EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Ahlstrom Glassfibre

Company/Organisation:
Ahlstrom Glassfibre

Geographic Location

Country: Finland
Region: Manner-Suomi
Location of affected unit(s): Karhula, Mikkeli

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of rubber and plastics products, and other non-metallic mineral products
23.14 - Manufacture of glass fibres
Number Employed: 402
Group: Ahlstrom

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 24-08-2011
Planned Job Reductions min: 230
Planned Job Reductions max: 230
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring

Additional Information

Ahlstrom Glassfibre has announced redundancies of up to 230 workers in two of its units in Finland. The company starts mandatory negotiations with employee representatives on the proposed cuts.

The company is part of Ahlstrom Group, a high performance materials manufacturer. The two units are located in Karhula and Mikkeli, and they produce glassfibre, specialty reinforments, and glassfibre tissue. Ahlstrom cites as reasons increased competition in the markets and inability to to compensate for higher production costs in its selling prices. Temporary lay-offs are also considered as an option to permanent ones.