UPM to Close Down Its Albbruck Paper Mill in Germany

HELSINKI, FINLAND—Jan. 15, 2012—UPM will permanently close down the unprofitable Albbruck paper mill in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Discussions between UPM, employee representatives and local authorities did not lead to a solution for continuing the operations at the mill. Neither was the search for an investor successful. The closure of the mill is affecting the 508 employees of the mill. The personnel reductions will take place on 31 January 2012.

The UPM Albbruck paper mill manufactures coated magazine papers including sheetfed. Its three production lines have a combined annual capacity of 320,000 tonnes.

“UPM Albbruck mill has been making a loss for several years due to the age and relatively small size of the machines and the mill is not cost competitive within UPM asset and global customer portfolio. Under the difficult circumstances the highly qualified employees have done an excellent job. Unfortunately, it would not have been possible to improve the mill’s profitability to an extent that would have allowed sustainable operations,” says Jyrki Ovaska, president, UPM’s Paper Business Group.

During the negotiations concerning reconciliation of interest and social plan, issues such as pension schemes, support for re-employment, relocations within the company, re-training and compensation payments were discussed and agreed.

“We understand the disappointment of the Albbruck mill employees. All the participants of the round table discussions have done their utmost to find a future-oriented concept for the mill. Despite this strong commitment of people involved, no solution could be found as the concepts presented by potential investors were not economically sound. UPM will implement a social plan in order to alleviate the effects caused by personnel reductions in a responsible way,” says Hartmut Wurster, executive vice president, who represented UPM during the round table discussions.

The sheeting lines of the mill will be transferred to the company’s paper mill in Plattling in order to complement UPM’s product portfolio. “UPM sees the coated mechanical sheets as solid business, and is committed to serve the customers after the Albbruck closure smoothly and promptly,” explains Jyrki Ovaska. Approximately 30 new positions will be created through this measure and applications from Albbruck specialists will be prioritized.

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