In a bid to improve operational efficiency and occupational health and safety, HKScan Finland is planning measures such as possible automation of heavy manual work stages at the Forssa pig cutting department. The company furthermore plans to align beef slaughtering and cutting at the Outokumpu production facility in line with prevailing market conditions. The ultimate aim of these plans is to improve HKScan Finland’s profitability.

HKScan Finland will accordingly initiate negotiations concerning production personnel at the Forssa pig cutting department and the Outokumpu production facility. The negotiation proposal issued today and considered changes potentially affect the personnel of the Forssa pig cutting department (approx. 300 employees in all) and the production personnel of the Outokumpu production facility (approx.130 employees in total). Preliminary estimate of possible headcount reduction is about 15 employees in Forssa and 20 employees in Outokumpu. Negotiations will begin at the Outokumpu production facility on Monday, 16 January and at the Forssa plant on Tuesday, 17 January. Possible personnel effects will be discussed in the course of the negotiations.

The Forssa production facility specializes in pig slaughtering and cutting and the Outokumpu production facility specializes in beef. The Group has an average of 2 400 employees in Finland.

For further information:

Jyrki Karlsson, EVP Consumer Business Finland at HKScan Corporation
Kindly submit a call-back request to Marja Siltala, VP Communications,, tel. +358 10 570 2290

HKScan is the leading Nordic meat expert. We sell, market and produce high-quality, responsibly-produced pork, beef, poultry and lamb products, processed meats and convenience foods under strong brand names. Our customers are the retail, food service, industrial and export sectors, and our home markets comprise Finland, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltics. We export to close to 50 countries. In 2015, HKScan had net sales of approximately EUR 1.9 billion and some 7 400 employees.