Ahlstrom to Start Co-operation Negotiations with Employees at Kauttua Paper Mill

The Kauttua mill in Finland manufactures base paper for masking tape.

Oct. 8, 2014 - Ahlstrom today announced that it will start on October 16, 2014, co-operation negotiations with employee representatives at its Kauttua paper mill in Finland. The measure is part of the company's earlier announced "rightsizing" program that involves the reduction of its workforce by 400 people by the end of 2014.

The negotiations will affect all personnel at the site and may lead to personnel reductions or temporary lay-offs, Ahlstrom said.

The aim of the negotiations is to evaluate ways to adjust Ahlstrom's production capacity and costs to the prevailing overcapacity on the global masking tape markets, the company added.

The Kauttua plant manufactures base paper for masking tape, and "the markets for masking tape have significant overcapacity globally, especially in Europe," Ahstrom said in a press statement.

Ahlstrom also manufactures base paper for masking tape in Pont Audemer, France and Longkou, China.

The Kauttua production line is part of Ahlstrom's Food Business Area and it employs approximately 20 employees.

Employee negotiations are expected to be completed by early December 2014.

Ahlstrom is a high performance fiber-based materials company. Its products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, medical gowns and drapes, diagnostics, wallcoverings, flooring and food packaging. To learn more, please visit: www.ahlstrom.com.

SOURCE: Ahlstrom