The KWH Group has donated Åbo Akademi university and Svenska Handelshögskolan (Hanken) university both EUR 10 000 to their funding campaigns. They both have campuses in Vaasa. Hanken’s donation is for the university in general and Åbo Akademi’s donation is allocated to technics.
In this year’s Talouselämä 500 survey, the KWH Group is the 120th largest company in Finland in terms of turnover. Our ranking has improved with one place since a year ago. Among others, Valmet Automotive and Schenker were placed after us. Among family businesses, we are ranked 14th largest in terms of turnover.
Prevex has been working hard on a major brand reform last year. The goal has been to create a modern brand that reflects the professionalism of the company. The guiding principles were the desire to continue to grow and the need to find new markets in Europe.
The KWH Group is restructuring the KWH Logistics division. Fr.o.m. 1.6.2021, KWH Freeze and KWH Logistics will become two separate and independent core divisions.
Mirka has finalized the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Superabrasive Dressing Rolls manufacturer URMA Rolls s.r.l.
The KWH Group was also hit hard by the Covid 19 -pandemic in the Spring 2020, but the situation improved sharply towards the end of the year. After the crash in the spring, our operations recovered strongly, operating profit was better than last year, and sales fell only by two per cent.
From this year on The KWH Group buys Guarantees of Origin (GOs) for electricity. It guarantees that all the electricity used by our Finnish subsidiaries are produced with hydropower. The guarantees cover all the electricity used since the beginning of 2021.
Major changes are taking place in KWH Logistics’ management this spring.
The current Head of Division of KWH Logistics and CEO of Oy Backman-Trummer Ab, Hannu Uusi-Pohjola, will move forward into retirement as of 1.5.2021. Forestry engineer, MBA Joakim Laxåback has been appointed his successor.
The KWH Group is one of Finland’s Strongest companies according to a credit classification by Suomen Asiakastieto. Therefore, we have been granted the Strongest in Finland Platinum certificate.
Mirka® AIROS is the first smart electric sander for robotic sanding applications. Integrated with OEMs’ robotic systems or collaborative robots it can carry out intensive, high workload sanding, where precision and minimal maintenance is critical.
Bachelor of Laws Teresa Laine-Puhakainen has been appointed lawyer in the KWH Group’s legal department from August 10, 2020.