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Outokumpu’s Tornio mill to outsource technical engineering services to Etteplan

Press release – Published: 06.10.2016 12:00:00

Etteplan and Outokumpu have agreed on the outsourcing of the technical engineering and documentation services for Outokumpu’s mill in Tornio to Etteplan. In addition to the outsourcing, Outokumpu’s Tornio mill and Kemi mine will focus their technical engineering services, technical documentation and information management service purchases with Etteplan. The outsourcing agreement will enter into force on 1 November 2016 and 22 of the Tornio mill’s employees will transfer to Etteplan as existing employees.

Etteplan’s service solution for Outokumpu is based on predefined processes and efficient operating models. Etteplan will take overall responsibility for producing and developing technical engineering services for the customer. The productivity of the service model is regularly measured using a set of indicators agreed on together with the customer.

– In a changing business environment, Etteplan’s prepackaged service model offers us clear added value and the opportunity to focus on our core business, while at the same time gaining access to the markets’ best expertise. Our decision was also impacted by the fact that our transferring employees will gain a good new employer and excellent opportunities to develop their professional know-how in the field of engineering, ” says Erkki Niska, Outokumpu’s VP Tornio Mill Services.

The outsourcing agreement signed with Outokumpu is of strategic importance to Etteplan and it creates, together with its acquisition of Suomen Unit Oy at the beginning of the year, an excellent foundation to serve industrial companies and develop business operations in northern Finland.

– We are extremely happy about our new agreement with Outokumpu and delighted to welcome 22 new experts to our team. The agreement shows that our outsourcing solutions are effective and it undoubtedly strengthens our market position in northern Finland. Thanks to the agreement we will have around 130 experts under our employ in northern Finland and we will be recruiting more design engineers and technical documentation experts, ” says Riku Riikonen, Senior Vice President of Engineering Services at Etteplan.  

Etteplan in brief

Etteplan’s services cover engineering, technical documentation, embedded systems and IoT solutions. Our customers are the world’s leading companies in the manufacturing industry. Our services are geared to improve the competitiveness of our customers’ products and engineering processes throughout the product life cycle. The results of Etteplan’s innovative engineering can be seen in numerous industrial solutions and everyday products. In 2015, Etteplan had turnover of EUR 141.1 million. The company has about 2,500 professionals in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and China. Etteplan's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd under the ETT1V ticker. Outokumpu in brief Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel. We create advanced materials that are efficient, long lasting and recyclable – thus building a world that lasts forever. Stainless steel, invented a century ago, is an ideal material to create lasting solutions in demanding applications from cutlery to bridges, energy and medical equipment: it is 100% recyclable, corrosion-resistant, maintenance-free, durable and hygienic. Outokumpu employs 11,000 professionals in more than 30 countries, with headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and shares listed in Nasdaq Helsinki.