Short-time work will be introduced at Papeterie de Mauduit, the world's largest cigarette paper mill. One of the mill's five machines is concerned; production remains unaffected, the company says.
French cigarette paper maker Papeterie de Mauduit, a subsidiary of US Schweitzer-Mauduit, will introduce short-time work for a part of its workforce. According to a company spokeswoman, the reduced working hours will only be a temporary measure - lasting until autumn, French media reports claim - and will affect employees on one of the mill's paper machines. The measure will reportedly not impact the mill's output.
Papeterie de Mauduit was not prepared to disclose further details regarding the measure. The spokeswoman stressed, however, that it was not motivated by financial or similar problems. According to reports in the French press, the company cites the decline in global demand for cigarettes.
Papeterie de Mauduit produces cigarette paper at its site in Quimperlé in the French Brittany region. Schweitzer-Mauduit describes the site as the largest cigarette paper mill in the world. It has five machines and employs approximately 600 people, the company spokeswoman informed.