We surpassed our goals in energy savings
Aurajoki Oy is involved in energy efficiency agreements and exceeded the target for the previous period, which was 9% savings in energy consumption for the 2008-2016 contract period, according to Production Manager Tommi Pynnönen. The volunteer-based contract system is a good way to encourage companies to improve their energy efficiency. It motivates the thinking about energy-saving related development needs, even though companies do so already because of cost savings.
Long-term investment and day-to-day work have been focusing on improving energy efficiency. For example, all hot-dip galvanizing boilers have been replaced from oil to electric heating. Significant cost benefits have also been obtained by adjusting the district heating system. In addition, heat recovery equipment was installed at the Turku factory's powder coating plant, which was a big investment for this company. New options are being studied continuously, and the reflection is on increasing the use of renewable energy.
In September, Aurajoki Oy signed an agreement to join the demand side management with Turku Energia. The agreement covers our hot-dip galvanizing plants in Aura, Lievestuore, Pirkkala, and Mikkeli. Pynnönen says that compensation from the demand-driven market will give the company clear savings in energy costs. The occasional reduction in electricity consumption is also an important environmental action that suits perfectly the values of our company.
The original broader article was published on 20 November 2018 on the Energy Efficiency Agreements website.
Link to the article: http://www.energiatehokkuussopimukset2017-2025.fi/ajankohtaista/aurajoki-oy-sahkon-kysyntajoustoon-kannatti-liittya/
Opening hours for the New Year 2018-2019
7.12. reception of goods is open from 08:00 to 16:00. No production.
27.-28.12. open from 08:00 to 16:00.
31.12. morning shift on site.
Open from 08:00 to 15:00.
Week 52 closed.
27.-28.12. open from 08:00 to 16:00.
31.12. morning shift on site.
7.12. and 27.-28.12. open from 08:00 to 15:30.
Open from 08:00 to 17:00. Importing and picking up goods is expected to take place between 8:00 and 16:00.
7.12. and 31.12. closed.
Our ecological High5-Coat coating will last for a long time
Aurajoki Oy and Haapanen Oy have jointly developed a High5-Coat coating combination for demanding environments. It is the result of years of product development combining hot-dip galvanizing and powder coating with their environmental friendliness and cost-effectiveness. By utilizing these two methods, it is possible not only to protect the steel from corrosion but also to give the product the desired color surface. In addition, the loss of materials is minimal, the coating process is phosphate-free, and no harmful organic compounds or VOC emissions occur at all.
High5-Coat consists of five stages: pickling, hot dip galvanizing, aluminum oxide blasting, aminosilicate treatment, and powder coating. In our coating process, harmful phosphating has been replaced by a chemical reaction on a hot galvanized surface. Aluminum oxide blasting roughens the galvanization so that accelerated laboratory tests have found that the coating meets the highest C5 strain class durability requirements. Aluminum oxide is suitable as a blasting agent on the hot-dip galvanized surface and is also completely recyclable. The adhesion and corrosion protection is finished with phosphate-free special silane treatment, where an amino-silane-containing solution is applied to the surface of the rinsed product. This combination avoids the slow process between the paint surface and the hot zink, which normally causes the paint to detach within a couple of years of the coating.
Coating combinations that utilize hot-dip galvanizing and powder coating have previously been used for steel shielding. Despite the good qualitative method, they exacerbate the environment due to phosphating in the process. These coatings have been used for example in the Nordic countries, and they have even risen as the only alternative in the acquisitions of large cities. High5-Coat is expected to pick up quickly as the first option, as it is 15-20% cheaper than competitors' coatings and lasts longer.
The original broader article is published on 25.10. Published in Metallitekniikka No. 10/2018.
Link to the article: https://www.tekniikkatalous.fi/tekniikka/metalli/ymparistolle-aika-kauhea-menetelma-uusi-suomalaiskeksinto-korvaa-haitallisen-fosfatoinnin-pulverimaalauksessa-6747601.
Lean project at our Turku Factory has been successful
The Turku Factory of Aurajoki Oy is our first factory where Lean mentality was tested for better work efficiency. Lean is a systematic method of work enabling the standardisation of activities. It covers a number of areas, such as management system, problem solving methods, and monitoring and instruments.
The Project was launched at the beginning of 2017 and was managed by two experienced consultants from outside of the company throughout the year. At first, a common intention was created for employees to improve the Factory's competitiveness, thereafter, among other things, a new layout and new practices were planned for the Factory. At present, Mr. Mikko Mäkinen, Production Manager of the Factory, is in charge of the project together the development group.
Compared to the past, works at Turku Factory have become more professional. Things are implemented and monitored more systematically and employees have been able to participate in the development of working environment significantly more than before. The greatest visible benefit is the cleanliness of production premises, which have also been noticed by customers visiting the Factory. Goods being in the right place and the cleanliness of the Factory have had a positive effect on the well-being of employees.
At the beginning of the project, a challenge was that every employee had to provide a lot of new information. However, in the first year, Lean's strengths were observed, and the attitudes of employees towards changes became more positive. Moreover, Lean enables to acknowledge the existing challenges as they are addressed more openly and continuously. In the course of the Project, the Turku Factory has developed a mode of operation that is sustainable and advances step by step.
Cooperation with Kemppi
In order to increase the efficiency of manufacturing metal products, Aurajoki Oy acquired from Kemppi five X8 MIG Welder welding units and three TIG welding units. New units are used in the process of manufacturing pressure equipment in our Pirkkala factory and in production activities of our infra group in Kannonkoski.
New units have accelerated and simplified our welding processes. Using the programmes in the units have reduced the need for post-processing. They have led to splash-free finish and occasional decrease in the number of defects.
WeldEye welding programme was acquired at the same time as the units, which has saved time and reduced the amount of paperwork. It has also resulted in smaller amount of paper spent on welding instructions, because instructions can now be prepared and electronically sent to the welding unit to be used by the operator of the unit. The units facilitate monitoring and measuring performance efficiency and level of welders’ skills, which will contribute to gradual improvement of our activities.
Our cooperation with Kemppi has had an excellent start and it has been mutually beneficial. For example, Aurajoki has supported Kemppi with surface treatment services and Kemppi has provided welding-related consultations in return.
Aurajoki Oy in co-operation with Turku Energia
Turku Energia and Aurajoki Oy have signed an agreement on the supply of power to the demand-side management market of the hot dip-galvanizing plant in Aurajoki Oy's four locations. Trading by Aurajoki Oy in the market of Finnish transmission system operator Fingrid was launched in September. With the help of demand-side management, the electricity consumption is adjusted to match the current situation of the electricity market and the electricity system.
Turku Energia works as a technical implementer and trading partner in the direction of Fingrid. Those participating in the demand-side management market are required to have at least 1 megawatt (MW) power and flexibility in terms of energy use.
- Reducing consumption is a significant way of reducing environmental impact rather than by constantly increasing production capacity. The demand-side management market allows different parties to participate in securing electricity consumption and production balance. At the same time, they make an environmental impact by reducing their consumption occasionally. The compensation obtained from the market is very encouraging, says Product Manager Kimmo Kuusinen from Turku Energia.
Within the Aurajoki Oy's demand-side management agreement there are four Aurajoki Oy's places of business: Aura, Lievestuore, Pirkkala, and Mikkeli, which provide sufficient power for the demand-side market. In a power supply situation, the electric power is dropped to a maximum of 15 minutes, after which the power automatically returns to normal. In this case, the demand-side management is so rapid that it has no effect on the production of hot galvanizing plants.
- As Finland's leading hot-dip galvanizer, the demand-side management is perfectly suited to our values. We believe that long-term profitability requires economic, social and environmental responsibility, and the environmental impacts of our products and services throughout the life cycle are taken into account so that the processes in place will impact the environment as little as possible," says Production Manager Tommi Pynnönen from Aurajoki Oy.
For more information:
Kimmo Kuusinen, Product Manager, Turku Energia
Tel. +358 50 5573 673
Tommi Pynnönen, Production Director, Aurajoki Oy
Tel. +358 40 5181 093
Aurajoki Oy participates in the Tampere Tram project
In spring 2018, Aurajoki Oy entered into a contract for manufacturing steel posts for the ladder model of electrification of tramway tracks under Tampere Tram project. The posts will be manufactured in our factory in Kannonkoski and hot dipped galvanized in Lievestuore. Due to the complexity and short term of the project, we invested in new welding equipment and purchased a light conveyor in order to ensure high quality and efficiency of finished products.
The project involves manufacturing 400 posts with total weight of approximately 300 tonnes. The height of posts ranges from 8.3 to 12 metres. Aurajoki Oy performs all of its duties under the project within 2018.
The first posts manufactured by us have already delivered at Teiskontie.
We now manufacture Infra steel structures also in Latvia
Aurajoki Oy established metal products company Auratec SIA in Daugale near Riga, Latvia.
This welding company specialises in the manufacturing of steel structures and holds EN 1090-2 certificate issued by Inspecta Suomi. Production activities in the new premises that were completed in April help to develop the services provided by Aurajoki Oy Infra for the markets in Northern Europe. The first projects of structures for power lines were performed during last summer and the first deliveries have been successfully completed.
For further information contact Mikko Arminen
Group's certificates have been updated
The quality and environmental certifications of Aurajoki Group have been updated to the newest (year 2015) standard level. We have also clarified our Personal Data Guidelines to meet the requirements of the EU's general data protection regulation.
Power station can be beautiful
The City of Vantaa rewards high quality and imaginative architectural artefacts with the Kehäkukka Award. The 2018 prize was awarded to the local power station Fingrid Länsisalmi, which is responsible for securing the electricity supply of Helsinki area.
The station's landmark is a 50-meter steel portal and the buildings of the station are clad with glass filaments.
The steel portions of the substation steel, including the landscape portal, are supplied by the Aurajoki Group.
Päivi Hakala appointed as CEO of Aurajoki
The Aurajoki board of directors has nominated Päivi Hakala as the new CEO for the Aurajoki Group, as of 3 April 2018. Since 2009, Hakala has held the position of Director, Power BU at Eltel Networks. Hakala’s work history includes executive roles in customer relationship management and service business for the building and construction company YIT.
“During the recruitment process, the board of directors sought the right person to lead Aurajoki and its clients on a continued path of growth. Päivi Hakala has extensive experience in leading different types of business units in demanding situations. She brings a lot of valuable experience to Aurajoki”, Arto Tiitinen says.
“In my role, I want to keep Aurajoki on a path of growth and profitability, and, together with skilled staff, strengthen the company as a service business”, Päivi Hakala says.
The Aurajoki Group specialises in industrial services for the metal industry. In 2017, the group had a turnover of €30 million and had 223 employees. The Aurajoki group has facilities in Aura, Kannonkoski, Lievestuore, Mikkeli, Pirkkala and Turku.
Aura, 4 April 2018
Chairman of the board
Aurajoki Group's new Security and Environmental Manager
Sanna Salo has been appointed Aurajoki Group's Security and Environmental Manager (HSE) since February 26, 2018.
Sanna will be responsible for the safety and environmental issues of all factories in close cooperation with local managers and other authorities.
New Production Manager in Aurajoki Pirkkala Oy
Sasu Puranen has been appointed as Production Manager at Aurajoki Pirkkala Oy since January 1, 2018. He also becomes a member of the workshop's management team.
Business Area Director
Aurajoki Oy's CEO changes
Aurajoki Oy's previous CEO Markku Mänki will focus on specific projects for the time being. Toni Casagrande has been appointed as the temporary CEO.
New technology manager in Aurajoki Oy
DI, IWE Timo Kettunen has been appointed as Technology Manager of Aurajoki Oy's engineering workshops since 1 May 2017. Timo is responsible for the quality management systems for engineering workshops, the coordination of welding and the development of production methods. Timo has previously worked as a product manager at Proxocon Oy, a subsidiary of Aurajoki Oy.
Business Area Director Tommi Kivinen, GSM +358 40 755 9958, infrastructure products
Business Area Director Jukka Rintala, GSM +358 50 307 6369, pressure vessels
New sales manager for the Baltic region
Aurajoki Oy's new sales manager for the Baltic region Joosep Poom has started working from 2.5.2017. Mr. Poom has previously worked in metal industry sales and production departments. Mr. Poom has experience with metal constructions and metal surface coatings.
Mr. Poom will be repsonsible for clients, projects and supervision in the Baltic states. Point of operation for Mr. Poom is Tallinn.
GSM +372 5852 9522
Skype +358 201 746 617
Maintenance break on week 8 in Aura and Mikkeli
Maintenance break on week 8 in Aura and Mikkeli.
Aura plant operates in one shift.
Mikkeli plant has a production break but reception and dispatch department are open from 7.00 - 15.30.
+358 201 746 418
+358 201 746 535
The new Environmental Protection Act (527/2014) and the new Environmental Protection Decree (713/2014) came into force on 1 September and 10 September 2014, respectively. The reform has brought the Environmental Protection Act up to date and in line with a more refined interpretation of the provisions of the constitution, and with the reformed legislation of the European Union. At the same time, some reforms have been implemented to improve the functioning of the permit and notification system of the Environmental Protection Act. With the new act, the monitoring of environmental permits has become subject to a charge, which results in significant additional costs for businesses.
The latest changes in legislation entered into force between 2014 and 2016, and they have influenced the running of daily business in our industry. In addition, the EU-level REACH regulation has tightened the requirements for the traceability of raw materials, increased the costs for the disposal of waste generated in our line of business, and made the requirements for final waste disposal sites stricter.
Hot-dip galvanising as an industry is a major user of electricity, and a change made to the Electricity Market Act in 2013 obligates electricity distribution companies to improve the safety and reliability of electricity distribution. A significant number of the related changes must be in place as early as 2019. For this reason, electricity distribution companies have started making significant improvements to their transmission networks, for example, through undergrounding. The costs caused by the actions taken to improve reliability will eventually be paid by the end customers using electricity in the area of each electricity distribution company.
For the reasons presented above, we will, as of 10 October 2016, introduce a separate environmental charge, which is calculated from the total invoice amount excluding tax, and added as a separate line on the invoice. The environmental charge is 3.3% of the total invoice amount, and the percentage rate is flat, regardless of the total.
During the past year, we have put a lot of effort into developing our expertise and our processes. An even better consideration of environmental issues and our responsible way of doing business will ensure fully competitive products for our customers in the future. Aurajoki is included in the Tilaajavastuu.fi portal (as a company that complies with the "Contractor's Obligations Act"[M1] ), which is an indication of the way in which we deal with our social obligations.
We will start applying the environmental charge to new orders and annual contracts as of 10 October 2016.
Achilles Live event in Oslo
Aurajoki Oy present at Achilles Live event in Oslo 21. - 22.9.2016. Seminars and networking concentrated on grid investments in Norway and Sweden.
Dear customers and partners,
Aurajoki Group stops sending and receiving faxes at the beginning of June 2016 due to the low use of this technology.
New foreman in Lievestuore factory
Mechanical and production engineer Timo Mäkipää has been appointed 4.4.2016 as Lievestuore factory foreman.
Timo has previously worked in Moventas Wind Oy as quality engineer.
Hot-dip galvanizing kettle renewal in Mikkeli
We renew the hot-dip galvanizing kettle of our Mikkeli factory.
The maintenance break starts from 11.30.2015 and hot-dip galvanizing will start again in 2016.
For more information, please be in touch with Tapani Särkkä (tel. +358 201 746 531, e-mail. email@example.com ) or Jouni Marttinen (tel. +358 201 746 535, e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reception of customer products operates throughout the factory maintenance break time on weekdays from 7 AM - 2 PM.
Our other factories are at your service normally throughout the service break.
New maintenance manager in Aurajoki Group
Marko Rossi has been appointed Aurajoki Group's maintenance manager since 11.01.2015.
Pressure vessel manufacturing will continue in Pirkkala
Dear Partner and Recipient,
Aurajoki Oy Group has concluded today October 9th, 2015 a trade agreement for acquisition of Gav Group Oy (www.gavgroup.fi) Pirkkala pressure vessel business. This business transfer as whole means to our customers and other stakeholders that there will be no interruption of the pressure vessel manufacturing. The business and present personnel will continue under of a new company Aurajoki Pirkkala Oy. The Company management invites partners to be part of new growth and development of pressure vessel business!
The Aurajoki Group's objective is to be a part of your value chain and part of your successful business.
We will inform more details regarding the progress of this business transfer on regular basis during the next few weeks.
In case of any concerns and for further information, please do not hesitate to contact undersigned.
Jukka Rintala, Head of SBU, tel +358 50 307 6369
Markku Mänki, Aurajoki Oy, CEO & President, tel +358 400 706 363