Joensuu, Jyväskylä and Savonlinna plywood mills had decided lay-offs lasting maximum of 90 days based on the employee negotiations held during the end of 2012. This anticipation of lay-offs was based on weak order stock and scarcity of logs.

"Birch plywood market situation and raw material availability have improved since the turn of the year and lay-offs have not been implemented in any of the mills. Lay-offs will not be needed during the spring either, so they will be cancelled in whole," said Kim Poulsen, senior vice president, UPM Plywood.