UPM presents the limitless opportunities of bioeconomy at the PulPaper 2018 exhibition

Press Release 28.5.2018 14:00 EEST

(UPM, Helsinki, 28 May 2018 at 13.00 EET) - UPM will attend the PulPaper 2018 exhibition in Helsinki 29-31 May 2018. The event is focused on the future with the theme of "Visit tomorrow today". In an ever more digitalised world, the forest industry is developing new environmentally sound innovations and technologies.

"The Biofore Gallery" product exhibition on display at UPM's stand will demonstrate the many uses of renewable biomass. The new bioproduct innovations of circular economy include, among others, the renewable UPM BioVerno diesel fuel for transportation and UPM BioVerno naphtha that can be used for replacing fossil raw materials in bioplastics. UPM's wood-based biochemicals include GrowDex hydrogel suitable for cell culturing. Growdex can be used in the research and development of cancer treatments,

The product exhibition also introduces UPM's versatile specialty packaging materials: labelstock, label papers and flexible packaging materials for labelling, packing and wrapping. In addition, UPM's new lignin-based WISA BioBond glue technology will be highlighted. In the new technology, 50% of the fossil-based phenol in plywood production has been replaced with bio-based lignin obtained as a residue of pulp production.

An exciting, innovation-driven and sustainable future

Of the seven UPM presentations, five will be held at the Future Square free of charge for the exhibition visitors, and two will be paid seminars. President and CEO Jussi Pesonen will address the transformation of the forest industry as the keynote speaker at the Business Forum seminar on Tuesday.

In other presentations, UPM will discuss, for example, how it is going to answer the growing consumer demand caused by population growth with sustainable and safe solutions. Technological development offers limitless opportunities for businesses to innovate products that meet the challenges set by global megatrends, such as climate change, urbanisation and resource scarcity.

Focusing on future professionals on the third day of exhibition

On Thursday, 31 May the exhibition will focus on young people and students. As the baby boomers retire, new job positions will open up throughout the forest industry. UPM requires a new kind of expertise especially in chemical industries and new businesses.

UPM will also present the UPM Bioforce Graduate trainee programme focusing on the skills requirements of the future. The trainees chosen for the programme will work in different positions in various countries in which UPM operates.

UPM presentations at the PulPaper 2018 exhibition

Tuesday, 29 May
12:35 EET, Business Forum. Paid event.
KEYNOTE: The turnaround story of the forest industry
Jussi Pesonen, CEO, UPM

Wednesday, 30 May
13:30 EET, Pulpaper Conference. Paid event.
Business case: Renewable biofuels as fast track in reducing transport emissions
Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels

9:30-9:50 EET, Future Square. Free event.
Responsibility is good business
Sami Lundgren, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM

11:10-11:30 EET, Future Square. Free event.
UPM Biochemicals - Limitless potential of bioeconomy
Pia Nilsson, Senior Manager, Business Development, UPM Biochemicals

13:20-13:40 EET, Future Square. Free event.
Aiming higher with Biofore: UPM Kymi to be the world-class pulp mill
Jyri Kylmälä, General Manager, UPM Kymi pulp mill

Thursday, 31 May
10:30-11:20 EET, Future Square. Free event.
Panel Discussion: Future competence needs in the bioforestry industry
Sari Hörkkö, Director, UPM Pulp, Stakeholder relations

13:00-13:45 EET, Future Square. Free event.
Starting a career with a trainee programme
Ninni Pasanen, Bioforce Trainee, Sales Europe, UPM Pulp

For more information, please contact:
Sami Lundgren, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM, tel. +358 40 580 0910
Sari Mannonen, Vice President, UPM Biofuels, tel. +358 45 265 1345
Sari Hörkkö, Director, UPM Pulp, Stakeholder relations, tel +358 40 701 5901
Pia Nilsson, Senior Manager, Business Development, UPM Biochemicals, tel. +358 40 558 7829

UPM, Media Relations
Mon-Fri 9.00-16.00 EET
tel. +358 40 588 3284

UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumption. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,100 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com #UPM #biofore

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PulPaper 2018
The theme of the leading international conference in the forest industry - Visit tomorrow today - is focused on the future. PulPaper conference programme topics include circular economy, 3D printing, bioeconomy, climate change, digitalisation, and the opportunities offered by industrial internet. Companies will present practical examples to illustrate their visions. The presentations are mainly held in English. Two other events will also be held at the same time as PulPaper - the new Wood & Bioenergy Conference and PacTec, a major event for the packaging and material handling industry. The admission to the event is free of charge - www.pulpaper.fi #pulpaper2018