UPM to Cut 200 Mill Employees in Finland
Feb. 16, 2010 - UPM said that it plans to cut 200 employees at its pulp and paper mills Kaukas in Lappeenranta and Kymi in Kouvola, Finland.
UPM expects to trim about 100 workers at each mill.
"The business environment of the pulp and paper industry continues to be challenging. The purpose of the planned restructuring is significant improvement in cost competitiveness and productivity also in the long term," said Arto Lampinen, senior vice president from Paper Business Group, Manufacturing.
The company said it is taking measures to improve competitiveness through more flexible and cost-efficient ways to operate, including increasing cooperation between production and maintenance and between other departments. In addition, the use of joint resources between Kaukas and Kymi will be increased.
Employee negotiations are taking place during February, UPM said.
After the planned restructuring, the number of employees at the Kaukas mill will be about 700 and at the Kymi mill about 600 by the end of 2010, the company added.