Valmet to start co-determination negotiations for temporary lay-offs in Finland

Valmet Oyj’s stock exchange release on April 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EET

The global Covid-19 pandemic causes uncertainty in Valmet’s operating environment and the company announced on April 16, 2020 a withdrawal of its guidance for 2020. The impacts of the pandemic on Valmet’s operations and business environment depend on the duration and severity of the crisis.

Thanks to its solid development during the past years, Valmet has a strong foundation to meet this new situation. However, the pandemic has reduced the workload in Finland and around the world especially in the services business which is done close to customers. Valmet has strived to balance the workload by moving employees to other parts of the company, reducing new recruitments and by utilizing vacations.

Due to financial and production related reasons, especially because of the decreasing workload and in order to prepare for the potential widening of the business impacts from the pandemic, the company starts co-determination negotiations on April 21, 2020 for temporary lay-offs. The employees under negotiations are the Services business line employees in Finland and EMEA area organization in Finland. The planned lay-offs are temporary and they last up to 90 days at maximum. At this point it is estimated that the need for lay-offs concerns around 200 employees. The targeting of the lay-offs and the number of impacted employees will be finalized during the co-determination negotiations.

Valmet employs 5,150 people in Finland, of which 1,700 employees in Services business line and EMEA area organization.

Further information, please contact:
Aki Niemi, Business Line President, Services, Valmet, tel. +358 40 515 1145
Pekka Rouhiainen, Director, Investor Relations, Valmet, tel. +358 10 672 0020


Kari Saarinen

Pekka Rouhiainen
Director, Investor Relations

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet’s strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers’ processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet’s net sales in 2019 were approximately EUR 3.5 billion. Our more than 13,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day. Valmet’s head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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