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Walki plans to improve cost competitiveness in its Finnish operations

Published: 09.09.2013

Walki Group’s Finnish subsidiary Walki Oy starts cooperation negotiations concerning all personnel groups in all its operations in Finland. The negotiation will start on September 5, 2013 in Pietarsaari and on September 6, 2013 in Valkeakoski.

The slow development of global economy, affecting especially Europe, has highlighted the importance of short lead times and a cost competitive production .This concerns especially the Finnish plants, as their costs are affected by the long distances to the main markets as well as by high general costs.

The planned profitability improvement project concerns all personnel groups in the Pietarsaari and Valkeakoski plants as well as all group functions. If all plans will be implemented, the estimated total impact would be maximum 86 positions. Walki employs presently approximately 400 persons in Finland.

The plan includes the moving of a production line from Valkeakoski to the new green field plant in Wroclaw, Poland. The plan aims at shortening the lead times, reducing the carbon footprint and securing a cost and material efficient production for our Central and Eastern European customers.

The project is planned to be implemented by the end of first half of 2014.

For further information, please contact:
CEO Leif Frilund tel. +358 40 354 3330 and Production Director Nordic Janne Ahonen tel. +358 40 572 7403 and VP Lean Production Marko Siltala tel. +358 40 585 2796.

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