Manner-Suomi; Länsi-Suomi; Keski-Suomi
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Wood And Of Products Of Wood And Cork, Except Furniture; Manufacture Of Articles Of Straw And Plaiting Materials
16.2 - Manufacture of products of wood, cork, straw and plaiting materials
New offshoring locations
Russian Federation, Estonia, Finland

147 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
21 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
2 June 2020
Foreseen end date
31 July 2020


UPM, a Finnish producer of plywood and other wood products, has closed down its production site in Jyväskylä at the end of July 2020, causing 147 redundancies. According to UPM, the company has not been able to make the production of plywood profitable despite its efforts. The closure is expected to result in annual savings of approximately €11 million for the company.

UPM plans to relocate some of the birch plywood production to Russia where the production costs are lower and it will also relocate activity to Estonia and elsewhere in Finland. According to the management, Finnish working conditions and frequent industrial action have had a negative impact on the profitability and competitiveness of the company. 

The shop steward criticises the decision of the company to close the mill as unfair, but also welcomes the company’s efforts to support the employees in finding new employment. 



Eurofound (2020), UPM , Offshoring/Delocalisation in Finland, factsheet number 101457, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101457.