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Five Lithuanian furniture producers supplying their products to Swedish furniture store chain IKEA are suspending the purchase of products produced by Grigeo Klaipeda, a Klaipeda-based cardboard producer, after it released untreated wastewater into the Curonian Lagoon.
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Representatives of IKEA in the Baltic states told BNS the company decided to suspend all purchases from Grigeo Klaipeda, meaning that five non-identified IKEA suppliers in Lithuania are suspending cooperation with Grigeo Klaipeda.

"We are treating this information very seriously," IKEA told BNS. "All suppliers are audited, with prior notice or without, to ensure that they are sticking to our requirements. Moreover, IKEA suppliers must comply with local legislation and act responsibly while treating chemical waste."

IKEA refused to disclose its five suppliers.

One of them is the SBA group. Its vice president and board chairman of SBA Baldu Kompanija, Egidijus Valentinavicius, told the 15min.lt website the company suspended purchases from Grigeo Klaipeda for an indefinite period.

Jonas Krutinis, head of Vilniaus Baldai, which sells 100 percent of its products to IKEA, told the new website that his company decided no longer buy products from Grigeo Klaipeda and will buy it from Polish and Dutch suppliers.

Vakaru Medienos Grupe and Freda also supply IKEA.

BNS was not able to contact Tomas Eikinas, head of Grigeo Klaipeda, on Friday.

Grigeo Klaipeda posted 53.523 million euros in revenue in 2017, up 7.7 percent from 2017, with paper products making the majority of its products, accounting for 44.156 million euros in sales. The company also received 9.216 million euros in revenue from the sale of honeycomb cardboard used in furniture production.

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