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Holmen Reduces Workforce at Mill in Madrid

Stockholm, Sweden, 14 October 2010 -- Holmen Paper has eliminated 29 jobs at it’s mill in Madrid as part of an ongoing efficiency drive, which includes looking into alternative options for PM 61.

Holmen Paper acquired the mill in Madrid and PM 61 in 2000. The machine has a capacity of 170,000 metric tons of printing paper. PM 62 was commissioned in 2005, with a capacity of 330,000 metric tons of newsprint. PM 61 is operating at a loss and has done so for some time, despite active improvement measures. These have included switching from production of newsprint to production of lightweight coated printing paper based on 100% recovered fiber. Since September, employees have been temporarily laid off due to the shortage of recovered paper. The workforce reduction now being announced is part of a wider review of costs.

"The market situation for printing paper continues to be tough. The shortage of recovered fiber and the resulting cost increase means that in parallel to workforce reduction, we’re looking into different courses of action for PM 61. One possible path is to switch to other product areas, which can be achieved in partnership or in their entirety by another player," said Arne Wallin, head of Holmen Paper.

The staff cuts will be made immediately and affect 29 people, of whom seven work in production and 22 have administrative duties. The cuts will take place in parallel with a new organization entering into force. After these measures have been taken, Holmen Paper Madrid will have 320 employees.


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