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Moventas Santasalo Oy completes cooperation negotiations

Moventas Santasalo Oy has today ended its cooperation negotiations related to its decision, taken in December, to terminate the Karkkila factory lease agreement in a year’s time and transfer the factory’s production to other Moventas sites.

As a conclusion of cooperation negotiations, production of the industrial gear manufacturer Moventas Santasalo Ltd, active in Jyväskylä and Karkkila, will be transferred to Jyväskylä by the end of the year. Production will be transferred in stages, securing customer deliveries. 

In the negotiations that started on 20 February, 2012 and concerned 171 people in manufacturing, Moventas looked into possibilities of transferring the factory’s production in its entirety to Moventas’ two factories in Jyväskylä, as well as to Moventas production sites abroad. In the first phase, production will be transferred to Jyväskylä. In the future, manufacturing country will be defined by customer needs. In addition to Finland, Moventas manufactures industrial gears in Germany and China.

- All of our business, including Wind Gears and Service, originates from the industrial gears business. We intend to keep developing the Industrial Gears business as one of our core businesses both domestically and abroad.  Centralizing our production in Finland is only about clearing excess capacity – not shutting anything down, reminds President & CEO of Moventas companies, Mikael Laine. 

All employees in Karkkila’s production will be offered a possibility of employment with the Jyväskylä factories.  During the negotiations, Moventas has been able to offer 96 people relocation or a pension solution, and some have been employed elsewhere.

Moventas will continue the outsourcing plans of Karkkila’s gear housing machining operations. The housing machining function operates on the factory premises in a separate building, the lease agreement of which will continue until 12 March, 2023.

Moventas encourages and supports people relocating to Jyväskylä in different ways. Those who will not accept employment in Jyväskylä, will be offered support in employment, training and redeployment by various measures together with employment officials.

The cooperation negotiations that have now ended did not concern the sales, engineering, R&D or administrative staff of Moventas Santasalo Oy (53 people). Their office will remain in Southern Finland.

Mikael Laine
President & CEO
Moventas companies

About Moventas

Moventas is a wind gearbox technology expert and service provider. Moventas’ technology strives for lowering the cost of energy across the lifecycle of wind energy generation, from superior gearbox design and manufacture to extensive multi-brand service for 20 different turbine brands' gearboxes globally.