Wood sourced from forests is transformed at our mills into pulp, paper, sawn timber and plywood. However, these are only the raw materials that go into a variety of products we use and handle every day. But that is not enough for us: We want to carefully utilise all by-products and waste generated in our production. Our goal is to be able to recycle and utilise 100% of all our wood by making more with less. As the Biofore Company, we look to the future and focus on innovations.
Wood is much more than just fibres. Our goal is to be able to utilise all components of wood. Bio-based chemical building blocks are chemicals and monomers that can replace oil-based products and that can be used, for example, in the production of bio-based polymer products. We develop lignin-based solutions for a wide range of applications, as well as cellulose micro- and nanofibril products that can be used for shaping materials and giving them new characteristics. For example, Growdex® is an unconventional wood-based cellulose nanofibril hydrogel for 3D cell culturing and other biomedical applications.
Our biocomposite products combine the best properties of natural fibres and polymers. Their principle ingredients are cellulose fibres and polymers, which are either virgin or recycled. The main raw materials of UPM ProFi products, which are suitable for use, for example, as deck boards, are the surplus paper and plastic from the manufacture of UPM's self-adhesive label materials. UPM Formi is manufactured from pure polymers and certified pulp.
Since 2015, UPM's Lappeenranta biorefinery has produced UPM BioVerno diesel fuel from crude tall oil, a residue of UPM's pulp production. This biofuel is based on our own innovations, and is suitable for all diesel engines.
UPM Energy is a significant producer of cost-effective and low-emission energy and an active operator in the Nordic electricity market. In addition, the combined heat and power (CHP) plants located at our paper, pulp and plywood mills and sawmills generate enough electricity for these production units' own needs. To fuel these CHP plants, we utilise the waste generated at the plant in the wood handling, such as bark, woodchips and sawdust unsuitable for refining and forest energy wood collected from forests in connection with harvesting. In addition to catering to the energy needs of the mills, the power plants located in several of our mill locations produce heat energy for the local district heating networks.
We are world's leading producer of label papers and the leading producer of office papers in the Asian . We also produce flexible packaging materials for the European market.
Our paper product range includes magazine papers and newsprint, as well as fine papers and office papers. As raw material for magazine papers and newsprint, we use recycled paper extensively. Wood fibres can be reused five to seven times.
Pulp is a versatile raw material, which our customers around the world use to produce, for example, packaging, various tissue papers and printing, writing and speciality papers. Pulp and residues from pulp production are valuable raw materials in our own product development, too.
Our sawmills produce sawn pine and spruce timber from certified wood for our customers in the construction, furniture, joinery and packaging industries around the world.
Labels are so common that we hardly register their existence, not to mention thinking that many labels are produced from wood. Even in film labels, the liner is typically made from paper. We can also utilise residues from label production and their further processing, for example, in our UPM ProFin products.
Finnish plywood has a good reputation, and we are one of the world's leading plywood producers. The main applications of our WISA® plywood and veneer products are in the construction, transport equipment and furniture industries.