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UPM Tilhill, the UK's leading supplier of forest and woodland management service, has continued its substantial growth and development throughout 2007 – the year which saw sales increase by over 22% - enabling the market leader to pass the £100 million threshold for the first time in its' sixtieth anniversary year.

UPM Tilhill's profits also grew to £4.1 million, which reflects the very good performance by all its' operating divisions. Performance has also been helped by positive impacts from both the increased timber and forest values experienced during the year together with reduced pension charges.

UPM Tilhill's strong growth is built on a strategic platform focused on four distinct business streams – Timber Harvesting, Forestry Management, Rail and Utility Arboriculture and Commercial Landscaping. These sectors complement each other, providing efficiencies and synergies which have combined to contribute to this continuing success story.

Steve Lavery, Managing Director, commented: "UPM Tilhill is delighted to have delivered particularly positive results to our shareholders, clients and staff alike. Our success is built on continually improving service levels whilst maintaining the highest possible professional standards – an approach clearly valued by both existing and new clients. We also recognise the intrinsic value of all our staff and will continue our investment in them in order to help them retain our leading position within the UK forestry and associated industries."

As 'The Leader for Tree Solutions' UPM Tilhill is in a key position to nurture and manage the forests and woodlands which contribute so much to our society. Good stewardship of trees and other natural resources not only fits with UPM's corporate values, but is critical to the ongoing success of our business and those of our clients.

Looking forward. growth areas identified for significant further investment by UPM Tilhill include the production of sustainable biomass wood supplies and UPM Tilhill, as the UK's leading supplier, will continue to extend its supply chain credentials within this expanding marketplace.

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For further information contact Ruth Roy, Marketing Manager on 07771 940494, or email: ruth.roy@upm-kymmene.com

Note to Editors:

UPM Tilhill is the UK's leading forestry and landscape construction company. The company provides a full range of consultancy and contracting services to developers, landscape architects and local authorities as well as the farmer, forest owner and forestry investor. The company is a member of BALI and is registered with Construction Line, Achilles and Link-up.

The company operates a stringent code of practice and complies with ISO 9001:2000 (quality assurance), ISO 14001 (environmental management), and OHSAS 18001 (health and safety) standards. http://www.upm-tilhill.com

UPM Tilhill is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Finnish group UPM, a global forest products company. UPM is one of the world’s leading forest products groups. The Group's sales in 2005 were EUR 9.3 billion, and it has about 30,000 employees. UPM's main products include printing papers, converting materials and wood products. The company has production plants in 15 countries and its main market areas are Europe and North America. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki and New York stock exchanges.

Further information is available on the company's web site at www.upm-kymmene.com

UPM Tilhill: the leader for tree solutions

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