Koskisen Group03.11.2017

Agile partnership brings clear synergies

Kotkamills and Koskisen engage in considerable co-operation, as Kotkamills sells its laminating paper products to Koskisen and, in turn, acquires spruce logs, spruce chips and sawdust from Koskisen for its own production.

Kotkamills and Koskisen engage in considerable co-operation, as Kotkamills sells its laminating paper products to Koskisen and, in turn, acquires spruce logs, spruce chips and sawdust from Koskisen for its own production.

The director of Kotkamills’ industrial products describes the partnership with Koskisen at Koskisen’s Partnership Day.

The director of Kotkamills’ industrial products describes the partnership with Koskisen at Koskisen’s Partnership Day.

Kotkamills, a manufacturer of laminating paper and its further-processed products, sawn timber and consumer packaging boards, has worked closely with Koskisen Oy for many years. The foundation of the successful partnership is, according to Ville Seppälä, Director of Kotkamills’ Industrial Products Business Unit, the companies’ similar backgrounds and clear synergies. Seppälä says the companies complement one another with no overlaps.  

The companies achieve synergies when Kotkamills sells its laminating paper products to Koskisen and, in turn, acquires spruce logs, spruce chips and sawdust from Koskisen. “We have supplied Koskisen with various surface films for its plywood industry for many years now. We have been a major supplier of overlays for Koskisen, and that, of course, has been very important to our Imprex® business,” stresses Seppälä. He says the companies’ strong focus on customers and product development, as well as their similar values, are also perfectly aligned. “Our co-operation is very good and close. We have set common goals and we monitor them. Although ownership of the Imprex business will transfer to a third party at the start of November, we believe our co-operation will continue as before, in a manner that satisfies all parties,” says Seppälä. 

In a changing world, it is also important to react quickly. Seppälä praises the agile nature of the partnership and the open dialogue with Koskisen: “If questions or ideas come up, we just pick up the phone and things take off from there.” He sees many development ideas and joint opportunities ahead for the companies, adding, “We both have new ideas. The strength of our co-operation is highlighted particularly when great potential for moving forward together is found.” 

“In that kind of partnership, both parties are committed to long-term business development. Since a broader connection has been part of the discussions, it has also led to an increased understanding of each party’s business, as well as opportunities to find new solutions,” says Anna-Maaret Roppola, Koskisen Oy’s Procurement and Quality Manager. Roppola has been in charge of the co-operation with Kotkamills, and according to her, an essential benefit of the partnership is the mutual commitment and efforts to develop operations and products alike. “We have good, concrete examples of that – it shows as business growth,” she adds. 

Kotkamills is a responsible partner that manufactures innovative products created from wood, a renewable raw material. Kotkamills’ products are completely recyclable consumer packaging boards, high-quality special laminating papers and ecological wood products. The products are environmentally friendly, recyclable and safe to use. Kotkamills’ production is located in Kotka and Tainionkoski. The number of employees in the company has grown this year. Kotkamills has approximately 550 employees, most of whom are in Finland. Net sales in 2016 totalled roughly EUR 230 million. The company has made major investments in recent years, among the most significant of which is an ultra-modern consumer packaging board machine to replace the mill’s publication paper production. Kotkamills is the only manufacturer in the world that can manufacture easy-to-recycle consumer packaging boards that can be used, for example, as a raw material for disposable coffee cups, directly on the board machine, without a separate coating process. Responsibility and environmental matters are a day-to-day part of Kotkamills’ operations. The cornerstones of the company’s operations are customer focus, initiative and creativity, as well as caring for the environment, people and profitability.
www.kotkamills.com

Koskisen is a well-respected and international family-run company that has operated in the wood industry for more than 100 years. The company’s approximately 1,000 employees are united by their strong commitment to wood and customers. This is reflected in the company’s long customer and employee relationships. Koskisen’s net sales in 2016 amounted to EUR 264 million, and slightly over half of its production was exported. Koskisen Group comprises four business units:
- Panel Industry, which produces birch veneer and chipboard
- Sawn Timber Industry, whose most important products are spruce and pine sawn timber, and planed boards processed from them
- Housing Industry, which manufactures Herrala Houses for consumers, and timber elements, e.g., for the construction of wooden apartment buildings and additional storeys in apartment buildings
- Thin Plywood Industry, which produces birch veneer and thin birch plywood 
Koskisen Group also includes Koskitukki Oy, which handles Koskisen’s wood procurement and supplies forest residues to nearby power plants for bioenergy.
www.koskisen.com