SEK 100 MILLION COST-CUTTING PROGRAM RISING ELECTRICITY PRICES MAIN REASON

Rottneros announced in its 2005 year-end report that it will carry out a new cost-cutting program to save SEK 100 million with a special focus on variable costs, including staff cutbacks affecting about 70 positions. Co-determination (MBL) negotiations will begin immediately.

The main reason for the cost-cutting program is that Rottneros will be hit by additional cost increases in 2006 because of significantly higher electricity prices.

Rottneros faces cost increases due to higher electricity prices in 2006 of almost SEK 55 million compared with 2005. With the current price structure for electricity Rottneros could face additional cost increases in 2007.

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For more information: President and CEO Lars Blecko +46 (0)8/590 010 00

Rottneros is one of the world’s leading independent manufacturers of market pulp. The Group consists of the parent company, Rottneros AB, which is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, along with its subsidiaries of Rottneros Rockhammar AB, Utansjö Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk in Sweden as well as Rottneros Miranda, S.A. in Spain, with activities involving production and sales of market pulp, plus the raw materials purchasing company of Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has a total of 835 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 2.3 billion.

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Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 280 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.7 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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