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Covid-19: Alcoholic drinks producer Altia considers temporary lay offs

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Finnish alcoholic beverage company Altia is planning to temporarily lay off employees as part of its operational adjustments due to the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19).

As part of this initiative, the company’s management will begin cooperation negotiations to implement necessary personnel adjustments at its facilities.

This decision will affect all its operations in Finland and other countries where it operates.

Last year, Altia employed around 632 people, of which 418 were in Finland.

Several governments have implemented measures such as restriction of movement and border closures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

These measures have especially affected the travel retail and on-trade sectors across all countries, which according to Altia have impacted its operations and exports.

Altia CEO Pekka Tennilä said: “Our working environment has changed radically, and we must react accordingly.

“The adjustments are necessary in order to maintain our operational capability in the short and long term. With the co-operation negotiations, we try to find the best solution for all Altia employees under these exceptional circumstances.”

The company expects negotiations with employees to be completed after Easter.

Earlier this month, Altia announced that it will produce technical ethanol will tackle the issue hand sanitiser shortage amid the Covid-19 outbreak. The ethanol will be the principal ingredient in hand sanitiser production.

The beverage company noted that industrial ethanol will be in production round-the-clock at its Koskenkorva plant.

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