Fray Bentos pulp mill


The UPM Fray Bentos mill began operating in Fray Bentos, Uruguay, in November 2007. It is located on the banks of the River Uruguay, four kilometres east of the city of Fray Bentos. It produces bleached hardwood eucalyptus pulp suitable for manufacturing fine paper, magazine paper, tissue paper and carton boards.

The pulp is taken from the mill by barge to the deep-sea port of Nueva Palmira to be loaded onto transatlantic vessels bound for Europe and Asia.

Forestal Oriental, a subsidiary of UPM, supplies the wood raw material to the mill. Around 70% of the raw material comes from its own plantations.

The mill utilises the best available technology. Uruguay's National Environment Directorate (DINAMA), the mill itself  and the mill’s Environmental Monitoring Committee carry out environmental monitoring of the mill. Results of the water quality, air quality and effluent monitoring are published on our web pages. You can find the most recent reports on our environment page.

The operations employ several thousand people directly and indirectly.

Production capacity

• 1,300,000 tonnes of plantation-based hard wood eucalyptus pulp a year
• Start-up in 2007


• Quality Management System ISO 9001
• Environmental Management System ISO 14001
• Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSAS 18001
• Chain-of-Custody Standard FSC