Koja’s new fan factory is well underway in Tampere
Our new fan factory is rising rapidly on our Tampere site, and the biggest investments in Koja’s history are becoming reality. Who wouldn’t stop to see what’s going on at the Lentokentänkatu site? Designed for the building of new and in particular large fans, the factory is scheduled for completion by late summer 2017.
Koja’s board decided on the building of the new factory on the Lentokentänkatu site in June 2016. Koja aims to succeed by investing in expertise and production technology in Finland, and by focusing on improving its competitiveness. Construction of the factory began in August. The surface area of the new factory will not be much bigger than the existing one: the new factory will be about 7000 m2 in size. However, the other dimensions of the building will grow: the outside height will be 16 m and lifting height 10 m. Lifting capacity will be a maximum of 40 tons.
Head of process fans Juha Niskanen emphasises that to be able to build even bigger fans than before, they will also be investing in production technology.
“Of course the aim of the investments is to improve productivity and significantly shorten lead times. The continuous improvement of quality is also important. At the same time, the new premises and equipment will grow our production capacity significantly, and will enable the production of fans on a totally new scale.”
Sizeable investments in machinery and equipment will be made for the new factory as well as other production-related development projects. The investments are aimed at the machines and technologies needed for the production of large fans. Also of importance are the comprehensive development of welding techniques through the use of smart welding processes and added automation.
R&D engineer Pauli Harju has played a significant role in planning the factory and executing it in practice. The production personnel have also been heavily involved.
“It’s interesting and motivating to participate in such a big project. A large and important part has been the smooth flow of materials, as well as functional and ergonomic workstations. The opportunity to work together with production experts has been particularly important and the intention is to continue doing so until the end of the project,” says Pauli.
The new factory is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer 2017, when the moving of the new machines and production from the old hall to the new one can be started. In addition to production, the new factory will also house modern offices.