic paper production at UPM's Jokilaakso mills in Jämsä, Finland.

The new unit will manufacture cotton rolls in the old thermomechanical pulp plant of the Kaipola production unit starting from October 2010. Installation of the production equipment will begin in July. The new production unit will start operations with four employees.

According to the contract, UPM will source cotton rolls from Voith for its Finnish graphic paper mills. The Jokilaakso mills, Jämsänkoski and Kaipola, will use a significant part of the cotton rolls produced at the site. UPM considers the new usage of the empty premises at the mill to be an example of innovative cooperation.

Cotton and hard rolls are used in paper calendering to improve the printing features of paper. In the calendaring process, paper web is pressed and polished between different rolls.

For more information, please contact:

Voith Paper Oy:
Mr Jouko Jokinen, Managing Director, Voith Paper Finland, tel. +358 50 520 8427
Mr Kari Kanerva, Operations Manager, Voith Paper Kaipola roll unit, tel. +358 40 161 9458

UPM:
Mr Hannu Miettinen, Technical Director, UPM Jokilaakso mills, tel. +358 2041 66400

Voith Paper supplies the pulp and paper industry with innovative and environmentally efficient products and services. It's part of the Voith Group, founded in 1867 and one of the largest family-owned enterprises in Europe. Voith employs around 39,000 people worldwide. In 2009, Voith's sales amounted to EUR 5.1 billion. www.voith.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 23,000 people and it has production plants in 15 countries. In 2009, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 7.7 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upmbiofore.com and www.upm.com