Finland's First Quarter Paper Production Nearly 3.6 Million Tons

May 10, 2006 - In January-March 2006, paper and paperboard production in Finland totalled nearly 3.6 million tons, down about 3 percent from the same period last year. Quarterly production has exceeded this amount only three times in the past, stated the Finnish Forest Industries Federation (FFIF).

FFIF said that due to the new paper industry labor agreement (July 2005), it estimates that during the second quarter 2006 (Midsummer), nearly 42% of paper and paperboard capacity will be in operation. All pulp mills are expected to continue operating at full capacity.

This will be the first time mills can keep running at Midsummer in Finland, FFIF said.

"The experience from last Christmas and next Midsummer will provide good possibilities to evaluate the advantages of continuous operation together with workers' organizations," says Anne Brunila, president of the FFIF. "Now Finnish mills can operate according to market needs, as in other paper-producing countries."

About 6,600 workers will be on the job in the pulp and paper industries at Midsummer. This is about 500 more than the figure last Christmas, FFIF said. In the paper industry, workers who are on shifts at Midsummer will receive 350-1500 euros more than if they did not work during the holiday, depending on the number of shifts, FFIF added.

SOURCE: The Finnish Forest Industries Federation

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