EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Sweden
Region: Västerbottens län; Övre Norrland
Location of affected unit(s): Ersmark


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of machinery and equipment n.e.c.
28.41 - Manufacture of metal forming machinery
Number Employed: 200

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 03-09-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 150
Planned Job Reductions max: 155
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-03-2020
Direct Dismissals: 155

Additional Information

Mill lining manufacturing company for the mining industry Metso plans to close its production unit in Ersmark, which is expected to result in the dismissal of 150 employees. Around 30 employees whose tasks are not connected to the production process will remain. No clear timeframe is announced for these restructuring processes.

The company maintains that the decision to dismiss employees in Ersmark is connected to the need to increase its competitiveness and its profitability by reviewing manufacturing capacity at the regional and global level. According to reports, employees from the site fear that the production process might be subject to relocation to the Trelleborg site and delocalisation to countries with cheaper labour costs, like India and South Africa. 


Update 10/01/2020: In December 2019 the media reported that the number of dismissals increased from 150 to 155. The termination of production will take place in March 2020.