Internal restructuring
Manner-Suomi; Länsi-Suomi; Keski-Suomi
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Wood And Paper Materials
Manufacture Of Paper And Paper Products
17.12 - Manufacture of paper and paperboard

169 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 November 2011
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


M-Real, a Finnish paperboard and paper producer, has announced redundancies of up to 180 workers at its paper mill in Äänekoski. The company has entered negotiations with the employee representatives on the cuts.

M-Real, part of forest industry group Metsäliitto, is closing down a paper machine in Äänekoski while expanding boxboard production there. The machine in question has been producing coated fine paper, which according to M-Real suffers from weak profitability caused by overcapacity. The company is concentrating its fine paper production to its plant in Husum, Sweden.

UPDATE, 22/12/2012 -  M-Real has concluded statutory negotiations at the Äänekoski mill in Finland. The company is to close the Äänekoski paper machine by the end of 2011 with the loss of 169 jobs. The mill's sheeting capacity will be converted fully to folding boxboard while the Äänekoski paper machine's reel production will be transferred to Husum.


  • 22 December 2011: Press release
  • 2 November 2011: YLE Internet News
  • 2 November 2011: Taloussanomat


Eurofound (2011), M-Real, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 72669, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/72669.