Chinese families charmed by Nordic timberPauliina Leppänen, UPM2018-01-04T09:00:00Z<p><img alt="UPM_BM2-17_s44_Chinese-Couple-Furniture_web-RGB_small.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Chinese-families-charmed-by-Nordic-timber/UPM_BM2-17_s44_Chinese-Couple-Furniture_web-RGB_small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>Functional children's furniture made from Nordic wood is becoming a hit in China.</h4><p>Generally speaking, the older Chinese generation like furniture made<span lang="EN-GB" style="text-decoration&#58;line-through;"> </span>of solid mahogany, pear wood or sandalwood, but the younger generation prefers to furnish its homes with lighter, natural wooden furniture. Discerning middle-class families are willing to pay more for high-quality, safe, toxic-free products, especially for their children. Finnish timber has a good reputation among well-informed Chinese consumers.</p><h4>Finnish spruce to China</h4><p>UPM Timber's customer, Sampo Kingdom Household Co, Ltd, is a major Chinese furniture manufacturer based in Shenzhen, and for 17 years it has specialised in Finnish spruce furniture for children and teenagers.</p><p>The company offers three main styles&#58; Scandinavian, American and &quot;minimalist Chinese&quot;. Sampo's typical customers are young married couples aged 25 or above with children aged from two&#160;to ten.</p><p>Chinese parents typically buy a bed when their child reaches the age of three, so that the child can learn to become more independent. They also buy new children's furniture to celebrate&#160;Children's Day in June, on birthdays, and during summer and winter breaks from school and kindergarten.</p><h4>Safe and natural&#160;</h4><p>When <strong>Frank Tang</strong>, manager at a fitness centre in Shenzhen, and his wife, <strong>Janet Zhang</strong>, wanted to buy a desk for their three-year-old son, the young couple found out about Sampo Kingdom through&#160;online research and recommendations from their friends.</p><p>They brought their son along to the shop and let him choose for himself. &quot;Chinese kids today are quite independent and strong-willed,&quot; says Frank with a smile.</p><p>The desk is natural wood without any colour coating. The boy is still too young to read but he likes to display his photos and favourite toys on it.</p><p>For Frank, safety is the top priority when choosing furniture for his son.&#160;</p><p>&quot;I want to know what materials it is made of, whether the company is reliable and has had any negative media coverage and whether the manufacturing process causes any environmental pollution.&quot;</p><p>The couple furnish their home with&#160;natural wooden furniture.&#160;</p><p>&quot;Nordic style is very popular in China, with its simple, minimalist and practical aesthetics, similar to Apple's iPhone,&quot; Frank says.</p><p><img alt="UPM_BM2-17_s45_Chinese-Couple-Furniture2_web-RGB_small.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Chinese-families-charmed-by-Nordic-timber/UPM_BM2-17_s45_Chinese-Couple-Furniture2_web-RGB_small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;&quot;Safety is our top priority when choosing furniture for our son&quot; - Frank Tang.</p><h4>The influence of social media</h4><p>The couple is now eyeing a new bunkbed as their next purchase, as they are considering having a second child.</p><p>After China scrapped its one-child policy in 2015, more and more Chinese families are looking to have a second child. All businesses specializing in children's products and services have welcomed the new policy with open arms.</p><p><strong>Cheney Chanuang</strong>, Brand Director of Sampo Kingdom, believes that the two-child policy will create plenty of market potential for sales of children's furniture in China over the next decade.</p><p><img alt="UPM_BM2-17_s45_CheneyChanuang_web-small.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Chinese-families-charmed-by-Nordic-timber/UPM_BM2-17_s45_CheneyChanuang_web-small.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" />&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; <span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>Cheney Chanuang</strong>, Sampo Kingdom</p><p>Currently, Sampo has 800 stores in China, and will expand to over 1,000 stores next year. The company has been active in undertaking corporate social responsibility initiatives to enhance their brand image through word-of-mouth. Recommendations on social media such as online forums and WeChat, especially from key opinion leaders and their friends, have a major influence on purchasing decisions. &#160;</p><p>UPM Timber's customer Sampo Furniture is one of China's largest furniture manufacturers. Sampo Kingdom offers families comfortable and functional beds as well as a wide choice of other products made of Finnish wood. &quot;China is one of the largest market for UPM Timber, and the furniture industry is our main end-use segment. Children's furniture plays a prominent role in this market&quot;, says <strong>Mikko Hyvärinen</strong>, Director of Sales and Supply Management.</p><p>Text&#58; Benjamin Li Chun-hoi</p><p>Photos&#58; Tuomas Harjumaaskola</p><p>Read more&#58; <a href="/whats-new/all-news/Pages/The-Chinese-furniture-market-boosts-Finnish-timber-exports.aspx">The Chinese furniture market boosts Finnish timber exports</a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Quality starts in the forest - Forest owners visiting Korkeakoski sawmillPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-11-15T10:00:00Z<p><img alt="UPM_METSÄ_mies_ja_tukkipino.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Quality-starts-in-the-forest---Forest-owners-visiting-Korkeakoski-sawmill/UPM_METSÄ_mies_ja_tukkipino.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>The high quality of our sawn timber starts in the forest. We maintain close cooperation with UPM Forest and Wood Sourcing and we also regularly invite forest owners to get acquainted with our sawmills and to discuss our customers' quality requirements.</h4><p>&quot;UPM Forest's forest account managers who are buying wood, knows our products' quality requirements and can identify the timber which is best for us. Through them the information is transmitted to forest owners,&quot; says <strong>Sami Kotivuori</strong> the director of Korkeakoski sawmill. &quot;We are happy to show the forest owners our sawmill and to tell them about our products and our own customers' requirements. These discussions make the importance of forest management and quality of timber very apparent.&quot;</p><p>In November, we organized an event for the forest owners of the Central Finland at the Korkeakoski sawmill, where an active group of forest owners were introduced to the sawmill and its products and their end uses. The theme of the visit was &quot;Where are my logs travelling to in the world&quot;?&#160; </p><p>The forest owners in the neighboring area were interested in what happens to the sturdy pine logs harvested from their forests, inside the sawmill gates. A lively discussion arose especially about the end-uses of sawn timber and customers' responsibility requirements, such as the importance of certification for the end-users.</p><p><img alt="DSC_08446.png" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Quality-starts-in-the-forest---Forest-owners-visiting-Korkeakoski-sawmill/DSC_08446.png" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><p>Despite the rainy weather, the sawmill tour started with enthusiasm and interest and for some of the forest owners the visit was the first time in the sawmill. The production efficiency and automation level of sawmill were a surprise for many, which aroused a lot of questions and active discussion. Also, in the log sorting, it was wondered how much information about log can be obtained by x-ray measurement.</p><p>Pine from the area's forest owners can be found in British homes' window frames, doors and furniture as well as in structures and furniture of summer houses built at Finnish lakefronts.</p><p>To run our sawmills we need about three million cubic meters of wood annually, over half of which is bought from private forest owners. 60% of Finland's 26.2 million hectares forest is owned by private individuals. </p><p>UPM is a major forest owner in Finland with 640 000 hectares of forest. About 10% of UPM's mills' annual wood consumption comes from the company's forests. We take care of the company's forests in according to the principles of sustainable forest management, complying with the government regulations and certification criteria. Over and above this, we are able to develop new methods of responsible forestry in our private forests and we offer this expertise to the private forest owners, an indication of our expertise is that there are about one million hectares of private forests in our care.</p><p>Read more about Finnish forestry industry at <a href="http&#58;//www.forest.fi/"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">www.forest.fi</span></a></p><p><strong>Read more&#58;</strong></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="/whats-new/all-news/Pages/Forest-certificates-tell-about-the-sustainable-origin-of-wood.aspx">Forest certificates tell about the sustainable origin of wood </a></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/biodiversity-visible-in-commercial-forests/">Biodiversity visible in commercial forests</a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Forest certificates tell about the sustainable origin of woodPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-10-24T10:00:00Z<p><img alt="UPM_AR16_Stakeholders_Sust-forestry_300dpi_CMYK.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Forest-certificates-tell-about-the-sustainable-origin-of-wood/UPM_AR16_Stakeholders_Sust-forestry_300dpi_CMYK.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>UPM Timber uses certified high-quality Nordic pine and spruce as raw material for its products. The international PEFCTM and FSC® forest certificates are signs of wood's sustainable origin.</h4><p>About 85 % of Finland's managed forests are certified under PEFC, whereas the continuously growing FSC certificate covers only a few percent. All UPM's own forests are certified. In addition, UPM's FSC group certificate (FSC C 109750) &#160;is in steady growth with over 200&#160;000 hectares of managed forests already registered under the group certificate. 85 % of all wood &amp; wood fibre used by UPM originates from certified forests. &#160;</p><p><span style="font-size&#58;14px;">We interviewed Sami Oksa, director of stakeholder relations and previous environmental manager of UPM Wood Sourcing &amp; Forestry on verifying the origin of wood&#58; &#160;</span></p><h4>Why is it important to verify the origin of wood?</h4><p>The origin of wood is one of the most important KPIs of responsible operations. The information on the origin of wood proves that the wood used in UPM products does not originate from e.g. conservation areas, tropical natural forests or from other unsustainable sources. By knowing the origin of wood, we can always be sure that the most important aspects on sustainable forestry are fulfilled and that these aspects can also be verified afterwards. &#160;UPM is a frontrunner in verifying the origin of wood and today, the company can track 100 % of the origin of the wood and wood fibre sourced by UPM and used in UPM products. </p><h4>How do you track the origin of wood?</h4><p>When tracking the origin of wood, the key is to follow the wood supply chain backwards all the way back to the area where the tree originally grew. If you can do this, you can always track the origin of wood. The origin is usually followed with the support of company's own IT system. The information of a tree's each step is saved to the IT system. This enables us to track the origin of wood or wood fiber used in a single product from customer all the way back to the distributor, to the mill, to the wood truck and to a single forest stand. </p><h4>How carefully do you transfer the information of the wood origin in the supply chain?</h4><p>A tree and a product made from wood always carries the information of the origin. This means that each party in the supply chain has its own dedicated sign in the IT system. This information is linked to the wood and is transferred from one IT system to another in the supply chain. This way, the information of the wood and wood fibre used as raw material in a product can always be tracked and followed backwards to the place where a single tree has grown, e.g. to a forest stand. </p><h4>What kind of wood is illegal?</h4><p><strong>I</strong>llegal wood can be for example wood that is logged against law or sourced from protected area. Illegal wood can also be stolen or sourced from a forest estate without forest owner's permission. In addition, we talk about illegal wood when the taxes or other legal payments has not been payed. One of the most important responsibilities of forest industry is to always be able to prove the sustainable and legal origin of wood. An independent third-party verifies the chain of custody system every year. </p><p><strong>Read more&#58;</strong></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/key-entrepreneurs-form-an-essential-part-of-our-responsible-supply-chain/"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Key entrepreneurs form an essential part of our responsible supply chain</span></a></p><p><a href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/Businesses/upm-wood-sourcing-forestry/Pages/default.aspx"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Learn more about forestry and wood-sourcng at UPM&#160;</font></span></a></p><p>&#160;</p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Running a transport company is more than just a jobPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-09-13T11:00:00Z<p><img alt="kati-huhtala-edit-890x500.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Running-a-transport-company-is-more-than-just-a-job/kati-huhtala-edit-890x500.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" /></p><h4>Kati Huhtala knows the UPM Seikku sawmill well. The sawmill, located by the Kokemäenjoki river near the centre of Pori, is a weekly destination for Huhtala's wood chip truck.</h4><p><strong>Kati Huhtala&#160;</strong>is a second-generation transport entrepreneur.</p><p>&quot;Being an entrepreneur is not for everyone – just like a 9-to-5 job is not for others.&quot; Kati Huhtala's parents founded the Kuljetusliike Kalevi Huhtala transport company in 1982. When Kati was little, her father was often on the road and her mother took care of the company's paperwork in the evenings.</p><p>&quot;The model I learned in those days from my parents about working was that when there is work to do, you do it, no matter what the clock or the calendar says.&quot;</p><h4>Wood chip transportation with HCT truck</h4><p>Her father Kalevi Huhtala has been a trailblazer in developing new operating models, such as the use of High Capacity Transport (HCT) trucks. Huhtala's 34-metre articulated truck for wood chip transportation was designed in cooperation with UPM.</p><p>&quot;It is great to be at the forefront of development. I would like to hear people saying in the future that it must have been the Huhtala company that introduced HCT trucks to wood chip transportation in Finland. UPM has been really actively involved in these reforms,&quot; Kati says.</p><p>Drivers have given positive feedback on the HCT trucks. According to them, the larger trucks have improved drivability and stability in comparison to traditional articulated trucks.</p><p>&quot;Drivers line up to drive an HCT truck,&quot; says Kati, who has also participated in the test drives herself. The HCT trucks place less strain on the roads and the large transport volumes help reduce traffic.</p><p>&quot;I can definitely see HCT trucks becoming common in the transport industry in the near future. The forest owner never sees the wood chip truck. We want to do our part to ensure that the logistics from the forest to the sawmill is equally smooth at this end of the process and at the harvesting sites.&quot;</p><p>Huhtala's articulated truck transports sawmill chips from Pori to the UPM Rauma paper mill, which uses the chips to produce energy.</p><p><em>Kuljetusliike Kalevi Huhtala Oy transports chips from UPM Seikku sawmill in Pori to UPM paper mill in Rauma. The total length of the HCT truck is 34 meters and the total weight when loaded 100 tonnes.</em></p><p><em>Koneurakointi Aki Sammalisto transports chips from UPM Korkeakoski sawmill to UPM's factories in Rauma, Kouvola and Lappeenranta with the new HCT truck. When the trailer under construction is completed, the total length of the articulated truck is 29.19 meters and the total weight when loaded up to 91 tonnes.</em></p><p><strong>Read more&#58;</strong></p><p style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="/whats-new/all-news/Pages/Customer-delivery-reliability-supported-by-long-term-cooperation-between-UPM-and-Steveco.aspx">Customer delivery reliability supported by long-term cooperation between UPM and Steveco</a></p><p><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/how-do-we-cut-co2-emissions/"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">How do we cut CO2 emissions in transport?</span></a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability IndexPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-09-08T10:00:00Z<p>​(UPM, Helsinki, 7 September 2017 at 09.00 EET)&#160; – UPM has been listed as the forest and paper industry leader in the in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2017-2018 for the fifth time.</p><p>&quot;Responsibility is one of the key elements of UPM's Biofore strategy. Compliance, integrity and sustainability are strongly guiding everything we do,&quot; says <strong>Pirkko Harrela</strong>, Executive Vice President, UPM Stakeholder Relations. </p><p>&quot;We promote responsible practices throughout the value chain and are active in finding sustainable solutions in co-operation with our customers, suppliers and partners. Creating value for society both as a company and through our products is essential for us,&quot; Harrela continues. </p><p>The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics. <img alt="DJSI_Member_Logo_2017-UPM.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-listed-as-the-industry-leader-in-the-global-Dow-Jones-Sustainability-Index/DJSI_Member_Logo_2017-UPM.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;408px;height&#58;274px;" /></p><p class="hugin"><strong>For further information please contact&#58;</strong><br class="hugin">Sami Lundgren, Vice President, UPM, Environment and Responsibility, tel. +358 40 580 0910</p><p class="hugin"><strong>UPM, Media Relations </strong><br class="hugin">9.00-16.00 EET<br class="hugin">tel. +358 40 588 3284 <br class="hugin"><a class="hugin" href="mailto&#58;media@upm.com" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">media@upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin"><strong>About UPM</strong></p><p class="hugin">Through the renewing of the bio and forest industries, UPM is building a sustainable future across six business areas&#58; UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. We serve our customers worldwide. The group employs around 19,300 people and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">www.upm.com</font></span></a></p><p class="hugin">Follow UPM on <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//twitter.com/UPM_News" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Twitter</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/upm-kymmene" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">LinkedIn</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.facebook.com/UPMGlobal" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Facebook</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/user/upmdotcom" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">YouTube</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="https&#58;//www.instagram.com/upmbiofore/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">Instagram</font></span></a> | <a class="hugin" href="http&#58;//upmbiofore.com/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">upmbiofore.com</font></span></a></p>GP0|#80f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d;L0|#080f66fc0-c60d-4e2c-a1ed-b7e454bfdf4d|Press release;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
UPM Timber got into the Zero Solid Waste club – No more solid waste to landfills Pauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-07-17T06:00:00Z<p><img alt="Kymin Voima_Biowaste Conveyor.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-Timber-got-into-the-Zero-Solid-Waste-club-–-No-more-solid-waste-to-landfills-/Kymin%20Voima_Biowaste%20Conveyor.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;" /></p><h4>UPM Timber together with UPM Plywood are the first businesses in UPM who have reached the tight recycling target set by the company's Zero Solid Waste project. UPM targets for zero waste to landfill operations globally by 2030.</h4><p>The sawmills' main wastes are wood-based waste and plastic, e.g. plastic packaging materials and plastic rims. The chips and the sawdust generated as by-products of the production are delivered to pulp and paper mills as a raw material. UPM's sawmills supplies roughly 30 % of the chips used by UPM's Finnish pulp mills. &quot;Wood-based waste consists of bark, spreading particles and plank pieces. Bark is crushed and either used in UPM's power plant in Korkeakoski or sold to an external power plant from which UPM buys heat. Spreading particles and plank pieces go directly to the power plant or they are piled for crushing,&quot; says <strong>Mika Lampola</strong>, who works as Project Manager for Maintenance.</p><p>UPM's power plant in Korkeakoski has facilitated recycling significantly. &quot;A common problem for sawmills is the stony bark we get from the field and underneath log intake manifolds. For sawmills, the waste used to cause significant costs and traditionally it was transfer to landfills, landscaping or greater power plants. Five years ago, we invested in the bio heating plant in Korkeakoski, where we can burn all waste wood without crushing, which is a very positive thing. Also the bark waste from log yard is burned in the sawmill's own bio heating plant,&quot; says Mika. </p><p>In addition to wood-based waste and plastics, sawmills generate mixed waste and construction waste such as concrete, wools and metals. They are recycled by UPM's waste management partners. According to Mika, UPM Timber's personnel has adopted well the new, more accurate sorting style. &quot;We are regularly organising training and waste sorting tests for our employees. One year, when we did not do it, people started to ask where's the training – and the prizes,&quot; laughs Mika.</p><p>Sorting is not difficult, but some may still think that small amounts don’t matter. “It is important for everyone to understand why every little can must be sorted right. When as many waste fractions as possible are either used as raw materials or sorted correctly, it helps us and our partners alike,” Lampola says.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="ZSW_icon.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/UPM-Timber-got-into-the-Zero-Solid-Waste-club-–-No-more-solid-waste-to-landfills-/ZSW_icon.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;114px;height&#58;114px;" /><em>The <strong>Zero Solid Waste</strong> project develops smart and sustainable solutions, where excess materials circulate and generate value. Reducing the amount of solid waste and increasing the reuse of waste are important targets at all UPM mills. Improving UPM excess material performance sustainably strengthens UPM's position as a circular economy front runner. It also has a clear impact on UPM's EBITDA for example through lower costs for the waste sent to landfill and income from the re-use markets. &#160;UPM pursues Zero Solid Waste to landfill status globally by 2030.</em></p><p>Read more&#58;</p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/upm-pursues-zero-solid-waste-to-landfill-status-by-2030/"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">UPM pursues Zero Solid Waste to landfill status by 2030</font></span></span></a></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><a href="https&#58;//www.upmbiofore.com/upm/the-best-way-of-disposing-mixed-waste-is-minimising-its-production/"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">The best way of disposing mixed waste is minimising its production</font></span></span></a></p><p dir="ltr" style="text-align&#58;left;"><a href="http&#58;//www.upm.com/circulareconomy/Pages/default.aspx"><span class="external-link"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><font color="#0066cc">UPM and circular economy</font></span></span></a></p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx
Customer delivery reliability supported by long-term cooperation between UPM and StevecoPauliina Leppänen, UPM2017-06-20T21:00:00Z<p><img alt="Steveco_0010.jpg" src="/whats-new/all-news/PublishingImages/Pages/Customer-delivery-reliability-supported-by-long-term-cooperation-between-UPM-and-Steveco/Steveco_0010.jpg" style="margin&#58;5px 5px 5px 0px;" /></p><h4>​<span lang="EN-US">Our customer promise, Grown to Sustain, highlights our ability to reliably deliver the right sawn timber to our customers at the right time. </span>The Finnish Kotka and Helsinki ports play a key role as UPM products from four sawmills are exported around the world. Long distances require good cooperation with logistics suppliers. One of them, Steveco Oy, provides UPM with forwarding, conveyance and stevedoring services.</h4><p>“We ensure that UPM’s products leave Finland on time and on the right vessel. Shipping capacity is currently in high demand, especially on routes from Europe to Asia, and this is why the vessels do not wait for cargo arriving from Finland. For this reason, we have invested in a new information system and new straddle carriers. With these investments, we can ensure that containers are transferred to the right vessel on time. It also enables us to closely monitor which vessel the containers need to be on and when,” explains <strong>Tapio Mattila</strong>, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales, and Unit Manager of container operations at Steveco.</p><p>“The sawmilling industry has been particularly successful in designing its procurement and production chains. In Finland, the raw material is typically sourced very close to the sawmills. In addition, transport from Finland by sea is cost-effective. Of course, sea freight can be expensive due to shipping route fees and ice classification, but the efficiency of our operations is excellent compared to many other operators.”</p><h4>Top-notch tuned know-how</h4><p>Previously, there was a continuous stream of containers arriving into port thanks to transhipment and there were always containers available. Today, many containers often arrive at the same time. As a result, the ship can take the maximum capacity for export.</p><p>“Hundreds of empty containers arrive at the port at the same time and we have to move them to the container depot to receive, inspect, sweep and repair them. We have developed a process to ensure the reliability of deliveries,” Tapio Mattila explains.</p><p>From UPM’s point of view, Steveco’s most important task is to ensure that the vessel leaves the port within the agreed time frame. Steveco employs around 800 people and operates 24/7. This is essential for the industry as production runs around the clock. New employees go through a very strict training programme that covers quality, safety, environmental issues and how the company operates.</p><p>The entire port infrastructure and information system have been built in co-operation with customers to assist with exports from Finland. “UPM is a very big customer for us and one of our strategic partners. We discuss investments closely with our customers to ensure that we focus on the right issues at the right time,” Tapio Mattila says.</p><p>Steveco also has a vision for the future, where continuous development and training are an important part of the business.</p><p>“If we look 10 years into the future, we anticipate having more and more integrated information systems with our customers in order to transfer data efficiently. I hope this will enable us to better serve UPM and take over some of the activities that the company is currently managing itself. In another 10 years, automation will have been developed even further, bringing with it quality and cost efficiency improvements,” Tapio Mattila envisions.</p>GP0|#dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754;L0|#0dbad3779-2074-48a0-bba1-0eb989e7b754|Other news;GTSet|#5f3597d4-e212-42ee-96a2-2301e0ef108baspx

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