The below mentioned appointments have been made at Valon Kone’s main office in Lohja, Finland:
M.Sc. (Tech.) Henrik Wikström (50) has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Valon Kone with effect from June 2020. Henrik has many years’ experience in international business and company management, good examples being Sioen Ballistics and the Savox Group.
Henrik says “I see excellent potential for Valon Kone’s future business development – especially taking into consideration the world-class products, broad sales channels, and the world’s best debarker specialists within the company. Based on this, it is my honour to take the company forward to the next level”.
Tomi Hassinen has been appointed as Vice President and Minttu Ristiniitty as Finance Director.
Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has begun constructing the most modern sawmill in the world in Rauma, Finland. The value of the investment is approximately 200 MEUR and the production at the sawmill is set to begin during 2022.
Valon Kone has been chosen as the debarker supplier for the project.
From the Finnish press release of Metsä Group: “Valon Kone Oy will supply two debarkers, which will be equipped with one debarking rotor and one butt-end reducing rotor. Feeding of logs into the debarker without a log gap is possible. Safe operation especially has been emphasized in design and construction of the machines.”
Valon Kone has invested in a new CNC machining center at the production plant in Lohja, Finland.
Uniport 6000 has a vertical carousel turning station and it allows machining of bigger parts of VK debarkers, like rotor rings and ring carrier frames.