UPM trims ENA operations
Helsinki, Finland-based UPM says that in light of the global market situation for graphic papers, and to sustain its competitiveness and leading position in the market, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) plans to:
• optimize operations at its UPM Nordland Papier and UPM NorService units in Dörpen, Germany, Europe’s biggest fine paper site. Streamlining internal processes and investing in automation will enable a sustainable improvement of the fixed cost structure.
• permanently close PM 5 at UPM Blandin, MN, reducing capacity by about 128 kt/y of coated magazine paper in response to overcapacities in the North American paper market. Closure is expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2018 at the latest. Paper production on PM 6 is planned to continue.
In total, about 223 positions will be affected in Dörpen and 150 at Blandin. The company says the action will save about €30 million/ year.
UPM Nordland Papier makes coated and uncoated fine papers (WFC and WFU) with a capacity of about 1.14 Mt/y. Blandin makes LWC magazine and catalogue printing papers with a capacity of about 370 kt/y.