Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.59 - Manufacture of other chemical products n.e.c.

152 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
26 July 2012
Employment effect (start)
1 November 2012
Foreseen end date


Kemira, a water chemistry company, has announced redundancies of up to 250 employees in Finland (600 worldwide). The company has started negotiations with employee representatives on the cuts. The timeline for the restructuring has yet to be announced.

Kemira's proposed job cuts are related to the company's announced goal to achieve savings of 60 million Euros in order to improve profitability and the manufacturing network.

A chairperson of one affected labour union called Kemira's plan 'heavily excessive' as the company is making a profit and referred to government's 17% ownership of Kemira.

According to its latest interim report Kemira has 5,181 employees worldwide and 1,259 in Finland.

UPDATE 11-10-2012: Kemira has concluded negotiations and announced redundancies of 152 employees, 79 of whom will leave through retirement.


  • 26 July 2012: Helsingin Sanomat
  • 26 July 2012: Kemira press release
  • 11 October 2012: Taloussanomat


Eurofound (2012), Kemira, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 73960, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/73960.