(UPM, Montevideo, August 20, 2021, 10:30 GMT-3: 00) – The main executives of UPM met with the President of Uruguay, Dr. Luis Lacalle Pou. During the visit, the president and CEO of UPM, Jussi Pesonen, the Executive Vice President, Biorefining, Bernd Eikens, and the Senior Vice President of the UPM Development Project in Uruguay, Petri Hakanen, recognized the government's effort to carry out the necessary works for the construction of the second pulp mill of the company in the country, which will generate permanent positive impacts in several dimensions.
In addition, Pesonen highlighted the good management of the COVID-19 pandemic carried out by the government of Uruguay.
“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Lacalle Pou to update him on the progress of the project. The works are progressing according to plan and we are proud to be part of the economic reactivation of Uruguay, generating employment and opportunities for companies in this construction stage, as well as in the future, once the mill is up and running. There is still a lot of work to be done and our team is working hard to start operations during the second half of 2022, "said Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO of UPM.
The meeting included an update on the progress of the project in Durazno, and information was also exchanged regarding the way forward.
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