New sheeting line at UPM Kymi strengthens UPM’s graphic paper offering
The fourth sheeting line at the UPM Kymi paper mill started full production at the end of October, 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. 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 optimise production between UPM Kymi in Finland and UPM Nordland Papier in Germany,” says Matti Laaksonen, General Manager, UPM Kymi and Kaukas Paper Mills.
“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 the high-quality graphic papers that our customers worldwide expect from UPM. At the same time, this investment underlines our commitment to the graphic paper industry” says Patrick Trottmann, Area Sales Director Europe, Graphic Fine Papers.
A year-long project successfully completed
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 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 concludes. The new line will produce coated and uncoated graphic fine paper sheets.