Ahlstrom Corporation

Ahlstrom completes personnel negotiations at its Karhula plant in Finland


Source: Ahlstrom Corporation

Ahlstrom has completed the personnel negotiations started on September 22, 2009 at its plant in Karhula, Finland. As a result of the reorganization of operations and production adjustments, 59 blue-collar and 17 white-collar employees will be laid off. Additionally, temporary layoffs will continue in order to adapt the production volumes to the demand.

The reductions will be implemented as of November 2009.

Ahlstrom's plant in Karhula, Finland, is part of the company's Glass & Industrial Nonwovens business area. The plant currently employs approximately 350 employees, of which 250 are blue-collar and 100 are white-collar employees.

Ahlstrom has adjustment actions under way globally. These actions are targeted to adapt production volumes to match the demand and review the company's cost structure.

Ahlstrom in brief

Ahlstrom is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of high performance nonwovens and specialty papers. Ahlstrom's products are used in a large variety of everyday applications, such as filters, wipes, flooring, labels, and tapes. Based upon its unique fiber expertise and innovative approach, the company has a strong market position in several business areas in which it operates. Ahlstrom's 6,000 employees serve customers via sales offices and production facilities in more than 20 countries on six continents. In 2008, Ahlstrom's net sales amounted to EUR 1.8 billion. Ahlstrom's share is quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. The company website is at www.ahlstrom.com.

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