UPM is to invest €14m modernising three of its mills to increase production of special products.

A new line to complement the existing saw line is to be built at Korkeakoski sawmill in Juupajoki, central Finland. This will allow the manufacture of more customised products and increase the added value.

The grading plant will also be replaced in the €7m investment at the mill which has an annual production capacity of 300,000m3 of wood products mainly for the joinery industry.

New X-ray log sorting machinery will be installed at the Kaukas sawmill in Lappeenranta, eastern Finland and the grading plant will get cameras for sawn timber grading. The €3m investment will enable the manufacture of more customised products and qualities at the mill which manufactures 500,000m3 of sawn products annually.

A €4m investment at the Jyväskylä plywood mill will see veneer handling modernised and new gluing technology introduced. The mill produces 100,000m3 of plywood products used in construction.

The news follows a €4.5m investment in the modernisation of the Kaukas plywood mill in December.

UPM is also to invest in smaller projects to improve production efficiency of its Finnish sawmills and plywood mills.