UPM Raflatac launches new PP Lite labeling materials for improved sustainability

Press Release 27.1.2017 14:00 EET

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, 27 January 2017 at 14:00 EET) - UPM Raflatac EMEIA has launched PP Lite, which improves sustainability through a combination of all-new face, adhesive, and backing materials. Our resource-efficient PP Lite sets a new standard for the sustainable labeling of rigid containers in the home and personal care and food segments.

PP Lite is built of a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive, and a lighter backing, making it a more sustainable choice for many applications. The entire supply chain benefits from PP Lite's resource-efficiency - a reduced transportation burden means lower emissions, while fewer reel changes in printing and dispensing save on energy and waste. Overall there is less waste material generated.

PP Lite labels are a sustainable choice that cover the majority of labeling needs for rigid packaging with smooth surfaces.

"Our Label Life concept looks at the lifetime impacts of different labelstock to assess their environmental performance. Through life cycle assessment in accordance with ISO standards, we found that moving from conventional PP to PP Lite label materials (face, adhesive, and liner) results in 16% less material use, a 15% reduction in energy and water, and a 18% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions," explains Päivi Knihti, Business Segment Manager, UPM Raflatac EMEIA.

For further information please contact:
Päivi Knihti, Business Segment Manager Films, UPM Raflatac EMEIA, tel. +358 2041 68 395

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UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac is one of the world's leading producers of self-adhesive label materials. We supply high-quality paper and film label stock for consumer product and industrial labeling through a global network of factories, distribution terminals and sales offices. We employ around 2,900 people and made sales of EUR 1.4 billion in 2015. UPM Raflatac is part of UPM - The Biofore Company. Find out more at www.upmraflatac.com.

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Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,600 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

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