UPM Raflatac has opened a new slitting and distribution terminal in St Petersburg, Russia, and has announced that it will open another in Istanbul, Turkey, early next year. Both will supply regional label markets with film and paper labelstock.
“We’re very excited to be the first pressure sensitive manufacturer to open our own distribution facility in Russia," says Tapio Kolunsarka, senior vice president of UPM Raflatac in Europe. “This investment signals our commitment to the Russian market, where it will significantly improve our service capabilities.”
The slitting and distribution plant in Istanbul will open at the beginning of 2010. “Demand for our products has seen strong growth in Turkey in the past year, and we’re committed to offering the local market a wide range of products with fast delivery,” adds Kolunsarka. “This investment is also perfectly in line with our strategy of strengthening the service network and gradually growing our market share in Eastern Europe.”
UPM Raflatac has recently completed a global development program incorporating new production facilities in the USA and China, and a brand new production and logistics center in Wroclaw, Poland.