UPM's business structure consists of six business areas. Currently UPM Raflatac and UPM Plywood in Finland are already fully owned subsidiaries. Now similar structures are considered for other business areas and/or units in Finland. The changes are planned to be carried out in stages business by business within the next 15 months and progress will be reported in connection with the interim reports. The planned arrangement is administrative and has minor impact on day-to-day operations. Corporate and functional services to new entities would continue as earlier.
Sappi North America, a leading producer and global supplier of diversified paper and packaging products, has been recognized for its innovations in paper by interzum, the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design, which named Sappi’s recently launched Neoterix™ ST release paper as a winner of its intelligent material & design award.
interzum’s annual awards highlight visionary technologies, innovative materials and groundbreaking design across the industry. A jury of experts is responsible for reviewing participating companies’ most forward-thinking products, placing special emphasis on creative design that adds significant value to products and services.
Neoterix™ ST is the result of Sappi’s collaboration with Sharklet Technologies, Inc., with whom it entered an exclusive, worldwide license agreement in 2016 to manufacture and distribute casting and release paper and film that feature the groundbreaking Sharklet™ microtexture. Neoterix™ ST, which creates surfaces that resist bacterial attachment and growth without the use of toxic additives or chemicals, was chosen by five experts in design and architecture who were given a live demonstration of its capabilities. Judges included Dr. Luisa Bocchietto, architect and designer; Martin Darbyshire, founder and CEO of tangerine; Dick Spierenburg, designer for Spierenburg studio; Professor Dipl.-Ing. Martin Stosch and Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award.
“We’ve been extremely excited about the capabilities of Neoterix™ ST, so we’re thrilled to have it recognized by such an influential organization,” said Tom Collins, Vice President and General Manager, Specialties Business, Sappi North America. “Every day people come into contact with the texture imparted by Sappi’s release papers on almost every type of surface they encounter in their lives, including furniture and laminates. Neoterix™ ST is poised to make a significant impact on the health and safety of our home and office environments, so we hope this recognition will inspire designers, modelers and manufacturers to start marrying their designs with powerful functionality.”