(UPM, Augsburg, 30 June 2015 at 14:30 EET) – As
part of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 UPM showcases the Biofore Concept Car – a truly
sustainable innovation. The Biofore Concept Car is on display from 30 June until
2 July 2015 at Messe Frankfurt.
“Forests are no longer just a source of timber,
paper and pulp. When we look at the forest we see so much more. We see new
biomaterials, biofuels and an endless source for truly sustainable innovations,”
says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper
Introducing an ecological dimension
into car manufacturing
The Biofore Concept Car demonstrates the use of
UPM’s innovative bio-based materials in the automotive industry. The majority of
components in the Biofore Concept Car that are traditionally made of plastic are
replaced by renewable UPM Formi biocomposite and thermoformable
UPM Grada wood material. This leads to a significant improvement of the overall
environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car was
designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of
If a component is manufactured from
biocomposite instead of plastic, the carbon footprint can decrease by 60%.
Thanks to the lightweight and durable materials, the car weighs 150 kg less than
vehicles of a comparable size, which also means reduced fuel consumption.
The car is fuelled by wood-based renewable
UPM BioVerno diesel, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas
emissions compared to fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno is suitable for all diesel
engines, including the 1.2 litre low-emission diesel engine featured in the
Biofore Concept Car.
Continuous development – also in paper
“ZELLCHEMING-Expo is an ideal platform to
showcase UPM’s Biofore innovations – be it the Biofore Concept Car, modern
biocomposites, biodiesel, biochemicals or just our innovative and sustainable
paper portfolio,” explains Bernd Eikens.
By introducing UPM Valor,
UPM Impresse and UPM ReCat to the market, UPM
created new, high quality printing papers specialised on the needs of magazine
publishers and advertisers. All performance papers reduce mailing and delivery
costs while being more sustainable which increases the competitiveness of our
customers.The papers are ideal for publications and print products that
demand premium quality. Thanks to the efficient use of raw materials these
innovative papers have lower impact on the environment making UPM one of the
leading manufacturers regarding sustainability.
The extensive paper selection of UPM includes
publication and office papers as well as speciality papers for all kinds of end
uses. UPM is committed to paper and believes in the coexistence of digital and
print media. Paper is a true Biofore product, manufactured from renewable and
recyclable materials in sustainably managed mills.
***Check out the Biofore Concept Car video:
Pictures are available from this link: http://pet.upm.com/?cart=7495-diealiejhl&l=EN
(the Biofore Concept Car premiered at the Geneva International Motor
Link to Biofore Concept Car website: http://www.upm.com/upmcc-en/Pages/default.aspx
For more information, please
contact:Elisa Nilsson, Vice President, Brand & Communications,
UPM, tel. +358 40 500 3150Klaus
Kohler, Communications Manager, UPM Paper ENA, tel. +49 821
UPM, Media Relations Tel.
+358 (0)40 588 3284Mon–Fri
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UPM leads the reformation of
the bio and forest industries. We are building a sustainable future in six
business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM
Paper Europe and North America and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of
renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve a global base of customers.
We employ approximately 20,000 people and our annual sales are approximately EUR
10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM – The Biofore
Company – www.upm.com