UPM Communication Papers will permanently be closing down its Plattling mill, based in Germany. This planned closure will result in a permanent reduction of 380,000 tonnes of uncoated publication paper and 215,000 tonnes of coated publication paper. The plans will strengthen the overall cost competitiveness of UPM Communication Papers.
Jul 25, 2023
UPM Communication Papers has announced plans to permanently close its Plattling mill in Germany, reducing the uncoated and coated publication paper capacity by 595,000 tonnes in Europe. The planned closure of UPM Plattling’s two paper machines would lead to a permanent reduction of 380,000 tonnes of uncoated publication paper and 215,000 tonnes of coated publication paper. Both paper machines are planned to stop graphic paper production by the end of 2023. The plans announced today would strengthen the overall cost competitiveness of UPM Communication Papers and are a prerequisite for consistent paper operations in the long run. UPM would recognize restructuring charges of EUR 122 million and an impairment of EUR 100 million of the leased CHP plant as items affecting comparability in its Q3 2023 result. The planned actions are estimated to result in annual fixed cost savings of EUR 60 million.
These plans are a continuation of necessary steps to proactively ensure competitiveness of our operations and align graphic paper capacity to a profitable customer demand. Should the plans be implemented the number of UPM employees affected in Plattling is estimated at 401. In addition, we expect implications for the service providers on site. The participation process with the workers council will start immediately in line with local legislation. “Mature graphic paper markets require continuous and relentless efforts to ensure cost competitive operations that also meet the future customer demand. UPM is committed to leading our business in a responsible manner. We respect the interests of both our workforce and our customers and consider them a central part of our plans. We recognize that today’s announcement is very difficult news for our employees in Plattling. Together with the employee representatives, we will seek responsible solutions for our personnel and enter directly into a fair dialogue,” says Massimo Reynaudo, Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers.