Mika Lehmonen started working at Koskisen in early 2016 as Export Manager for redwood sawn timber. Koskisen gained considerable marketing and product knowledge related to sawn timber sales, as well as experience in sales planning all in one go. And reinforcing Koskisen’s operations in Germany is Sales Manager Lutz Noeske, who works in close proximity to our central European customers. Both men bring with them solid international know-how, as well as a respect for and commitment to Finnish timber.
Mika and Lutz both have high praise for the quality of Finnish sawn timber. A tree that grows slowly in a harsh climate is first-rate material and in high demand.
“Since trees grow more slowly in Finland, the resulting sawn timber is stronger than the timber produced in Central Europe,” confirms Lutz. According to Lutz, there is a clear difference between Finnish and German timber, and the difference is appreciated in the German market. Demand is high also in other countries.
for example, there are a lot of exports to the Far East,” Mika points out.
“During my time at UPM, I worked at the Seikku Sawmill in Pori at three different periods, in addition to the UK and French sales offices, the Alholma Sawmill in Pietarsaari, and at the head offices in Lahti and Tampere,” Mika lists.
Lutz joins Koskisen from one of Germany’s largest timber wholesalers, Klöpfer Construction, where he worked in sales. Prior to that, he worked at HCW in Austria, handling sales tasks in the German market. Lutz’s career in timber began in 2007, when he worked at Holzimport Warncke.
“I am grateful that I had the opportunity back then to enter the world of wood,” says Lutz.
Mika describes Koskisen as a small and agile organisation with a pleasant work atmosphere and nice colleagues. Lutz says this is his first time working for a Finnish company, and he praises Finns as social, nice and helpful colleagues, employers and people.
“Finns really have their own mentality and working culture that differs from the German way of doing things. I won’t say which is better and which is worse, just that they are different,” says Lutz with a laugh.
Mika says he engages in traditional Finnish recreational sports. Among his hobbies, Mika includes living in a detached house built in the 1970s, which involves plenty of upkeep. He is also a musician, playing the clarinet and saxophone in a big band, for instance. Just like Mika, Lutz is also kept busy with maintaining his house and an allotment garden. He also does sports and spends a lot of time being active outdoors with his two dogs.