UPM and xpedx Sign Exclusive, Multi-Year Agreement



    


    
    WESTMONT, Ill., Sept. 2 /CNW/ -- UPM, the world's leading producer of
graphic papers, has signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement with xpedx, the
largest supplier of paper to commercial printers in the United States. The
agreement makes xpedx the exclusive merchant supplier of UPM coated freesheet
sheet fed (SF0), coated freesheet web (HSWO) and other UPM coated papers to
commercial printers in the U.S. and Canada.

    "xpedx customers in the United States and Canada will immediately benefit
from improved access to all UPM chain-of-custody certified coated papers,"
said Rob Watson, Director of Marketing-Printing Papers, xpedx. "We know that
strong demand exists for these high quality UPM products, and that all
customers -- particularly customers with multiple locations across the country
-- will appreciate increased availability through hundreds of xpedx
locations."

    "The agreement with xpedx will significantly strengthen UPM's position in
the North American paper market and contributes to our continuing role as a
vital player in this region," said Ruud van den Berg, Senior Vice President
Sales and Marketing for UPM's Paper Business Group. "We are pleased to be
associated with xpedx, a company that shares UPM's dedication to quality
products, an efficient and reliable supply chain and superior customer
service. Customers of xpedx will benefit from accessibility to certified and
sustainable UPM paper products."

    The paper stock being supplied to xpedx will be available immediately
through the xpedx multi-channel distribution network that includes more than
230 distribution centers and stores, xpedx.com and corporate, national and
global account platforms.

    The origin of all UPM paper will be ensured with the
internationally-recognized standards of PEFC or FSC. These standards ensure
that 100% of fibre used for UPM's pulp and paper products is from forests that
are managed sustainably. The chain-of-custody model used by UPM and xpedx
meets the requirements of both FSC and PEFC. All UPM paper imported from
Europe will also carry the European Union's Eco-label, the official EU mark
awarded to greener products.
    

    Certifications and EU Eco-Label:
    --  Chain of Custody (CoC) verifies that the wood used in a product
        originates from certified forests that are responsibly and sustainably
        managed.
    --  PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes):
        www.pefc.org
    --  FSC (Forest Stewardship Council): www.fsc.org

    --  EU Eco-Label: http://ec.europa.eu/ecolabel and http://www.eco-label.com


    About UPM
    
    UPM's vision is to be the front-runner of the new forest industry. Our
competitiveness is based on cost leadership, change readiness and leading
innovation. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are
recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and Pulp; Paper; and
Engineered Materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has
production facilities in 14 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR
9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange.
www.upm-kymmene.com
    

    About xpedx
    
    Cincinnati, Ohio-based xpedx, a business of International Paper (NYSE:  
IP), is one of the largest business-to-business distribution companies in
North America. xpedx distributes a wide variety of printing paper, graphics,
packaging and janitorial-sanitary supplies and equipment from manufacturers
worldwide. Customers include printers and publishers, manufacturers,
retailers, governments and facility managers. xpedx also does business with
the majority of Fortune 1000 companies.

    xpedx has more than 230 locations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Other xpedx businesses include publishing industry suppliers Bulkley Dunton
Publishing Group  and Strategic Paper Group; Tampa, Florida-based xpedx Supply
Chain Services, a global provider of third-party logistics services; and
Cincinnati-based Saalfeld  Redistribution. xpedx also operates a network of
more than 150 paper and graphics stores, as well as a new retail e-commerce
site at xpedxstores.com.

    xpedx is one of the largest providers of post-consumer waste content and
recycled printing papers in North America and has chain-of-custody
certification from FSC, SFI and PEFC at all of its U.S. and Canadian
distribution centers. For more information about xpedx, visit xpedx.com
    





    




For further information:

For further information: Sharon Pond, Communications Manager of UPM
North America, cell, +1-630-386-2681, sharon.pond@upm-kymmene.com; or Lisa
Jonas of xpedx Business Communications, cell, +1-513-504-9352,
Lisa.Jonas@ipaper.com Web Site: http://www.xpedx.com                
http://www.upm-kymmene.com

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