Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Lahti, Lappeenranta
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17 - Manufacture of paper and paper products

110 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 April 2009
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Finnish paper manufacturer UPM is to cut 110 jobs. It has decided to shut down its Lahti plywood mill, and 110 employees will be laid off permanently. In addition, the personnel of Kaukas mill in Lappeenranta will be temporarily laid-off for 90 days.

UPM will transfer the plywood processing operations from its Lahti processing mill to the company's other plywood mills. The reason for these decisions is the further weakened market situation of plywood. The aim is to ensure the profitability of the operating plywood mills.

The efficiency of the plywood mills will be increased by transferring the further processing operations from Lahti to Jyväskylä, Savonlinna and Joensuu mills, which produce also base panels. At Lahti mill some 110 employees will be laid off. The possibility to move to work in other UPM mills will be investigated.

During the lay-off period at Kaukas plywood mill, the manufacturing of uncoated and coated WISA plywoods will be transferred from Kaukas mainly to Joensuu and Savonlinna mills. The Kaukas mill employs some 320 people. UPM is investigating possibilities to arrange training for the employees during the temporary lay off.


  • 14 April 2009: www.keskisuomenmaa.net


Eurofound (2009), UPM, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 68815, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/68815.