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Valmet Automotive’s production volume to decrease in spring


Dec 08, 2006

Valmet Automotive’s production volume is estimated gradually to decrease during spring to about 100 cars per day by April 2007. During first eleven months in 2006 the production volume has been approximately 150 cars per day. The reason for the decrease is the overall uncertain situation in the automobile market and its effects on the demand for the car factory’s products. The decrease in volume will mean an additional reduced need for employees.
Valmet Automotive announced in November a decrease in the daily production volume from 153 cars to 132 cars. At the same time, personnel negotiations regarding 80 employees were initiated. At the personnel negotiations held today, the company informed the employee representatives of the impact the further decrease in production volumes will have on the personnel. Now there is a need to reduce personnel strength by 260 instead of the previously estimated 80. The intention is to maintain the previously communicated schedule for the personnel negotiation decisions, i.e. the second to the last week of December.

The car factory currently employs about 1,060 people. Valmet Automotive’s net sales during the first nine months in 2006 were EUR 81 million and operating profit EUR 10.7 million. Valmet Automotive is part of Metso Corporation.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22 000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.

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Kati Renvall


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