Metalworking technology manufacturer Prima Power (Turin, Italy; Arlington Heights, Ill.) announced the opening of a new site in Seinäjoki, Finland. Finn-Power Oy—the company of Prima Industrie Group manufacturing Prima Power turret punch presses, combined machines, and systems—relocated its manufacturing plant and Tech Center previously sited in Kauhava into a new facility in Seinäjoki.
The 20,000-sq.-m. facility was commissioned by the Seinäjoen Yrityskiinteistöt (company owned by the City of Seinäjoki) and built by Lujatalo Oy for an overall investment of around 20 million Euros. The new factory was specially designed and built for Finn-Power Oy purposes, which rented it on a long-term basis.
The new location, already in operation since November, was officially inaugurated on March 21, 2019, in the presence of the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Paula Risikko, City of Seinäjoki Mayor Jorma Rasinmäki, Italian Ambassador Gabriele Altana, Prima Industrie Board Chairman Gianfranco Carbonato, the Managing Director of Finn-Power Oy Juha Mäkitalo, along with other authorities, international customers, partners, and press representatives. An open house dedicated to Finnish Prima Power customers took place the following day.
“For a company, it is a very rare occasion to have the opportunity to build a completely new factory,” stated Juha Mäkitalo. “We have now had that possibility and are very pleased and grateful for it. For Finn-Power Oy, the opening is also the occasion to celebrate its 50-year anniversary. A book on the history of the company was released at the opening event and it is one of our ways to thank all people who have worked for this company during its half-a-century journey.”
More than 250 guests took part in the two-day event, attending presentations and speeches and were accompanied through a guided tour of the innovative factory.
The new plant employs 400 people, equally divided between blue-collar and white-collar workers. As all companies of the Prima Industrie Group, Finn-Power Oy is strongly focused on innovation and 20 percent of the workforce is dedicated to research and development activities.
The Seinäjoki plant manufactures all Prima Power punching, punching/shearing, punching/laser-cutting, and automation equipment as well as systems for the global market. Around 450 machines and automation equipment are delivered from the Finnish factory annually.
The new premises consist of more than 20,000-sq.-m. and includes a production plant (13,530 m2), offices (5,585 m2), and a showroom (1,550 m2). Compared to the previous facilities, the production capacity in the new plant is increased by 40 percent, thanks to a 30-percent increase of the production space, improved internal logistics, modern technology, an increased height of the building, where tall storage systems can be assembled in all parts of the hall and hoisting of machinery can be easily performed with big cranes.
The high-energy efficiency building is built with the most innovative “green” technologies and equipped with an efficient heat recovery system, low-energy windows and solar panels. The part of the building hosting the offices was designed with a horseshoe shape to allow as much natural light as possible. A modern lighting system adapts to daylight so that the best possible working conditions are always granted. Compared to the previous facilities, there is a 40-percent reduction in heating energy.
“The unique experience in a comprehensive range of technologies and the global extension of our industrial and commercial footprint,” said Gianfranco Carbonato, “are primary strengths for our group. For this reason, I’m extremely proud to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Finn-Power Oy and the opening of this brand new, efficient and modern site. The decision of building a new plant for Finn-Power testifies our confidence in the future of this company, within Prima Industrie Group, in the new era of digital revolution and intelligent automation.”
The plant hosted 700 people March 23 for a “Family Day” where employees and their families celebrated the new location and the 50-year anniversary. Group management thanked them for the success accomplished as a result of their efforts and dedication.