Wärtsilä to lay off workers in Vaasa

09 Nov 2012
The Wärtsilä plant in Vaasa, Finland

The Wärtsilä plant in Vaasa, Finland

The Wärtsilä Corporation will be temporarily laying off 790 workers at its Delivery Centre Vaasa (DCV) in Finland.

The consultation process will begin immediately and the lay offs will be executed in mid-December and will last for a maximum of 90 days.

The company has stated though that the lay offs come as a result of lower than expected orders at the beginning of the year which has forced the company to “temporarily decrease capacity”.

Wärtsilä Finland president, Stefan Damlin, has said that changes in project timetables have also contributed to the problems.

He added: "Adjustment measures are regrettable for the personnel, but in this situation we have to adjust our operations to the lower amount of orders. The power generation market and some of the segments in the marine market are expected to remain active, which has saved us from permanent solutions. The macro economic uncertainty has however delayed investment decisions and the trend towards bigger projects has also increased fluctuations in production volumes."

DCV employs 2,900 people in total and machines the components for, assembles and delivers four stroke engines to ship power plants.

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