(UPM, Helsinki, July 24, 2006) – UPM's Voikkaa paper mill and Kymi paper machine no. 7 were closed down for summer vacation at the turn June/July and they will not be restarted again. All customer orders and products were successfully transferred to other UPM production lines during spring and summer this year. Salary payments for Voikkaa employees will continue until December 2006.
UPM's "From Job to Job" redeployment and employee support programme, created to minimise the impact of redundancy, has had a successful launch. Around 200 employees have already taken up relocation or will be reemployed within the near future.
To date, 50 employees have found new positions within UPM and around 60 employees will continue to work at Voikkaa until the end of 2007 – dismantling paper machines and taking care of Voikkaa premises. Additionally, UPM estimates that there will be approximately 50 – 100 vacancies in the company's Wood Products division's units within a year.
Approximately 30 former Voikkaa employees have found employment outside UPM. Additionally, the contract signed with Empower, a company offering forest industry maintenance services, ensures that at least 50 UPM employees will take up positions in its Voikkaa unit by end of August. During autumn 2006 Empower will increase the number of unit employees – subject to new contracts.
A survey of UPM's Voikkaa employees has indicated that around 100 staff would consider job change and relocation. The survey additionally highlighted that almost 200 of UPM Voikkaa staff are interested in retraining. UPM's 'From Job to Job' programme will offer financial support for retraining and relocation of the employees affected by the closures.
For further information, please contact: Mr Aki Kohonen, Production Unit Director, Voikkaa, telephone +358 204 153 291Mr Sakari Toivonen, Vice President, Human Resources, Northern Europe, tel. +358 40 512 2042