simo 5Finnish forests – a realm of riches on your doorstep

 In our busy, 24-7 digital world, achieving work-life balance has become increasingly difficult. Many people lead high-stress lifestyles which inevitably damage one’s health. Spending time in nature could be one way to unwind, says UPM’s Simo Mertanen.

“Metsän poika tahdon olla.”  “I want to be a boy of the forest”, is a line from a famous poem by renowned Finnish poet Aleksis Kivi, which perfectly encapsulates UPM’s Simo Mertanen’s relationship with the Finnish forest.

UPM Kymis Ville TapalinenHumans of Pulp: Youth is no obstacle to leadership for UPM Kymi’s Ville Tapalinen

Process engineer Ville Tapalinen might be the youngest professional at the UPM Kymi pulp mill, but that has not stopped him taking on responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally. Find out more.

Ville Tapalinen reports to work at 7.30 am sharp, after a nine-kilometre bicycle ride from his home in Kouvola. Tapalinen works as a process engineer at the Kymi pulp mill, department of chemical recovery and oversees energy-producing steam turbines in the Kymi, Kaukas, Pietarsaari and even Fray Bentos pulp mills.

transportation in EuropeUPM designs seven new vessels with the Spliethoff Group for its sea transportation in Europe

(UPM, Helsinki, 26 August 2019 at 14:00 EET) – UPM enters into a long-term charter agreement with the Finnish Bore Ltd and the Dutch Wijnne Barends, both affiliates of the Dutch Spliethoff Group. Together, the companies will design and build seven state-of-the-art vessels for sustainable sea transportation for UPM in Europe.

“This arrangement is a consistent step in UPM’s logistics strategy. It will safeguard a sustainable, competitive and reliable shipping solution for our businesses and customers on long term,” says Lauri Rikala, Director, Global Break Bulk Shipping, UPM Logistics.

recycling plasticRecycling plastic – Are we moving in the right direction?

An estimated 32% of all plastic ends up being dumped after just one use, reveals the 2016 New Plastics Economy report. The EU ban on single-use plastics will take effect in 2021. New, tougher requirements will also be introduced for producers of other plastic product categories.

“The much-touted new legislation on single-use plastic products will not solve the huge recycling dilemma.

humans of pulp Humans of Pulp: Chasing perfection with Sanna Sihvola.

As part of our Humans of Pulp series, we profile engineer Sanna Sihvola, who loves figuring out how things work and being hands-on. This makes her a perfect fit for her current role, where she is responsible for keeping UPM’s Kymi mill running in top form.

As a young girl, Sanna Sihvola grew up in the small municipality of Anjalankoski, an area steeped in history that is at the heart of the Finnish papermaking industry. The 200-kilometre-long Kymi River runs through the area, with the numerous pulp and paper mills along its length providing an exciting career for many pulp and paper professionals.

pulp balesRFID is paving the way for full transparency

 Transparency in the supply chain is essential to improve business efficiencies, meet stringent sustainability requirements and to scale up operations. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) might be one technology that could streamline pulp deliveries and possibly create a new industry standard.

Across many industries, businesses are being seized by the digital wave and scrambling to update their systems and processes.

LOGO UPM4FAQ: new UPM pulp mill in Uruguay

On July 23, 2019 UPM announced the decision to invest in a world class pulp mill in central Uruguay. The news has raised a lot of interest and excitement, and naturally some questions and concerns as well. Here are answers to frequently asked questions, with links to further reading on the topic.

The investment decision that includes a USD 2,7 billion investment in the pulp mill and further USD 350 million in logistics, infrastructure and community investments is the largest investment ever in the history of UPM as well as in Uruguay.