BRUSSELS, March 25, 2015 (RISI) - Metsä Board plans to cut up to 200 jobs at its Husum mill in Sweden in connection to the factory's transition out of paper production and into packaging. The firm will negotiate this with employee representatives.
The plan concerns 150 blue-collar positions and 50 white-collar positions, according to a company spokesperson. The Husum mill currently employs around 850 people, including those working for customer service on the paper side.
The Husum mill currently houses the 290,000 tonne/yr PM 8, producing coated woodfree and mechanical paper, and PMs 6 and 7 with a combined capacity of some 430,000 tonnes/yr of uncoated woodfree (UWF) paper.
Metsä Board plans to rebuild PM 8 to produce linerboard in May and stop production of coated paper on the unit by the end of the year. The machine will make a mix of linerboard and UWF paper in 2016 and 2017, after which it will only make linerboard. PMs 6 and 7 will be closed by the end of this year. In addition, the firm will install a new 400,000 tonne/yr folding boxboard machine, which is scheduled for startup in early 2016.