2018 in brief
Operating profit totaled MSEK 60 (47).
The operating margin was 6.6 percent (5.8).
Sales amounted to MSEK 913 (811).
Order bookings rose 18 percent.
Industrial products – positive earnings trend, focus on additive manufacturing.
Fluid Technology – improved earnings, investments in increased production capacity.
News in 2018 at a glance
The refractory segment is a growth area for Beijer Industri. The products in this segment are used as insulation in smelters and furnaces, such as in steel production. Beijer Industri also advanced its position in the steel industry through several new collaborations in 2018. At the same time, internal activities were undertaken. The company doubled its capacity in this production area through the addition of a new kiln. Floor space was also increased during the year.
In 2018, Tebeco increased its sales of grinding and deburring machines – a technology used for cleaning, brushing and grinding metal components. The company’s ultramodern grinding and deburring machines enhance the level of automation at customer sites and make manufacturing more efficient. They offer significant capacity and can handle pieces of metal up to nearly 1.7 meters wide.
Svebab has made investments and process improvements that have increased its manufacturing capacity for fire hoses by about 30 percent. Another machine has been installed at the company’s textile facility. The company has also carried out remodeling and process improvements in vulcanization, more than doubling its speed in this area of manufacturing. These changes have made it possible to scrap the company’s old, bulky and inefficient machines, thereby doubling its storage space. The work environment has also been improved.
A new type of collaboration has improved the service provided by Preben Z. Over the past three years, sales have increased between 20 and 30 percent per year. Service is now handled by blasting machines together with a local company. All assignments are coordinated by Preben Z, which is also responsible for any spare parts. The company’s collaborative partner is responsible for providing service at the customer site in Preben Z’s name. The final result is a concept that has significantly accelerated sales.
Lundgrens plans to laser mark its metal hoses, which are specially produced to meet unique customer requirements. Laser marking shows the manufacturer and the item number of the product. This makes it easy for the customer whenever a metal hose needs to be replaced. When a new order is to be placed, the customer simply reads the information on the laser marking and reports this to Lundgrens. The right hose is then located quickly and easily, saving time and reducing the risk of disruption. Lundgrens is one of few hose manufacturers in Europe to use this technology.
Beijer Industri’s “Nanokarb” product uses smart nanotechnology to reduce environmental impact, improve quality and generate savings for foundries. Sand castings are made of sand, bentonite, soot and water. Nanokarb contains ceramic nanoparticles and specially designed coal particles that drastically reduce the use of soot and bentonite. This generates savings. Using less soot also reduces VOC emissions. In addition, quality is improved considerably, which reduces the need for after-processing and scrapping of defective products. Nanokarb has been attracted considerable interest among Beijer Industri’s customers.
Karlebo is increasing its sales of cleaning machines that improve the work environment in foundries. When the foundry process is finished, excess material is removed. Cleaning is often performed manually, in a work environment with dust, noise and vibrations. Certain companies also employ subcontractors with labor from low-cost countries. With Karlebo’s automatic cleaning machine, this manual work is eradicated. The machine is easy to use and provides efficient cleaning and a better work environment. In 2018, a third machine was delivered to a single customer in Norway.
Tebeco’s grinding and deburring machines not only increase efficiency among customers, but also prevent occupational injuries. Grinding and other forms of surface treatment are largely manual processes that can put pressure on the body and result in strain injuries. With these fully automatic machines, the operators’ work becomes easier and more ergonomic. The metal components are now simply fed in at one end and collected at the other. In between, the machine takes care of cleaning, brushing or grinding.
Norspray has digitized parts of its storage solution that was launched in 2017. This makes inventory control easier. The storage facility comprises a container with consumables located at the customer’s site. Consumption was previously reported on paper to Norspray, which then provided the store with new goods every month. Information regarding consumption, refilling and invoicing is now managed using a mobile app, which is more practical for all involved.