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Finland's oldest glassworks grinds to a halt

Fiskars says the move is essential to secure glass production in Finland.

Nuutajärvellä pääsee käyttölasiostoksille, mutta lasikylässä valmistetaan edelleen myös uniikkia taidelasia. Image: Jan Hynnä / Yle

Finland's oldest glass factory, the Nuutajärvi plant in Urjala, south of Tampere, is celebrating its 220th anniversary this year -- which will apparently be the last of its existence. It specialises in handmade glass art and unique pieces.

Its owner, Fiskars, has begun redundancy talks at the plant. Next year, it plans to concentrate all glass production at its nearby Iittala glass facility, which will be expanded and modernised. The area devoted to traditional glassblowing will be doubled.


Altogether some 220 people are taking part in the talks, with up to 36 of them to lose their jobs. That is slightly more than the current staffing at Nuutajärvi, which began operations back in 1793.

The owner, Fiskars says the consolidation is necessary to secure its glass manufacturing operations in Finland.

Fiskars, best known for its scissors and garden tools, acquired Iittala and Nuutajärvi in 2007. The Raseborg-based firm also owns two other legendary Finnish design brands, Arabia and Hackman.