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UPM to Begin Production of Coated Fine Paper Sheets in Finland
Helsinki, Finland, 25 May 2011 -– UPM will begin the production of coated fine paper sheets at its Kymi mill in Kouvola in autumn 2012.

The expansion of the Kymi mill finishing room will begin in autumn 2011. The expansion will cost approximately EUR 15 million. The project includes a new sheeting, ream wrapping, and pallet packaging line. Technical changes related to the handling of the reels of paper machine 8 also will be made. The aim of the new sheeting line is to serve customers in close-by markets more efficiently and flexibly, and to support the production efficiency of the integrated mill site.

"The new sheeting line for the manufacturing of coated sheets will enable us to serve our customers better and faster than before. Thanks to the more extensive product range, we can ensure efficient use of the integrated mill site. The employment effect of the project is also positive, although it is still too early to estimate the number of jobs that will be created. We will especially need multiskilled persons for these jobs,” said Timo Suutarla, general manager for the Kymi mill.

The Kymi mill produces approximately 830,000 metric tons of coated and uncoated fine paper per year. Currently, the mill's sheet production includes A4 size printer and copy paper made of uncoated fine paper. UPM also produces coated sheets in Germany at its Nordland Papier mill.

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