Stora Enso has completed the union negotiations regarding the closure of pulp and paper production at Kvarnsveden. A total of 340 people will be permanently laid off. Some 25% of the redundancies can be managed through pension arrangements, and 100 people have already found new jobs within Stora Enso or with an external employer. The redundancies will mostly take effect in November.
In April 2021, Stora Enso announced a plan to permanently close down pulp and paper production at its Kvarnsveden site due to the declining paper market. As a result of the co-determination negotiations regarding the Kvarnsveden site, pulp and paper production will be closed permanently from 30 September 2021. The customer service centre at Kvarnsveden will be closed by 31 December 2021. The power plant will continue to operate, but only for the purpose of district heating and for maintaining the buildings onsite.
When the co-determination plan was announced in April, the maximum personnel impact was estimated to be 440 people. As a result of the negotiations, 340 people will be permanently laid off. Some 25% of the redundancies can be managed through pension arrangements, and 100 people have already found new jobs within Stora Enso or with an external employer. This includes employees who will work with energy production at the power plant. The redundancies will mostly take place in November.
Stora Enso offers individual support to the affected employees. This includes re-training and relocation support for people who transfer to other locations for work. We will also offer financial support for employees starting up their own companies. Stora Enso collaborates with the City of Borlänge and other local and regional stakeholders through various activities, such as recruitment fairs.
Stora Enso has initiated a project to find future options for the Kvarnsveden site. The process is being coordinated with the City of Borlänge and other regional and national stakeholders. The Kvarnsveden site offers many advantages for future use, including strong industrial infrastructure, a railway connection to Gothenburg harbour, a connection to the national electricity grid, and availability of clean water.
Stora Enso continues to produce supercalendered (SC) papers at its Langerbrugge site in Belgium and its Maxau site in Germany, and improved newsprint at the Anjala site in Finland.
Earlier releases about the plan for the Kvarnsveden and Veitsiluoto sites:
20 April 2021: Stora Enso initiates a plan to permanently close down pulp and paper production at Kvarnsveden and Veitsiluoto mills (https://www.storaenso.com/en/newsroom/regulatory-and-investor-releases/2021/4/stora-enso-initiates-a-plan-to-permanently-close-down-pulp-and-paper-production-at-kvarnsveden-and-veitsiluoto-mills)
17 June 2021: Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations at Veitsiluoto site (https://www.storaenso.com/en/newsroom/regulatory-and-investor-releases/2021/6/stora-enso-completes-co-determination-negotiations-at-veitsiluoto-site?prid=20e70ae51fec2d45)
1 July 2021: Stora Enso completes co-determination negotiations at Kvarnsveden site concerning the closure of pulp and paper production (https://www.storaenso.com/en/newsroom/regulatory-and-investor-releases/2021/7/stora-enso-completes-co-determination-negotiations-at-kvarnsveden-site-concerning-the-closure-of-pulp-and-paper-production)
For further information, please contact:
Press Officer, Stora Enso
+46 (0) 722 410 349
SVP, Communications, Paper division
tel. +358 40 544 3491
SVP, Investor Relations
tel. +358 40 763 8767
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. Stora Enso has some 23 000 employees, and sales in over 50 countries. Our sales in 2020 were EUR 8.6 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com (http://www.storaenso.com)
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