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Stora Enso to Close Mill in Hungary
Helsinki, Finland, 05 April 2012 -- Stora Enso Renewable Packaging plans to improve competitiveness and respond to customer needs through restructuring its converting operations at Páty in Hungary and efficiency measures in the consumer board mill at Barcelona in Spain.

“Demand for corrugated board consumer packaging has significantly weakened in Hungary, so we plan to centralize our operations in Hungary to Komarom mill and close down Páty mill. As a part of the plans, Komarom mill would be enhanced with asset transfers and recruitment so it can better meet customer and market needs. The efficiency measures planned in Barcelona are intended to improve the mill’s profitability. The plans announced today, in combination with earlier announcements, would improve Renewable Packaging’s cost competitiveness,” said Mats Nordlander, executive vice president, Renewable Packaging.

According to the plans, converting operations at Páty mill in Hungary would be permanently closed down by the end of the third quarter of 2012. The planned closure would affect 79 employees at Páty. The proposed restructuring measures would reduce the number of employees at Barcelona in Spain by 15. No decisions will be taken until after the local co-determination negotiations have concluded. Stora Enso would make every effort in co-operation with local communities to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and all job openings in other Stora Enso units would be available to those affected.

These restructuring measure plans, together with ongoing efficiency plans at Skoghall and Fors mills in Sweden and at Imatra in Finland, would reduce annual costs by approximately EUR 7 million, starting gradually from the fourth quarter of 2012 onwards. Stora Enso will record a restructuring provision and a fixed asset write-down as nonrecurring items of approximately EUR 9 million related to the restructuring plans in the Renewable Packaging Business Area in the first quarter 2012 operating profit.

Stora Enso makes paper, biomaterials, wood product, and packaging based on renewable materials. Stora Enso employs some 30,000 people worldwide, and sales in 2011 amounted to EUR 11.0 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.

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