Ahlstrom, a high performance fiber-based materials company, will start on February 16, 2015, co-operation negotiations with the employee representative at its Karhula plant in Finland. The negotiations will affect the blue-collar employees at the site and may lead to temporary lay-offs of 20 people at the maximum. The aim of the negotiations is to adjust Ahlstrom’s production capacity and costs to the weakened market demand for building materials.
Karhula plant is part of Ahlstrom’s Building and Energy Business Area and it produces glassfiber tissue used in building materials such as flooring applications. The plant employs approximately 80 people, of which 43 are blue collar employees. The negotiations are expected to be completed by the end of March 2015.