Södra ends furlough scheme at Hamina
Södra has now ended the furlough scheme introduced at the sawmill in Hamina, Finland, in April due to reduced demand from the UK, in particular, related to the ongoing pandemic. All of Södra’s sawmills have therefore resumed their normal production rates.
At the beginning of April, Södra announced it would be introducing a furlough scheme at the sawmills in Orrefors, Mönsterås and Hamina and the port at Mönsterås due to reduced demand.
“The UK is opening up again and we have also identified new business opportunities – demand in the building materials trade, in particular, is very strong in several countries. We have been monitoring the market closely and successively ending the furlough schemes. Orrefors was first, followed by Mönsterås and then the port, and now Hamina will resume its normal rate of production from 1 June. We will then be back to our normal production rate of 2 million m³ of sawn timber,” said Jörgen Lindquist, President of the Södra Wood business area.
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Founded in 1938, Södra is Sweden’s largest forest-owner association, with 52,000 forest owners as its members. We conduct modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. In 2019, net sales amounted to SEK 23 billion and employees totalled 3,100. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra shows the way for the next generation of forestry.