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UPM Plans to Reorganise its Head Office Activities

Helsinki, Finland 27 September 2013 -- With respect to UPM’s target to simplify its operating models and structures to address the competitive challenge in mature European business, UPM Paper ENA, which will be effective as of 1 November, plans to reorganise its Head Office activities. The aim is to improve profitability by creating a leaner management structure. In the same connection UPM Paper ENA’s head office will be relocated from Helsinki to Augsburg with the aim to be present at the main markets and close to the customers.

The planned changes will have an impact to the whole UPM Paper ENA’s way of working. According to the plan the new organisation would be smaller than the current one and have less organisational layers. The new leaner management structure will improve agility and speed up the decision making process. The management will also have a strong operational focus.

The employee consultation process in Finland will be started immediately covering the current head office staff of UPM Paper Business Group. This employee consultation process does not cover Tampere Supply Center nor the mill organisations. The number of positions affected by the planned changes is 75. If this plan is realized, the above mentioned changes would have an impact on maximum 45 positions in Finland.

“These planned measures are regrettable to our personnel, however, necessary due to the weak profitability development during the first half of the year.  With the changes we hope to bring the UPM Paper ENA’s profitability on the right track,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA. 

Next steps:

The employee consultation process with personnel representatives are planned to start 3 October  2013 and last approximately 6 weeks. Decisions on organisational changes will be implemented as soon as possible, latest at the end of the consultation process. Decisions on job reductions and support for impacted employees will be made when the consultation process has been completed.

UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and Pulp, Paper, and Engineered Materials (until 31 October 2013). The Group employs around 22,000 people. The company is present in 67 countries and has production plants in 17 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed € 10 billion. UPM's shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com

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