Atria plans to upgrade its Nurmo facility

Atria plans to upgrade its Nurmo facility

Finnish meat processor Atria is investing EUR36m (US$43m) in expanding and modernising its pig cutting plant in the western town of Nurmo.

The new production facilities will measure around 4,500m2 and will be built next to the old plant. Existing production facilities will be renovated and automated using new production technology.

The move is likely to result in job losses. Atria said it would begin personnel negotiations immediately and would specify "the needs for reducing and relocating personnel" over the two year duration of the project. 

"It is estimated that personnel will need to be reduced by maximum 80 man-years," said the group in a statement.

The investment is expected to generate annual cost savings of some EUR8m in the plant’s operations.