UPM Rafsec knocking down UHF RFID adoption barriers with sub-10 cent inlays

Archive 29.9.2005 0:00 EEST

UPM Rafsec, a leading RFID tag and inlay manufacturer announces today the immediate availability of UHF Gen 1 and Gen 2 inlays at sub-10 U.S. cent pricing and minimum delivery of 50,000 pieces. The OneTennaTM short dipole inlays are globally available for delivery at an industry-leading yield averaging 98 percent.

This UPM Rafsec offer includes dry and wet delivery formats of the OneTennaTM short dipole which are compatible with existing converting technology for the insertion of inlays into smart labels and other substrates. UPM Rafsec UHF products have already been tested, approved and used by a large number of leading RFID adopters.

The inlays are manufactured at UPM Rafsec's production facility in Fletcher, North Carolina (USA), with innovative technology for the volume production of EPC (Electronic Product Code) -compliant UHF tags and inlays. The unparalleled yields of this new, high volume production technology give UPM Rafsec competitive advantages and provide customers significantly lower applied tag costs. The patent pending process is cost-efficient, scalable and enables UPM Rafsec to rapidly increase its capacity according to market demand.

Christer Härkönen, Senior Vice President, UPM Rafsec comments, “The market has been waiting for some time to receive a high-quality, high yield, low-cost product. Quite often this has been a barrier to wider adoption across large-scale applications. UPM Rafsec has repeatedly demonstrated its commitment to providing low-cost products of the highest quality. We now expect the same level of commitment from those adopting RFID."

For more information, please contact:
Mr Christer Härkönen, Senior Vice President, UPM Rafsec, Tampere, Finland, tel. +358 (0) 204 168 300

UPM Rafsec
September 29, 2005

About UPM Rafsec
UPM Rafsec (www.rafsec.com) is a world-leading RFID tag manufacturer and a pioneer of the EPC standard specialized in cost-efficient high-volume production. Headquartered in Finland, the company has the broadest and most comprehensive in-house knowledge and capability for RFID tag design and manufacture. Together with Raflatac, UPM Rafsec forms the Labelstock Business of UPM, one of the leading global forest products companies with annual sales of EUR 10 billion and stocks listed on the Helsinki and New York stock exchanges. Raflatac is a global supplier of paper-based and filmic pressure sensitive labelstock.