UPM Starts-up New Graphic Paper Sheeting Line at Kymi Mill in Finland

UPM Kymi paper mill has started full production on its fourth sheeting line, strengthening UPM’s position on the market for graphic fine paper sheets.

“Investing in new equipment shows that fine paper production remains an important part of UPM’s operations,” said Matti Laaksonen, General Manager, UPM Kymi and Kaukas Paper Mills. “The sheeter will help us strengthen our position on the market and step up our production of graphic paper sheets. It will also help us optimize production between UPM Kymi in Finland and UPM Nordland Papier in Germany.”

Patrick Trottmann, Area Sales Director Europe, Graphic Fine Papers, added, “The new sheeting line enables UPM Communication Papers to respond quickly to the changing needs of the paper sheets markets while offering strong, fast and reliable services. It gives us perfect flexibility to provide high-quality graphic papers that our customers worldwide expect from UPM.”

The new sheeting line, comprised of a folio sheeter, conveyors, and a packaging line further expands the paper production area of the UPM Kymi integrated mill site. The new line was built in a space previously used as a warehouse, specifically converted for this purpose.

The project was safely and successfully completed despite the restrictions of Covid-19. Start-up took place on 24 September and performance tests have been conducted throughout October.

“The tests have been very successful. We produced the first pallet that was shipped out to our customers on the very first day of the start-up,” Laaksonen concluded.

The new line will produce coated and uncoated graphic fine paper sheets.

About UPM Kymi

UPM Kymi employs about 700 people and is located in South-East Finland in Kuusankoski, Kouvola. Kymi has the capacity to produce 705,000 tons per year of coated and uncoated fine paper. The mill also produces bleached birch and softwood pulp.

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 Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA, and UPM Plywood. To learn more, please visit: www.upm.com

SOURCE: UPM

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