SynopsisSSAB Europe's Business Unit Finland, situated in Raahe, is embarking on change negotiations to address persistent low demand. The primary goal is to structurally reduce annual fixed costs by EUR 10 million. These discussions will explore ways to enhance operational flexibility and adapt to the challenging market while considering future requirements.ArticleIn response to ongoing weak demand, SSAB Europe's Business Unit Finland, based in Raahe, has decided to initiate crucial change negotiations. The overarching objective is to bring about structural reductions in annual fixed costs, targeting a substantial EUR 10 million. These negotiations aim to identify strategies that will enhance operational adaptability and align with evolving market dynamics.Jarkko Matkala, the Site Manager at SSAB Raahe, underscores the collaborative approach: "The aim is to work together to find solutions to increase flexibility, mobility, and multi-skills so that our operations respond more flexibly than at present to future needs."The focus of these negotiations centers on restructuring the Raahe Works' organization, potentially affecting approximately 2,400 employees. While the desired outcome is to align on primary operational models that mitigate the need for workforce reductions, this possibility remains on the table.The negotiations are expected to span approximately six weeks, barring any deviations from the timeline. SSAB, as a whole, employs approximately 4,700 individuals in Finland.ConclusionSSAB Europe's proactive step towards change negotiations in Raahe reflects its commitment to address market challenges and ensure long-term sustainability. By focusing on reducing fixed costs and enhancing operational flexibility, SSAB aims to navigate the uncertain demand landscape effectively. Collaboration and adaptability are key in this endeavor, with the ultimate goal of securing the future viability of its operations in Raahe and beyond.