puzzle in plywoodA Puzzle in Plywood: Future Africa Innovation Campus in Pretoria

André Eksteen's brief for the Future Africa Innovation Campus in Pretoria was a challenge: “The architecture of the campus should play an active role in shaping minds as much as it does in shaping environments.”

André, the award-winning architect and founding partner in Earthworld Architects, a multi-disciplinary architecture practice in South Africa, was asked to design and build 280 one-, two- and three-bed residential units, a dining hall, a research building and a conference centre.

with Biofore SiteTowards even more responsible work culture with Biofore Site™

UPM Raflatac’s Biofore Site™ concept engages factory employees and fosters a culture of sustainability in line with UPM’s 2030 responsibility targets.

For many years, UPM Raflatac factories have operated ISO 14001-compliant, third-party certified environmental management systems to ensure continual environmental performance improvement. The Biofore Site™ concept expands on this foundation by including economic and social aspects.

upm forestAn evergreen future – The role of forests as carbon sinks

When it comes to combating climate change, the significance of forests is widely known. Understanding the mechanics of how forests grow and thrive helps us assess their value as so-called ‘carbon sinks’ that act as natural reservoirs to trap carbon.

Carbon dioxide is the most significant greenhouse gas in the world. Global efforts to mitigate climate change focus on lowering carbon dioxide emissions, particularly those coming from the use of fossil fuels.

BANDERA UPMUnited Nations recognises UPM as one of the 36 Global Compact LEAD participants demonstrating world-class commitment to corporate responsibility

(UPM, Helsinki, 23 September 2019 at 9:30 EET) — UPM will today be recognised as a Global Compact LEAD participant for its strong commitment to the United Nations Global Compact and its Ten Principles for responsible business. The recognition will be addressed to only 36 global companies at the Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York. UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

dedication and personal upmDedication and personal development at UPM Plywood millsDedication and personal development at UPM Plywood mills

Production manager Saila Tiihonen supervises one of the three UPM Pellos mills. “Career opportunities have always been readily available. You decide which path to focus on and how to develop yourself professionally,” she says.

Growing up in Ristiina by Lake Saimaa, Saila Tiihonen became familiar with the UPM Pellos plywood mills at a young age. A long-standing and important employer in the region, UPM Pellos began operations as a chipboard mill in 1964. Since then, it has gone on to become the largest manufacturer of softwood plywood in Europe.

industria madereraSerrín de aserraderos para producir un biocombustible apto para el transporte

Desde 2008, la compañía holandesa BTG BioLiquids (BTG-BTL) y la multinacional británica TechnipFMC, asociada principalmente a procesos tecnológicos en torno a los combustibles fósiles, trabajan en el desarrollo de nuevas tecnologías de producción de biocarburantes. Ambas anuncian que el conseguido a partir de madera y un proceso que emplea pirólisis rápida tendrá su primera fábrica de producción lista en Suecia para 2021. No sería la primera que produce biocarburantes a partir de madera, ya que al menos una de UPM en Finlandia lo hace desde 2015.

banderaupmUPM maintains its industry leader position in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index


UPM maintains its industry leader position in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index

(UPM, Helsinki, 16 September 2019 at 08:00 EET)  – UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2019-2020.

“DJSI is an esteemed, global index measuring corporate sustainability. First of all, I would like to thank all UPMers for their valuable contribution to this recognition,” notes Sami Lundgren, VP, UPM Responsibility.