Walki upgrades its multi-layer production line to further improve efficiency and safety

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Walki upgrades its multi-layer production line to further improve efficiency and safety

April 27, 2018 - 08:28
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ESPOO, Finland, April 27, 2018 (Press Release) -Walki’s revamped multi-layer line responds to the increasing demand from the insulation industry. The line has been in action since January.

The updated production line gears up Walki’s quality management and development with new and improved features, including measurement and camera systems, data collection and storage as well as analysis. Simultaneously, it has taken steps to further efficiency and safety.

“This investment allows for the production of new, more diverse products," says Kari Salminen, Executive Vice President, Construction. “A great example of this is Walki’s fire-retardant facings, which can be customised to match each client’s specific requirements."

For instance, the height of polymer layers can be verified at an unprecedented accuracy, thanks to modern technology. The line is also more efficient in producing thick multi-layer structures, responding to their significantly and continuously hiking demand.

The growth of the market for multi-layer materials in the insulation industry started showing signs a few years ago. For example, companies all over Europe are seeking for fire-retardant insulation solutions in order to provide their customers better safety both in products and working and living environments. With the help of Walki, these companies can significantly enhance the safety of their offering.

“Walki is already a market leader in this segment, and the investment further strengthens our position," Salminen explains. “It’s a core part of our business strategy to build our capabilities in multi-layer laminates."

"We are very serious about helping our customers improve their business, as that’s the way forward for us, too," Salminen notes.

The upgrade, which commenced in November and was completed in January, is the step number two in Walki’s series of investments in its Valkeakoski facility. In 2016, a new production line with the latest technology in quality measurement and process control systems was installed.

Salminen says that Walki’s existing customers have seen the investments as proof of the company’s commitment to developing construction business. For them, Walki is an innovative and reliable partner.

“We are very serious about helping our customers improve their business, as that’s the way forward for us, too," Salminen notes. “We want to create futureproof products that last through time, and both us and our customers need to be sure that they will meet standards in decades to come."