UPM permanently closes its Chapelle newsprint mill

July 16, 2020

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UPM will permanently cease production at its Chapelle newsprint mill in Grand-Couronne, France today. The consultation process with employee representatives was completed on June 15, 2020 according to French legislation and approved by authorities on July 15, 2020.


The closure impacts 228 people. UPM offers support to employees in order to alleviate the effects caused by staff reductions in relation to the closing of the mill.


With the closure of the mill UPM will reduce a total of 240,000 tonnes of its newsprint paper capacity.

‘After UPM announced the intention to sell the Chapelle mill in September we started an active sales process and have been in discussions with interested parties since. However, we have not received binding offers by potential buyers. Consequently, we decided to close the mill, while at the same time working with employee representatives to mitigate the social impact on our employees. We remain committed to selling the mill assets if we receive a suitable offer,’ says Anu Ahola, senior vice president, news and retail, UPM Communication Papers.


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