Ruukki modernizes Vimpeli plant’s bending machine: even better profile products for customers
February 16, 2023 8:20 CET 6 min read
Ruukki Construction, part of SSAB group, completed the modernization of the bending machine at the Vimpeli plant in Finland in January 2023. The modernization is part of the Ruukki-wide investment program and the Vimpeli Flow investment project that started in December 2021. The project aims to improve employee safety and efficiency, reduce plant emissions by improving energy efficiency, and to support Ruukki’s strategic target to grow sustainably together with customers by ensuring the high quality of customer deliveries.
At the turn of the year, Ruukki modernized the press brake that had been operating at the Vimpeli plant for more than 20 years to meet today's needs and requirements. The tandem press brake is used to make high-quality steel purlins and diverse profiles to meet the needs of construction customers. The investment is an important one for customers, as there are only a few similar tandem-type press brakes capable of producing 16-meter profiles in the Nordic countries.
"Now we are able to serve our customers even more flexibly and quickly. Bending enables us to produce highly diverse and high-quality profiles quickly. Modernization makes the machine safer, improves the dimensional accuracy of the products and enhances the energy efficiency of the process. The upgraded machine uses significantly less electrical energy in relation to the number of profiles produced and thus the carbon footprint of the product decreases. The investment guarantees that we will be able to offer our customers cost-effective and high-quality profiles for years to come," says Tapio Videnoja, Plant Manager.
Ruukki’s Vimpeli plant makes steel roofing products and serves construction customers mostly in Finland. The Vimpeli plant is in South Ostrobothnia and employs around 90 people. In Finland, in addition to Vimpeli, Ruukki also manufactures building products in Alajärvi, Kauhava and Joensuu.
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Tapio Videnoja, Plant Manager, Vimpeli plant, Ruukki Construction