PM3 Grand Opening celebrated at Changshu mill

Saara Töyssy
Saara Töyssy
12 April 2016

The official inauguration of the Paper Machine 3 (PM3) in Changshu, China, was celebrated 12 April. The new paper machine increases UPM’s production capacity in Asia holding true to the Biofore corporate strategy. UPM continues to offer broader, safe and environmentally friendly product portfolios for customers in China and the Asia-Pacific region. It also introduces a revolutionary new manufacturing technology to the whole paper industry.

The UPM Changshu Paper Machine 3 has been carefully designed, from construction to operation and product offering, to meet and exceed the demands and expectations of the market, the society, the environment and the wellbeing and safety of UPM employees. The new paper machine has started production in December 2015. With the new machine the product portfolio of Changshu mill extends to labeling materials and other specialty products. The demand in these segments are forecasted to grow globally, but especially in the Asia-Pacific region.

“In UPM Changshu we will focus on value added, advanced paper products for growing segments in China and worldwide. On this site, we are also introducing totally new, innovative manufacturing technology – not only for China, but for the paper industry worldwide,” said President and CEO Jussi Pesonen in his opening speech.

UPM CEO Jussi Pesonen, Deputy Party Secretary of Suzhou Communist Party Committee, Executive Vice Mayor, Zhou Weiqiang and UPM Chairman of the Board Björn Wahlroos cutting the ribbon at Changshu mill site Grand Opening of PM3.

The PM3 production line and process are very flexible. The line offers a wide range of products from uncoated wood-free papers to advanced specialty products. The swing concept of PM3 greatly improves the efficiency of paper production and reduces energy consumption.

The third production unit at the Changshu mill site strengthens UPM’s position in the Asian market. As part of UPM’s growth investments it facilitates global growth in the labelling and release liner markets. With the new unit in full swing UPM is able to provide better and more comprehensive service in both Asia and the European and North American markets.

A new era of excellence for UPM in China is here.

Pictures from the event:

UPM Changshu mill PM3 Grand Opening.
A Chinese festival tradition where the most honored guests dot eyes to the lion. After eye dotting, lions will dance. Purpose is to give life to the lion and ensure good luck and smooth operation in the future.
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At the Grand Opening Robin Shi, label paper sales manager in China and Robin Chen, the general manager of Taiwan KK.
CEO Jussi Pesonen speaking at the Grand Opening. The PM3 in Changshu answers to the growing demand for specialized paper products and label materials in the Asia-Pacific region. The promising market environment is created partly by fast urbanization.
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Attentive audience at the opening ceremony.

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The UPM griffin quite transformed into a dragon at the Grand Opening of Changshu PM3 in China.

 

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UPM is eady for a new era of excellence in China.

 

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The innovative new manufacturing technology in use in PM3 brings flexibility to production and added value to the customer. UPM Changshu paper mill, China.

 

 

Read more:

Read the press release here »
The record-breaking PM3 construction process »
Asia is a growing market for UPM »
Sustainable paper production and consumption in China »

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