Internal restructuring
Manner-Suomi; Länsi-Suomi; Pirkanmaa
Location of affected unit(s)
Nokia (Tampere)
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products And Other Non-Metallic Mineral Products
Manufacture Of Rubber And Plastic Products
22.11 - Manufacture of rubber tyres and tubes; retreading and rebuilding of rubber tyres

230 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
9 December 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2009


Finnish tyre maker Nokian Renkaat is to cut 230 jobs at its Nokia factory and production will be reduced by about one third in 2009. About 100 of the employees who will be laid off will be provided with a pension arrangement. In addition, over 400 employees will be laid off temporarily. According to CEO Kim Gran, the temporary lay-offs will be in force at least until the end of 2009, and possibly also in 2010.

Initially when the company started its personnel negotiations in December 2008 it was thought that the different shift work arrangements and the re-organisation measures would create a need to cut personnel by approximately 450 people, of which some 100 would be white collar staff. However, according to its third quarter results, the company earned EUR 71.9 million which clearly exceeded the median of forecasts collected by Reuters News Agency, which was EUR 62 million.

The agenda of the negotiations included a plan to change the working model of the car tyre production from the current continuous three-shift/seven days work to the discontinued three-shift/five days operations and to re-organize operations. This would result in the annual production capacity at the Nokia factory to decrease from the current approximately 6 million tyres to approximately 4.5 million tyres in 2009.

The aim was to carry out part of the personnel cuts by pension arrangements and other voluntary solutions. The new factory working model and re-organisations would decrease Nokian Renkaat costs in Nokia by approx. 30 million euros.

The Nokia factory will concentrate in producing tyres needed in the Nordic and other Western countries, whereas production at the Russian factory will be sold in Russia and other CIS countries and also partly exported to other markets. We are able to increase our production rapidly in both factories once the tyre market recovers, says Mr. Kim Gran, CEO and President of Nokian Renkaat. Nokian Renkaat employs some 3,700 workers in Finland, of which some 1,500 in its Nokia Factory.


  • 21 January 2009: Helsingin Sanomat
  • 10 December 2008: Kansan Uutiset


Eurofound (2008), Nokian Renkaat, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 67668, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67668.