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Metsä Board plans temporary layoffs in Finland

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Metsä Board, the board and kraftliner segment of the Metsä Group, intends to introduce temporary layoffs at its plants in Finland and will begin negotiations on this basis.

The subject of the negotiations are temporary layoffs for a total of 1,100 employees, which could last a maximum of ninety days per employee until the end of the year. The sites affected are Joutseno, Kaskinen, Kemi, Kyro, Tampere, Simpele, and Äänekoski.

Metsä’s board of directors said the implementation of short-time work could take place in several parts throughout the year, and the actual implementation will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The company estimates that negotiations will take two weeks.

The backdrop for these temporary measures is weak market demand, which is currently affecting much of the entire paper industry throughout Europe. A crisis that this industry is countering with production cuts of various kinds.