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Stora Enso Consolidates Spruce Timber Production to the Varkaus Mill

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Stora Enso will consolidate its spruce timber production at its mill in Varkaus, Finland, where spruce timber production has synergies with the existing laminated veneer timber (“LVL”), pulp and paperboard mills. The target is to improve long-term competitiveness, the consolidation is part of the company’s profit protection program. As a result of this consolidation, the Kitee sawmill will be shut down.

“Consolidation of spruce timber production to Varkaus creates the opportunity for utilizing the full potential of a sawmill and processing plant as an integrated facility that produces high value timber products, such as LVL veneers and processed timber. This gives us a larger range of products, enhanced R&D and innovation work, and more efficient production”, says Jari Suominen, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso’s Wood Products division.

With this consolidation, Stora Enso will permanently close the Kitee sawmill by the end of this year, leading to making 73 employees redundant. Of these, up to 20 can be handled by pension arrangements. The increase in production at the Varkaus Mill will create 20 new jobs and Stora Enso’s employees affected by co-determination negotiations will be given priority when filling these and other internal positions.

“During the co-determination negotiation process for Kitee sawmill, we were unfortunately unable to find any measures that would significantly improve the profitability of the sawmill. It is now important for us to provide with support to our Kitee sawmill employees in finding new employment opportunities. Stora Enso provides economic support for start-ups and will organize trainings for all employees to get five-year-licenses for first aid, occupational health and safety, as well as hot work. Several companies in the neighboring areas of Kitee have expressed their interest in hiring the professional workforce currently employed by the sawmill. We are also working closely with the local Employment and Economic Development Offices”, says Jari Suominen.

About Stora Enso

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. We employ some 26 000 people in more than 30 countries. The turnover for 2018 was 10.5 billion euros. Our shares are listed on the Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R) stock exchanges. Stora Enso’s shares are traded in the USA as American Depositary Receipts (SEOAY).


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Source: Stora Enso Oyj