UPM extends product portfolio at Jämsänkoski paper mill

Portfolio to include newsprint paper

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UPM extends product portfolio at Jämsänkoski paper mill

The trials for newsprint paper production on the paper machine 6 at UPM Jämsänkoski paper mill as well as paper test runs at printing plants have been successful. As a consequence of this, the product portfolio of uncoated mechanical papers of the paper machine 6 will, in the future, be extended to cover newsprint paper also.

Our employees have invested a great deal of effort and development work in recent weeks to get to where we stand today. We have developed high-quality coldset paper grades, especially for domestic newsprint customers and the feedback from our customers’ test runs has been extremely good. With those enlarged capabilities of Jämsänkoski paper mill, 6 UPM is able to deliver newsprint qualities uninterruptedly to Finland. This is keeping our site flexible and competitive,” says Antti Hermonen, general manager, UPM Jämsänkoski.

A complete range of SC and newspaper grades can now be produced on-site in Jämsänkoski, focusing on its Finnish and Nordic customers with high-quality products for newspapers, magazines, and advertising supplements.

The new development enables UPM Communication Papers to respond quickly to the changing needs of the paper markets while offering strong, fast, and reliable local services. At the same time, we underline our commitment to the graphic paper industry and our customers”, says Peter Tietz, sales director, News & Retail, Nordic, and Overseas.

The project was safely and efficiently completed despite restrictions of Covid-19 in close cooperation with the customers during October.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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