Metsä Group to enhance the efficiency of its Kerto® and plywood mills

Metsä Group press release 6/11/2015 at 10 EET

Metsä Wood, the wood product business of Metsä Group, will start statutory labour negotiations to implement a new target organisation model at all of its Kerto® and plywood mills. The negotiations are part of the performance improvement programme announced last year. The programme aims for further improvements in production excellence as part of the industrial efficiency strategy and increased labour flexibility at production units in Finland. Metsä Wood’s sawmills adopted the new organisational structure in spring 2015.

The implementation of the target organisation is estimated to result in a need to reduce labour by a total of approximately 60 persons. The statutory labour negotiations are expected to be completed in January 2016, and any employee reductions will primarily be implemented during the first quarter of 2016.

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More information:
Jari Tikkanen, Senior Vice President, Building and Industry, Metsä Wood tel. +358 50 598 9176

Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products’ main raw material is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on tissue and cooking papers, fresh forest fibre paperboards, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. Its high-quality products combine renewable raw materials, customer-orientation, sustainable development and innovation. Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5 billion in 2014, and it employs approximately 9,800 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group, and it is owned by approximately 120,000 Finnish forest owners.

Metsä Wood provides competitive and environmentally friendly wood products for construction, industrial customers and distributor partners. We manufacture products from northern wood, a sustainable raw material of premium quality. Our sales in 2014 were EUR 0.9 billion, and we employ about 2,300 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.

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Metsä Metsä Wood is one of the leading European producers of engineered wood products. We are committed to serving three segments: construction, industrial and distribution customers. Our primary products are Kerto® LVL, plywood and other wood products. We also sell Nordic timber produced by Metsä Fibre. In 2018, Metsä Wood's sales were EUR 0.4 billion, and it employs approximately 1,500 people. Metsä Wood is part of Metsä Group.