The year of 2021 was time of strong growth. Turnover and operating profit reached their highest level ever in the KWH Group’s history.
The KWH Group and our four divisions Mirka, KWH Logistics, KWH Freeze and Prevex donate a total of € 25,000 to support various relief efforts in war-torn Ukraine. Most go to the Finnish Red Cross (FRK). Support is also given to Nada Nord ra, which arranges bus transports from Poland to Pietarsaari, Finland for women and children fleeing Ukraine.
Our division KWH Logistics is among the first in line participating in a development project where they convert the existing equipment from diesel to electric. The converting process starts with changing the power line of the equipment into a new one and continues by utilizing every part that is possible.
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.
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.
Oy M. Rauanheimo Ab and Outokumpu Shipping Oy have signed a contract for crane operations in the port of Tornio. The operations will commence in the beginning of year 2021.
The web page Vaasa Insider is publishing book about the KWH Group’s recent history for everybody to read.
The KWH Group´s year 2019 was marked by record investments which totaled EUR 135 million. As some of the investments will be completed in 2020, this year’s investments will also be high.
Most companies in Finland do not live to see their fifth birthday, but KWH Groups turns 90 years on August 28, 2019. Behind the success lies the ability to adapt the business to changes in the environment, a combination of ending such activities that no longer work and to invest in new niches with potential.
KWH Logistics, formerly known as Backman-Trummer Group, has renewed both its name and its brand.
The number of employees in the KWH Group grew by 269 on average in 2018. At the year-end, the Group had 2,241 employees. The plan is to recruit more than 100 new employees in 2019.