UPM’s sawmilling and plywood businesses are to be combined as part of a drive to increase profitability in the company’s wood products division.

The Finnish firm says its extensive internal development process is also designed to intensify the division’s customer-oriented operations.

Changes to the sawmilling and plywood operations will take effect immediately.

A number of appointments have also been made to the divisional management, including Kari Kerttula as senior vice-president of marketing and sales. Harald Finne is the president of the wood products division, which will be based in Lahti.