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UPM Raflatac – 40 years’ history

The founder of Raflatac Juhani Strömberg (left) and Erkki Lehtonen examining the quality of the self-adhesive label material in the 1970s

FINLAND • UPM Raflatac, a worldwide active manufacturer of self-adhesive label stock, is celebrating 40 years’ history as a company. They originated from one man’s vision, and today the company is a global pioneer in its field with strong prospects for the future. Growth and internationalization started at the end of the 1970s, and UPM Raflatac has since continued its rapid advancement on the global self-adhesive label stock market. Today, UPM Raflatac employs close to 3,000 professionals and makes sales well in excess of a billion euros. The company has 11 production facilities worldwide and offers thousands of solutions for continually growing needs in product and information labelling.

This success story in Finnish industrial history began 40 years ago in Tampere. Chemist Juhani Strömberg, working for paper converting company Raf. Haarla, set out to develop water-based alternatives to solvent-based adhesives. Water-based label technology, which was still a rarity for label printers in the 1970s, was a significant advancement because it enabled higher speeds on printing machinery and greater efficiency for label production. Strömberg’s innovations were also a major step towards the sustainable production methods and label materials to which UPM Raflatac remains strongly committed.

Armin Karl Geiger

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