Kalmar Outsources Tampere Factory's Welding Operations

Press Release Published 07/01/2003

Kalmar Industries, a business area of the KONE Materials Handling division of KONE Corporation, and TP Group have entered into a contract which transfers to TP Group all of Kalmar’s Tampere factory's welding operations, including flamecutting, pre-handling of steel plates and the machining of heavy steel structures. The transfer affects nearly 150 employees, who will continue in their current positions under TP Group’s ownership, as well as more than 30 temporary or outside employees, who will also be retained under their present contract conditions.

The transfer package also includes an agreement under which TP Group will supply welded structures to Kalmar as a preferred subcontractor. Welding operations will continue to be housed in the existing premises that TP Group rents from Kalmar. The transfer will take place at the beginning of March, 2003.

In line with its corporate strategy, Kalmar is concentrating on marketing, sales, product development, assembly, and services. In all other activities it will rely on partners and subcontractors.


KONE Corporation

Tapio Hakakari

Secretary to the Board of Directors

Outi-Maria Liedes

Senior Vice President

Corporate Communications & IR

For further information, please contact:

Raimo Ylivakeri, Executive Vice President, Kalmar Industries, tel. +358 400 730 196

Jalo Pirhonen, President, TP Group, tel. +358 400 633 623

KONE is a global service and engineering company that specializes in moving people and goods. The value of net sales totals EUR 5,600 million, and we employ approximately 35,000 people. KONE's B shares are listed on the Helsinki Exchanges.

TP Group, a group of companies serving industries in the region around Tampere, Finland, has business operations divided into four groups: Subcontracting to the Machine Industry, Maintenance Operations, Tools and Molds, and IT. TP Group’s annual net sales total EUR 25 million and personnel number approximately 325.


2003-01-07 Kalmar Outsources Tampere Factory's Welding Operations

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