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Stora Enso considers job cuts at Varkaus kraftliner mill

04 Dec 2019 − 

Stora Enso's Varkaus kraftliner mill might have to lay off some employees. The company will discuss the possible elimination of up to 55 jobs at the site.

Stora Enso might cut up to 40 jobs at its Varkaus kraftliner mill in Finland. The company reported it would start co-determination negotiations with worker's representatives on 9 December. Talks will reportedly last at least six weeks and can result in the elimination of a maximum of 40 jobs. They include 226 employees, which corresponds to the entire personnel of the kraftliner mill.

The maintenance service company Efora at the same site is also planning co-determination negotiations in the same period. 80 employees are affected in this case. Up to 15 jobs might be cut, according to Stora Enso. Efora is the maintenance operator of Stora Enso's mills in ten cities and is a fully owned subsidiary of the group.

Stora Enso sees the need to reorganise operations at Varkaus to increase cost efficiency. The announced measures are part of a profit protection programme aimed at saving €275m in variable and fixed costs.

The Varkaus mill produces kraftliner with a capacity on 390,000 tpy as well as pulp with a capacity of 310,000 tpy. The site used to produce fine paper but was transformed to the production of packaging paper in 2015.

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