UPM Raflatac recognises the importance of sustainable forest management and its role in providing and promoting sustainable label products. Working together with FSC provides the opportunity to promote the benefits of sustainable forest management in the label and packaging industry. "Our focus lies in increasing awareness of the importance of using forest-certified labels for brand owners. There is great potential for using FSC®-certified paper in the packaging industry and our partnership with FSC will support this development," says Jesse Rep, Country Manager of UPM Raflatac Netherlands. "UPM Raflatac customers benefit from our cooperation with FSC. By choosing FSC-certified label products, we give our customers the assurance of the high level of corporate responsibility, and support the whole label value chain's sustainability targets.
Following its announcement in September 2016, Stora Enso has finalised the co-determination negotiations regarding the consolidation of manufacturing of corrugated packaging in Finland. Stora Enso’s corrugated packaging plant in Heinola will be closed permanently and packaging manufacturing transferred to the Lahti plant. The need for personnel reduction is expected to be 47 employees.
As part of the consolidation, Stora Enso will invest approximately EUR 19 million in new machinery and supporting infrastructure in Lahti. The project is expected to be finalised by the end of the first quarter 2018. The objective is to improve profitability and competitiveness by creating a centre of excellence for corrugated packaging in Lahti. Currently, Stora Enso employs approximately 420 people in its containerboard and corrugated packaging businesses in the Lahti–Heinola region.
Stora Enso will make every effort in co-operation with the local community to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and all job openings in other Stora Enso units will be available to those affected. The corrugated packaging production at the Kristiinankaupunki and containerboard production at the Heinola Fluting Mill will not be affected.