UPM Hürth

The UPM Hürth paper mill is located in the west of Cologne, Germany, in the Hürth-Knapsack industrial zone. Founded in 2002, Hürth has one of the most modern paper machines in Europe, which produces newsprint from 100% recovered paper.


Hürth, Cologne, Germany




330,000 tonnes per year


Paper products

Standard newsprint 

UPM News C

Heatset newsprint

UPM EcoBasic H


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Each day has new challenges and we need to find new ways. UPM gives us the chance to realize our own ideas during daily work.
Christoph Müller and David Ottawa, electricians in UPM Hürth maintenance

Mill technology & Sustainability

37 %
Specific water usage has been decreased by 37% since 2005
67 %
CO2 emission has been decreased by 67% since 2005
100 %
Hurth raw material is 100% recovered paper and certified according PEFC and FSC Chain of Custody.


Green power for Hürth

Changes in power sourcing have resulted in a remarkable decrease in CO2 emissions related to paper production at Hürth. Besides sourcing actions UPM Hürth can only indirectly influence energy related emissions by increasing the energy efficiency of its production. The related targets are followed up constantly, the most important tools being optimisation of heat recovery and the paper machine’s operation mode. Energy company E.ON will build a new biomass power plant on UPM Hürth mill ground, which is going to deliver steam to the mill. This will significantly decrease the CO2 footprint of paper production and make production at the mill almost climate-neutral.


Best practice water handling

The water for the production process comes from a deep well and is recirculated to keep consumption on a low level. The well water has a low temperature and is first used for cooling, and then for the production process. Here it runs several cycles of usage in the different water cycles of the paper machine and the deinking plant. After pre-treatment in the mill it is directed to the water treatment plant in the adjacent chemical industrial park. The consistent usage of water from the PM cycle in the DIP cycles and for dilution of additives has led to a continuous reduction of the fresh water need for the paper production over the years.



  • EMAS – EU Eco-management and Audit Scheme 
  • ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System Standard 
  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management System Standard 
  • ISO 50001 – Energy Management System Standard 
  • ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety System Standard 
  • PEFC-CH11/0831.00 (PEFC/02-31-80) Chain of Custody Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
  • FSC-SGSCH-COC-002249 (FSC® C014719) Chain of Custody – Forest Stewardship Council®

Environmental Labels: 

  • Blue Angel according to RAL UZ14a and UZ72 
  • EU Ecolabel

All certificates can be found from UPM’s Certificate finder 


Contact us

UPM Hürth (Rhein Papier GmbH) 

Bertramsjagdweg 12 

P.O. Box 1564 

50354 Hürth 

Tel: +49 2233 2006100


Logistics services

Logistics services on site are operated by PLI – Papier Logistik International. They care for recovered paper reception and handling, warehouse operation and shipment. “Your Way is our Business” is PLI’s company principle. 

Working for a company which gives occupational health and safety the highest priority makes me feel safe – and so do my colleagues and my family.
Lukas Kmita, Specialist Technology

Occupational Health and Safety 

Safety first. This imperative is valid for all work in the mill under all circumstances. 

A management system for OHS is the basis of our daily work and gives everyone their role and  responsibilities – from the General Manager to the superiors and the operators at the machine. 

Main pillars of the system are the UPM Safety Standards, the superior’s safety walks which ensure the proper ways of working and the employee’s safety observations. Especially the latter are important – on one hand to review rules and facilities for safe working, on the other hand to derive preventive measures against accidents, just as by the analyses of accidents or near misses. In 2020 more than 500 such observations were made. 


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