Neles is optimizing its production operations and will commission a new production unit at its valve factory located in Vantaa, Finland. The project enables Neles to improve the availability and delivery times of its valve solutions and further develop the environmental performance of the Vantaa technology center. The new unit is scheduled to start operations in early 2022.
“Global business requires modern, efficient, and responsible production that adapts to customers’ needs and guarantees deliveries even in exceptional circumstances, such as that experienced throughout the Covid pandemic. In the past few years, availability, in particular, has become an increasingly critical factor for our customers, as confirmed by our annual customer survey. By developing our delivery processes alongside the production solutions, we can further improve the availability and delivery times of our products, while preparing for future needs,” says Timo Hänninen, Head of Valve Equipment Business Line, Neles.
Every year, a total of 130,000 valves, valve controls, and actuators are manufactured by Neles at the Vantaa factory for delivery to customers operating in different process industries around the world. The new unit will focus on the manufacturing of high-volume valve products. As a part of the project, the production process and the factory operating model will be optimized, especially from the perspective of project deliveries.
During the summer of 2021, a solar power station will be installed on the roof of the Vantaa factory to generate electricity for the factory’s operations. With a total of 2,250 panels, the solar power station will generate approximately 780,000 kWh of electricity in a year. This amount equals the annual electricity consumption of nearly 400 two-room apartments. By utilizing solar power, Neles will decrease its CO2 emissions by approximately 110 tonnes in a year.