History

Outokummun Metalli through the years

1980

Pekka Nevalainen establishes Outokummun Metalli Oy. The company focuses on project deliveries and maintenance of machines for the mining and process industry.

1984

Product development and manufacture of harvester heads starts. Sales co-operation begins with the Rauma-Repola forestry machine group (today John Deere Forestry).

1986

Manufacture of steel LPG cylinders begins in Outokumpu. Manufacture discontinued in the 1990s as production moves abroad.

1989

Development of harvester heads proceeds at breakneck speed in the late 1980s. The one hundredth harvester head, a model H750, is manufactured in December 1989.

1990s

Coming into the 1990s, Outokummun Metalli’s standing as an expert supplier of conveyor systems and storage tanks is established. Demanding projects are carried out for Finnminerals Oy, Outokumpu Oy and Enocell Oy, among others.

1991

Outokummun Metalli acquires New Firo piece positioning equipment for its product range. Manufacturing starts in Outokumpu.

1999

The one thousandth harvester head is completed – a model H758. The so-called third-generation harvester heads are launched half-way through the 1990s. Innovations include four driving wheels, four delimbing knives and multi-tree handling.

2000

Possibly the most demanding industrial project of the company’s history: the design, manufacture and installation of ore processing equipment in Outokumpu Oy’s Pyhäsalmi mine. The majority of the equipment was installed at a depth of 1,400 metres.

2003

A company specialising in harvester head product development, Waratah OM Oy, is established together with John Deere Forestry.

2003-04

New production and office premises are built in the Sysmäjärvi industrial area in Outokumpu and the old engineering workshop is renovated. Major machine investments are made in connection with the launch.

2007

The company’s founder and Managing Director Pekka Nevalainen becomes Chairman of the Board of Directors. Jarmo Paakkunainen is appointed as the new Managing Director.

2008

The premises are expanded again, making the total surface area of the Sysmäjärvi plant 7,000 m2.

2008

The industrial project and the New Firo piece positioning equipment business operations are transferred to a new company called Firotec. The piece positioning equipment operations will later continue at New Firo.

2009

Outokummun Metalli invests in energy wood harvesting by buying a share in Pentin Paja Oy. The company is known for its felling heads and stroke harvesters using the Naarva trademark.

2011

Koneosapalvelu Oy becomes Outokummun Metalli’s subsidiary through an acquisition, creating the Outokummun Metalli Group.

2011

The manufacturing of Koneosapalvelu’s Vahva grapples begins at Outokummun Metalli’s factory. The first grapple manufactured at Outokumpu is the Vahva B27.

2014

The first of the C-series of Vahva grapples are launched. The completely updated C-series is manufactured entirely at Outokumpu.

2015

The company celebrates its 35-year journey at the roundhouse located adjacent to the plant. Sysmäjärvi’s old roundhouse was renovated with the support of Outokummun Metalli.

2016

Outokummun Metalli’s ten thousandth harvester head frame is completed in July. The model of the harvester head is a John Deere H414.

2018

The extensive development project ROBSI (robotised crosslinking) materialises when the new automatic multi-robot cell is introduced. The welding cell is used to manufacture harvester head frames, with the H415 as the first model in production.

2018

Production management is extensively digitised in collaboration with our partner Collapick Oy.

2018

The factory’s internal logistics improve when the welding facility’s material warehouse and operations are moved to new premises.

2018

Outokummun Metalli’s 12,000th harvester head is finished. The harvester head is a Waratah H215E. This model is an efficient, next-generation debarking harvester head for processing eucalyptus trees.

2018

The year 2018 is a record year for our company. We achieve the largest turnover and annual production volume of harvester heads in our company history to date.

2019

The strong development approach in production now continues in machining, when the new OKUMA machining centre is commissioned alongside four existing machining centres.

2019

The company’s organisation structure is updated: welcome to Finance and HR Manager Sari Karhu, Quality and OHS Manager Janne Jääskeläinen, and Production Engineer Mikko Parviainen. Jussi Makkonen, the grand old man of the forestry industry, retires in December.

2019

The Group expands by two new companies in September, when Outokummun Metalli’s subsidiary Koneosapalvelu acquires Kithydro Oy (based in Kitee) and Hyprox Oy (based in Lahti).

2020

Outokummun Metalli Oy turns 40 on May 9, 2020. The time to celebrate will come later, as the coronavirus pandemic prevents gatherings.