Elkem to specialise in solar and silicon related solutions

Elkem aims to become a world-class producer of specialised products related to solar energy and silicon. After the sale of Elkem Aluminium the company is being reorganised to make it as well-equipped as possible for developing new processes, technology and materials.

– A greater focus on silicon, combined with today’s challenging market conditions, has created a need for reorganisation and a slimmer corporate structure. We are well on our way to make the organisation more efficient and to reduce costs, as well as keeping critical competence, says senior vice president human resources Karin Aslaksen.

The reorganisation will help Elkem to take out synergies across units, particularly in support functions at corporate level, the sales and logistics organisation and technology and R&D. On the whole, Elkem’s aim is to save minimum 160 MNOK. 160 employees could be redundant.

– The process has been demanding, among other matters because of a tight schedule, but the employees understand the measures that we are now taking, says Karin Aslaksen.

The employees that are embraced by the project have made a survey of their own expertise, and Elkem’s leaders have described functions for each post in the new organisation. The management and union officials from Tekna, NITO, FLT, Negotia, I&E and Lederne have agreed upon selection criteria.

The restructuring of Elkem is to be completed by the end of October this year.


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