Metso to discontinue rubber operations in Sweden

Metso to discontinue rubber operations in SwedenDue to a need to streamline and improve efficiency and productivity, Finnish machinery maker Metso says it is initiating union negotiations at its rubber and Poly-Met wear parts factory unit in Trelleborg, Sweden, to discuss its plan to discontinue the factory operations in the third quarter of 2024.

“Our strategic target is to ensure an optimal supply chain network and manufacturing capability globally and thus strengthen competitiveness to achieve sustainable long-term performance. Having reviewed our supply chain operations at a regional and global level based on customer proximity, logistics, and efficiency we are considering discontinuing factory operations in Trelleborg. Announcing this plan that may have a potential impact on our employees is based on a thorough analysis. We will support our employees during the process,” says Heikki Metsälä, President of Metso’s Consumables business area.

Metso has approximately 120 employees in Trelleborg in total. If realised, the plan could result in a reduction of up to 70 jobs.

European rubber and Poly-Met customers will be served by Metso’s factory in Lithuania, where production capabilities will be further strengthened.

discontinue the manufacturing in Ersmark, Sweden. The negotiations were announced in September.

In 2020, Metso shut down similar operations in Ersmark, Sweden, that affected approximately 150 manufacturing related positions.

In addition to Trelleborg, Metso has rubber and Poly-Met mill lining factories in Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Peru, India, Lithuania, and Australia.

Metso is an industrial company offering equipment and services for the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries.

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Metso employs over 16,000 people in close to 50 countries and sales for 2022 were about EUR5.3 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.