UPM Tilhill in the UK wins a Queen's Award for Enterprise

Archive 21.4.2005 0:00 EEST

UPM's Tilhill Forestry Ltd, the market leader in forestry and timber harvesting in the UK, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2005. Between 2002 and 2004 Tilhill’s export turnover more than quadrupled by value.

“The Queen's Award is fantastic news for all our employees, clients, and business partners,” said Matthew Rivers, Managing Director of Tilhill. “In recent years we have risen to the challenge of a reduced home market by looking for new openings and opportunities for export.”

In 2002, UPM’s newsprint mill at Shotton, Deeside, made the transition to 100% recycled fibre for its paper manufacture. This signalled a reduction in the market for wood-chip and pulpwood in the UK. The challenge for Tilhill was to take responsibility for the ramifications to existing clients, suppliers, and the forestry sector in general. The solution needed to be sustainable and long-term, and to enable Tilhill to maintain and expand on existing trading partnerships.

From early 2002, and during the whole of 2003, Tilhill established a process to identify and activate various overseas outlets for UK timber. By September 2004, 20% of Tilhill’s traded timber, that’s 5% of all UK timber production, was being exported – much of it to major timber-producing nations such as Finland and Norway.

Corporate Communications
21 April, 2005

Notes to editors

Tilhill Forestry Ltd, a subsidiary of UPM, is the UK’s largest timber harvesting company, harvesting over 1.6 million cubic meters timber yearly, and is the market leader in UK forest management. In addition to the 3,000 ha of forests owned by UPM in the UK, it manages 160,000 ha of forests owned by external parties. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to the forest owner and forestry investor.

Tilhill operates from district offices throughout Scotland, England, and Wales, and has its head office in Stirling, Scotland.