Olavi Räsänen Oy, a member of OR Group, is Finland’s leading pallet manufacturer with an annual production of around 1.2 million units. OR Group’s product portfolio has included Koskisen sawn birch and special plywoods for decades.
- Founded 66 years ago, OR Group is a family business with a rich heritage. Koskisen and OR Group have co-operated since the acquisition of the Vilkon sawmill, when Vilkon had already been OR Group’s partner for a long time, says Materials Manager Timo Rahkola.
Koskisen Birch Products Industry, located in Hirvensalmi, is easy for OR Group to access logistically. The deliveries are fast and urgent commissions can even be delivered during the same day.
- In our experience, Koskisen plywood products are highly processed special plywoods, and we mainly use them for applications which require strength or moisture resistance from the panel surface. Koskisen’s sawn birch and plywood are also used by Parla Floor Oy, a member of the same Group, Savopak Oy, and a loudspeaker manufacturer using the KoskiPro special chipboard,”says Rahkola.
The one-man outfit, which started out as a producer of confectionery packaging, has grown over the years into a diverse company of some 300 employees and a EUR 50 million turnover. The varied portfolio of OR Group includes products related to packaging, transportation and warehousing: pallets, pallet collars, and wood and plywood packaging.
For builders and interior decorators OR Group offers high-quality parquet and solid wood flooring as well as interior panels. The company supplies the construction industry with components and sawn timber. High-end hi-fi-products are yet another item in the portfolio. The subsidiaries in charge of the production are Olavi Räsänen Oy, Parla Floor Oy, Savopak Oy and Parlatuote Oy. Around 50% of the production is exported.
According to Timo Rahkola, the factors behind Koskisen’s and OR Group’s partnership include close long-term co-operation, high quality products and competitive prices. After a longstanding customer relationship, both parties are well-acquainted with each other.
- We collaborate almost weekly with Raimo Kämppi, Harri Hanski or Heikki Kiesilä. The size of the orders varies according to the market situation, but deals are made all the time.
According to Koskisen’s Sales Manager Raimo Kämppi, the co-operation with OR Group has over the years involved all sorts of dealings regarding sawn birch.
- What is particularly positive for me is that this customer is based so close to us, says Kämppi.