More Orders, More Workforce For Rottne

Rottne Industri AB, Smaland, Sweden, reports that an upswing in machinery sales that accelerated at the start of the year is steering the company to recruit new employees in several departments.

“It was a gigantic challenge for us when everything was swinging between hope and despair,” Arne Isaksson, Sales and Marketing Manager at Rottne Industri says. “Since August last year, however, we have had an upward trend that has increased month by month thereafter.”

There are many reasons behind the increase of orders. A cold winter in Sweden resulted in the district heating plants working at full capacity and great quantities of insect damaged forest have been felled to provide biofuel. Another aspect of Rottne’s tailwind is that previously “dormant” markets have awakened and are gathering speed. “This includes Russia, which has seen a really excellent felling season and now needs machinery. In addition, we are making great efforts in the transatlantic market where, above all in Canada, we have had a real upturn again,” Isaksson continues.

The company is fully occupied with recruiting new staff, both in the office and on the factory floor. “We reckon that we will recruit between 10 to 15 people during the year, and we must replace those who retire, so there will be a large increase in staff,” says Tobias Johansson, CEO Rottne Industri, and he believes in a bright future: “It is quite clear that we are facing an adjustment process, but the target of delivering 200 forestry machines during 2022 remains firm.”

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