UPM Shotton

UPM Shotton is situated on the Dee estuary in Flintshire, North Wales. The Dee Estuary is a designated Special Protection Area, one of the 112 listed Natura 2000 sites in Wales. The mill site is about 10 miles from Chester and 25 miles from Liverpool. UPM Shotton was founded in 1983 and the mill produces newsprint.


Shotton, North Wales, UK




260,000 t/a


Standard Newsprint

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Mill technology & Sustainability

of fibre used in paper production is FSC and/or PEFC certified
75 MW
green energy generating capacity
1.99 %
absence due to illness or injury


Renewable energy

Renewable energy has played an important role in the responsibility success story for UPM Shotton paper mill over the past decade. In 2006 the mill started up its biomass combined heat power plant (CHP). The UK's largest solar park at Shotwick, Cheshire was constructed in 2016 adjacent to the UPM Shotton site. A direct link into UPM Shotton mill site means that the paper mill can now operate on 100% renewable energy during daylight hours.



Societal responsibility

The mill acts as a Welsh Anchor Company within the local economy – a designation of its importance to the local society in Wales. First and foremost, it provides high quality jobs for local people who generally live in Flintshire or Cheshire. In addition to direct UPM employees the mill also provides jobs for local people through many contracting companies who provide vital services to the mill either remotely or, as in many cases, directly and permanently on site. The company works closely with local schools and colleges and operates an apprenticeship scheme.



  • 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®
  • EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme EMAS
  • EU Ecolabel
  • Environmental Management System ISO14001
  • Occupational Health and Safety Management System ISO 45001
  • Quality Management System ISO9001

All certificates can be found from UPM’s Certificate finder 


Contact us

UPM Kymmene (UK) Ltd
Shotton Paper
Weighbridge Road
Shotton, Deeside

tel: +44 1244 280 000 

email: info.shotton(at)upm.com

www: www.upmpaper.com


Solar success for UPM Shotton

Renewable energy has played an important role in the responsibility success story for UPM Shotton paper mill over the past decade. The transition to use of 100% renewable energy started in 2006 with the start up of its biomass combined heat power plant (CHP).

With a focus on energy efficiency, the mill has continued to reduce its use of fossil fuel based electricity from the national grid. The solar park development means it will reduce its purchase of power to almost half.

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