Metsä Group’s tissue and cooking paper business area to begin statutory negotiations in Finland

Metsä Group Press Release 25 September 2012
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Metsä Group Press Release 25 September 2012

Metsä Tissue, Metsä Group’s tissue and cooking paper business, is to commence statutory negotiations in its Finnish units. The negotiations are part of company-wide organisational restructuring targeted to improve profitability.

The statutory negotiations announced today will concern white-collar personnel in Finland, excluding frontline sales teams. Roughly 150 employees will be involved in the process and the maximum headcount reduction is not expected to exceed 40. Metsä Tissue’s Finnish offices are based in Espoo and Mänttä.

Increasing competition and continuous tightening of EU regulation pose additional challenges for Metsä Tissue. Additionally, the Finnish government’s stricter national adaptation of EU directives concerning areas such as waste taxation and landfill regulations is a major threat to our competitiveness. By restructuring and reorganising our operations, we aim to secure our future competitiveness on the growing tissue and cooking paper market,” says Metsä Tissue’s CEO Mika Joukio.

Group Communications

For further information, please contact:
Mika Joukio, CEO, Metsä Tissue, tel. +358 (0)10 465 4959
Jori Sahlsten, VP Regional Operations, North Eastern Europe, Metsä Tissue, tel. +358 (0)50 326 7568
Marja-Leena Dahlskog, Communications Manager, Metsä Tissue, tel. +358 (0)50 502 0060

Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group. Our products are part of people’s everyday life, promoting sustainable well-being. Metsä Group produces high-quality products mainly from renewable Nordic wood. The Group’s business areas are tissue and cooking papers, board and paper, pulp, wood products as well as wood supply. Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.3 billion in 2011, and it employs approximately 12,500 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries.

With its high-quality tissue and cooking papers, Metsä Tissue makes life more comfortable for consumers, customers and end-users every day. Metsä Tissue is a leading tissue paper products supplier to households and industrial consumers in Europe. We are also the world’s leading supplier of baking and cooking papers. Our main brands are Lambi, Serla, Mola, Tento, Katrin and SAGA. With production units in six countries, we employ a total of about 3,300 people. Our turnover in 2011 was EUR 970 million. Metsä Tissue is part of Metsä Group.