Koskisen Group25.11.2015

Koskisen hires 50 new employees at the plywood mill

Koskisen’s plywood mill delivers products tailored to customers’ needs to all four corners of the world. The strengthened markets and successful sales efforts will allow a production increase of 15% as of the beginning of 2016. The production ramp up will be carried out by increasing the number of shifts. With this in mind, some 50 new employees were hired at the mill in the autumn.

Finnish birch plywood by Koskisen is in high demand all over the world.

Finnish birch plywood by Koskisen is in high demand all over the world.

Juha Jalkanen is pleased with the positive development in the birch plywood market.

Juha Jalkanen is pleased with the positive development in the birch plywood market.


Koskisen is globally known for its tailored plywood solutions and high-quality plywood products. Finnish birch plywood is a durable and strong material, for example, for truck floors, ships and scaffold platforms. 

“The majority of our plywood goes to the transport and construction industries. However, deliveries for decorative applications and the die cutting industry are constantly increasing,” says Juha Jalkanen, head of Koskisen Plywood.

A true export product

New employees get to work in a highly international operating environment, as 90 per cent of the plywood products are exported. This year, deliveries have been made to more than fifty countries, with the main market area being Central Europe.

The number of job applicants exceeded 350, of which 125 were interviewed.
"We received many good applications and selected mainly those with training or experience in wood processing,” says Koskisen’s HR Manager Tarja Turunen.

“The number of young applicants was high, and many of them were interested in obtaining their wood processing qualifications while working with us.”

Currently Koskisen employs nearly 1,100 people, and the Group’s net sales will amount to around EUR 250 million this year. 

2 million cubic metres of plywood in nearly 50 years

Koskisen’s plywood deliveries total more than 2 million m3 over a period of nearly 50 years.

Koskisen’s plywood deliveries total more than 2 million m3 over a period of nearly 50 years.

In October, the plywood mill’s packaging department exceeded a milestone of two million cubic metres. That is an astonishing amount of plywood, as it would fill Finland’s Parliament House more than thirty times over. The manufacture of two million cubic metres of plywood requires around seven million cubic metres of logs.

“In summer 2016, the plywood mill, established in 1966, will reach another milestone, as it will celebrate its 50th anniversary."

“We at the mill are confident that demand for bespoke special products will continue to grow. Fair partnerships and good customer service will help us continuously improve our processes. We will make purchasing easier and improve our logistics solutions,” says Jalkanen, summing up the company’s future outlook.