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Stora Enso shuts down PM 8 at Kvarnsveden mill


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22 Jun 2017 − 

Co-determination negotiations with employee representatives at Kvarnsveden mill are ongoing. Stora Enso expects the negotiation process to be finalised in the third quarter 2017.

Stora Enso has shut down the super-calendered (SC) paper machine PM 8 at the Kvarnsveden mill in Sweden for good. "Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill are still ongoing, but PM 8 was permanently shut down yesterday," Stora Enso announced today in a press release. According to the company, the number of people affected by the reorganization of the mill and shutdown will be determined in the third quarter.

The closure of the 100,000 tpy SC paper machine had been announced last February. The company then cited market related reasons: "We plan to reorganise Kvarnsveden Mill to ensure its competitiveness in the structurally declining paper market. This plan includes the permanent shutdown of PM8, which, due to its small size and technical age, is unfortunately no longer competitive in the current market conditions," said Kati ter Horst, EVP Paper division, in a press release on 16 February. The measures were expected to affect a maximum of 140 employees.

The shutdown of PM 8 will reportedly not impact the company's SC paper offering. nor will it affect operations on other paper machine at the Swedish site in Kvarnsveden. Production at Kvarnsveden mill will continue on two lines, PM 10 for improved newsprint paper and PM 12 for SC papers, according to Stora Enso.

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