UPM to reduce production in Plattling

Article by Günther Jauk, translated by Susanne Höfler | 04.04.2019 - 17:00

UPM Communication Papers, a branch of Finnish paper group UPM, is planning the permanent closure of one of its three paper machines at the German site in Plattling. Upon shutdown of paper machine 10, the production capacity for coated mechanical papers in Europe will shrink by around 155,000 t/yr. The idea is to continue paper production on machines 1 and 11 at the UPM Plattling site, the company informs on its website. The shutdown will affect 160 employees.

"Paper markets globally have been declining consistently over the past 10 years PM Communication Papers has responded to this development by selective capacity reductions, always considering the competitiveness of our business -  and we will continue to do so also in future. The planned closure announced today is in line with this approach  and focuses on maintaining the most modern and competitive assets," says Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers.