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UPM Raflatac launches Bisphenol A and Phenol free thermal faces in Europe

(UPM Raflatac, Tampere, 05 April 2011) – UPM Raflatac has introduced two new thermal label faces in Europe: Thermal Eco Bisphenol A (BPA) free and Thermal Eco totally free of Phenols.

BPA has been widely used as a colour developer in thermal papers used for cash register receipts and self-adhesive labels applied by consumers to fruits and vegetables weighed in supermarkets. There has been public speculation over the potential risks of BPA absorbing from thermal papers through the skin, and some retail chains are seeking to remove all Phenols entirely from their cashier receipts.
“UPM Raflatac aims to be in forefront in developing products to new possible market needs. While public concern primarily over BPA in self-adhesive labels has been moderate, UPM Raflatac seeks to be proactive in all health-related issues and provide the market with a choice,” says Jon Lenck, Director for UPM Raflatac?s VIP Business Segment in Europe.

Both face materials are FSC® certified.

For further information, please contact:
Mr Jon Lenck, Director, Business Segment VIP, UPM Raflatac, tel. +48 602
609 375

This press release will be available in other languages under „News & Publications? on our website: www.upmraflatac.com.
Related photos are available on request from UPM Raflatac Communications (communications@upmraflatac.com).

About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac, part of UPM?s Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world?s leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 11 factories on five continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,400 people and made sales of approximately EUR 1.1 billion (USD 1.5 billion) in 2010.

Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.