A pillar of Holmen's strategy is to operate and develop a profitable and sustainable business: constantly reviewing, streamlining and improving organisation and working procedures form a natural part of this work.
A three-year programme is in progress at Iggesund Mill to strengthen the mill's competitiveness. The focus in 2016 was on a review of skills and streamlining of positions. At the same time, a new organisational structure has been implemented at the mill. This will result in a gradual reduction in the workforce by 2017, to be achieved through natural turnover.
A new organisation was established for forestry operations in 2016, combining a high level of forestry expertise with a stronger business and marketing.
Holmen Paper adapted its sales organisation such that it is now aligned with the strategic focus on speciality papers. The mill in Madrid was sold to International Paper during the year. At that point the mill employed about 260 people.
As a means of support to employees – both financial and in their efforts to find new work – during cutbacks, Holmen is affiliated to the employment transition fund Trygghetsfonden TSL.
As the number of employees in the Group continues to fall, productivity, defined as production per employee per year, has increased over several years. This is due to organisational changes, investments and more efficient working practices and processes.