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UPM Shotton Paper Mill achieves five year milestone without Lost Time Accident

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UPM Shotton, based on Deeside, North Wales, has achieved a new landmark in UPM safety performance.  The last recorded Lost Time Accident (LTA) suffered by a UPM employee on site was on 5th July 2011, giving the mill five years of LTA-free operation.

Shotton, a producer of 100% recycled newsprint is the first UPM manufacturing unit, globally, to reach this milestone. The parent company UPM-Kymmene launched its ‘Safety First’ campaign in 2011 with the aim of raising awareness of the responsibility for all. UPM Shotton employees make more than 4000 safety observations per year in their drive improve and weekly Safety ‘Talks’ are held for the whole workforce as well as visitors and contractors on site.

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Mr David Ingham with Rhys Jones, Safety Representative, Unite

David Ingham, General Manager at UPM Shotton commented: “Sustaining this high level of safety performance is a world class achievement by UPM Shotton’s employees. We have continuously focused our time and energy to keeping everyone safe at Shotton.”

He added: This success is built on a sound foundation of management commitment to safety and employees’ commitment to keeping each other safe.I am personally proud of your achievement.”

The production facility employs around 200 persons and operates a paper machine, materials recovery facility and a biomass combined heat power plant on its site in North Wales.

UPM Shotton is part of UPM Paper ENA which is a member of the UPM-Kymmene Corporation. The paper mill produces 100% recycled newsprint from recovered newspapers and magazine from the UK domestic recycling supply chain. The mill started operations in 1985 and has a single paper production line, a renewable power plant and a £17m materials recovery facility. It employs approximately 200 persons.

UPM Paper - UPM is the world's leading producer of graphic papers and a supplier of a wide product range that includes magazine, newsprint, fine and speciality papers. UPM believes in the future of print and its effective coexistence with digital media.

UPM’s paper business consists of two distinct business areas located at the centre of their market: UPM Paper ENA (Europe & North America) and UPM Paper Asia. Together these two businesses employ around 11 000 papermakers - www.upmpaper.com

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