Statutory negotiations related to the streamlining of Kemi operations completed

Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab and M-real informed on 13 August 2009 that the operations of
the Kemi site will be streamlined by integrating the management of the pulp and
board mills. At the same time an investigation to further improve the
efficiency of the Kemi site was started, and statutory negotiations initiated
in both companies. 

The statutory negotiations concerned the white-collar jobs and the laboratory
as well as maintenance jobs in Kemiart Liners. The negotiations affected 103
employees and the reduction was estimated to be at the most 52 persons. The
negotiations were ended on 7 October 2009. 

The streamlining of operations will reduce 29 jobs at the Kemi mill integrate.
The restructuring measures will be completed mostly during 2009. Additionally,
Kemiart Liners has signed a preliminary agreement with Botnia Mill Service
related to the transfer of the board mill's maintenance, as well as thereto
related project and material functions. The transfer of business would mean
that 17 persons will transfer to BMS. 

For additional information, please contact:

Mr. Ismo Nousiainen, SVP, Production, Metsä-Botnia, tel. +358 50 5987378 and
Mr. Jukka Kettunen, SVP, Production, M-real Consumer Packaging, tel. +358 50

About Us

Metsä Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. The company’s pulp brand is Botnia and the sawn timber brand is Metsä Nordic Timber. The company’s bleached softwood and birch pulp grades have been developed for the production of high-quality board, tissue and printing paper and speciality products. The main applications for spruce and pine sawn timber are products for construction and interior decoration as well as window and door joinery and raw material for packaging industry. Currently employing approximately 1 200 people, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.9 billion in 2017. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.