UPM Kaukas sawmill



UPM Kaukas sawmill is one of the largest sawmills in Finland and redwood sawmills in Europe. The sawmill is a forerunner in automation, process engineering and kiln drying in the Nordic countries. It also has the highest production capacity and number of personnel among UPM’s sawmills. UPM Kaukas sawmill produces mainly redwood sawn timber from certified Nordic pine and spruce. The sawmill is a part of the UPM Kaukas mill integrate in Lappeenranta.



380 000 m3
of sawn timber / year
employees directly employed by Kaukas sawmill
1 100
people work in the UPM Kaukas mill integrate


We have all major certificates:

Quality Management System ISO 9001

Environmental Management System ISO 14001

PEFC and FSC Chain-of-Custody



History and investment roadmap


​Lauritsala sawmill, the predecessor of Kaukas sawmill, was established in 1891. The sawmill was relocated to its current site in 1959. Today Kaukas sawmill is the biggest of UPM's sawmills in regards to production capacity and number of personnel. In 2016, three new drying kiln channels taken into use at Kaukas sawmill.

​2017 Renewal of log X-ray & 3D measurement
​2016 ​New drying kiln channels
​2015 ​Main chipper renewal
​2014 ​Log grading line modernization and improving the storage facilities
​2013 New progressive kiln and sticking machine renewal​. Withdrawal from futher processing business
2010 ​​New GS-line
New drying kiln channel
​2008 ​New drying kiln channel
​2007 The sawmilling business was incorporated into the UPM-Kymmene Oyj.
New drying kiln channel
​2005 Log grading line modernization including X-ray measurement unit
​2004 Belongs to UPM-Kymmene Wood Oy
2001 ​New drying kiln channels
2000 ​Further processing became part of the sawmill's functions
​1997 ​​New sawing feed
1996 ​Yhtyneet Sahat Oy (United Sawmills), Kaukas Sawmill
​1994 New log grading line
​1956 ​​The first kiln drying channels in Finland were taken into use at the sawmill's current site
​1916 ​Kaukas became the owner of Lauritsala Sawmill
​1891 ​​Lauritsala Sawmill was set up

Shipping marks


​UPM Kaukas sawmill
Kaukaantie 16
FIN-53200 Lappeenranta, Finland
Tel. +358 2041 4139
E-mail: timber@upm.com