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Electronics Production | February 25, 2009

EB to close Finnish facility

As a part of the earlier announced profitability improvement program targeting to achieve €10 million annual savings, EB is planning to close the site in Turku and focus the Wireless Segment's R&D activities in Finland to the other existing sites in Oulu, Kajaani, Tampere and Espoo.
EB announced today the start of personnel negotiations concerning the whole Turku site personnel of 54 employees. EB's objective is to gradually ramp down Turku operations by the end of September, 2009. EB's operations in Turku have been mainly focused on wireless networks R&D services and mobile WiMAX technology development. By planning to consolidate the R&D operations to fewer sites, EB is seeking to improve its cost structure.

EB has earlier (November 20, 2008) announced profitability improvement and cost savings measures targeting to achieve EUR 40 million annual cost savings in comparison to the cost level of the first half of 2008. The cost saving measures totaling to EUR 30 million have been completed during 4Q 2008 and are gaining their full impact from the beginning of 2009. The additional measures targeting to EUR 10 million savings have been mostly identified and are currently being implemented. EB has announced the need to reduce personnel by 170 globally by the end of the first half of 2009, of which the reduction of 115 employees has already been concluded.

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