Nordec was awarded a contractor safety award by Outokumpu for the DeepMine project in Kemi Finland. Nordec was manufacturing and installing the steel structures of a 100 meters high mining tower and auxiliary buildings. Nordec’s safety system and experience in handling safety issues in the project were noted by Outokumpu at the construction site of the Kemi mine.

Nordec’s safety system and experience were noted 

Outokumpu awarded a contractor safety award to Nordec for the DeepMine project. Nordec’s safety system and experience in handling safety issues in the project were noted at the construction site of the Kemi mine. Safety management and the implementation of safety work were also reflected in Nordec’s clear scheduling and cost management, which were considered being among the best in the DeepMine project.

“Nordec’s own safety system and the experience in handling safety issues have been noted as being a natural part of the normal routines at the site. It has not been a separate area, but the site manager has taken up the assigned safety issues with determination and taken the measures at the site,” explains Martti Sassi, President of Business Area Ferrochrome at Outokumpu.

Challenging structures and demanding conditions

Nordec was manufacturing and installing the challenging steel structures of the mining tower and auxiliary buildings in the DeepMine project. The construction work was started already in August 2019 and Nordec’s part of the project was finalized in June 2021. Nordec’s delivery included steel structures of a 100 meters high mining tower and auxiliary buildings, steel structures of a staircase and level structures. Nordec implemented the complex structures at the mine under demanding conditions. Installations were made mainly in the lifting tower, but some of the installations were underground up to 1 000 levels.

“One of the structures to be highlighted is the lifting tower’s staff staircase with a stair tower. That is a narrow, about 60 meters high stair structure with 275 steps. Another item worth mentioning, is the so-called hammerhead, a steel-framed, 10 meters-high ‘hat’ above the concrete structures of the lifting tower. Hammerhead was divided into four modules so that the capacity of the construction crane was sufficient to lift the parts into place,” states Kari Huttunen, Project Manager at Outokumpu.

Safety first in all operations

Nordec’s Health and Safety policy sets requirements for providing a healthy, safe and secure working environment for the employees, contractors and visitors in all the projects and operations. Safety played an important role especially in this DeepMine project with exceptionally challenging working environment.

“Working in narrow space in a mining environment made this project particularly challenging. Safety, logistics and consideration of other contractors have been very important. Thanks to the experienced project organization and installation team, we succeeded well in coordinating the work with the client and other contractors. We thank the client’s organization for creating a good working and safety environment,” says Project Manager Jaakko Nissilä from Nordec.

“We had weekly safety quarters as a regular part of our work at the construction site. We discussed all the current safety issues together with the workers at site, such as corona requirements, potential incidents at the site and other important topics raised by the contractor. We all are very happy and honored for this safety award. I want to thank all the workers and partners for the good cooperation and following the safety rules and instructions so carefully,” Nordec’s Site Manager Jani Keränen says gratefully.

Further information

Jaakko Nissilä, Project Manager/Nordec
jaakko.nissila@nordec.com
Tel. +358 41 543 898

Picture (Outokumpu): Jaakko Nissilä/Nordec, Pasi Parkkinen/Nordec, Martti Sassi/Outokumpu

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Nordec delivers a comprehensive solution to Järvenpää Bulevardikortteli block in Finland. This is a key project for the development of the city center of Järvenpää with the aim of bringing the services to a new level. Nordec’s delivery covers frame structures and facades for the office and retail building.

Comprehensive solution of frame structures and facades

Järvenpää Bulevardikortteli block is a key project, which aims to bring the services of the city center to a new level. The new city block will cover an office and retail building, a 20-storey tower building and two apartment buildings with about 300 apartments.

Nordec is responsible for designing, manufacturing and installation of the frame structures and facades of the office and retail building. The main contractor of the project is YIT. Total area of the 7-storey building with the frame structures is about 9600 m2 and the total amount of the facades is about 4600 brm2.

Optimizing the process from design to installation

Nordec manages the delivery of the frame structures and facades in the Bulevardikortteli block project from design to installation. That enables scheduling and implementation of all the project phases in the most cost-efficient way. The design, as well as project and production management, is managed via BIM-model.

“We have the capacity and competence for managing this kind of large-scale projects at Nordec. We have the expertise in design and manufacturing as well as in project management and installations. By using our own manufacturing in Finland and Poland, we can ensure that the whole process is well managed and optimized,” states Martin Westerlund, Project Manager at Nordec.

Efficient production and installation save time at site

Nordec manufactures all the steel structures and facades in its own factories. Facades are manufactured in Alavus factory in Finland. All the WQ and WB beams are manufactured at Ylivieska factory and composite columns, secondary elements and ventilation room structures at Nordec’s Oborniki factory in Poland.

Thermoelements are delivered as factory-ready elements, including pre-installed and listed windows, which ensures the structural functionality and that the elements are properly protected in terms of moisture. The installations of the frame structures will be started in July 2021 and the installations of the facades start in October 2021.

“Thanks to the factory-ready elements we can save time at the site. The casing can be closed quickly, and the heat can be switched on, so that the customer can get to the interior work as early as possible,” explains Markku Peurala, Project Manager at Nordec.

Facts about the project

Nordec expertise:

  • Design, manufacturing and installation of frame structures, facades, glass-aluminum windows
  • Design, delivery and installation of load-bearing roof structures
  • Installation of concrete elements
  • Steel-concrete composite frame, composite columns, WQ beams, secondary structures
  • Thermal cladding walls of the outer casing with aluminum windows and wooden windows supplied by the customer, aluminum-structured glass walls, surface cladding cassettes, ceramic tiles and PVP elements and exterior box-like canopy structures.

Size of the project:

  • The total area of the building with frame structures ~9600m2
  • The total area of the outer casing ~4600 brm2

Project period: 2021 – 2022
Client/Main contractor: YIT

Further information

Markku Peurala, Project Manager, envelope and roof structures/Nordec
markku.peurala@nordec.com
Tel. +358 40 579 4402

Martin Westerlund, Project Manager, frame structures/Nordec
martin.westerlund@nordec.com
Tel. +358 40 820 6973

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Nordec strengthens its position on the Swedish steel bridge market. The latest steel frame bridge was launched in Kalix Sweden in the end of May. Nordec was responsible for the manufacturing and installation of the steel structures of the Kalix bridge. Nordec is also currently working on several other bridge projects in Sweden.

Kalix bridge was launched

The steel structure of the Kalix bridge was launched with six different phases across the Kalix river. The first part of the bridge was launched in January 2021. The final launch on the opposite bank was completed in the end of May. The bridge is about 311 meters long and has approximately 1 000 tons of steel structures.

“Kalix bridge sections with inspection platforms were installed successfully, thanks to the very accurate workshop manufacturing. The final launch of the bridge took about six hours and went completely according to the preliminary plans. I want to thank the whole team for the excellent work,” says Victor Westö, Site Manager at Nordec, with satisfaction.

Precise production planning

Nordec was responsible for the manufacture, installation design and implementation of the Kalix bridge structures. All steel structures were manufactured at Nordec’s factory in Ylivieska Finland. These demanding bridge structures needed three parallel main girders due to the width of the bridge.

“The production planning of the demanding steel structures required excellent dimensional accuracy. The manufacture of support steels for inspection platforms installed with bolt joints was also particularly demanding in this project, due to the intermediate dimensions of several different cross-structures,” explains Esko Anttila, being responsible for the production planning at Nordec.

Extensive project was successfully completed

The Kalix bridge project started already in September 2020. Nordec participated in developing the design and implementation in close cooperation with main contractor NCC and designers.

“This extensive project was carefully planned and scheduled from the manufacture of steel structures at Nordec’s Ylivieska factory until the launch of the last part of the bridge structures. The construction project of the bridge progressed well on schedule, although the installation work mainly carried out in winter brought its own challenges to the installation, welding and surface treatment work,” Aki Viiliäinen, Project Manager at Nordec, describes the project.

Several ongoing bridge projects in Sweden

In addition to the Kalix bridge, Nordec has several other ongoing steel bridge projects at different stages in Sweden.

“We want to operate strongly in the Nordic market of the steel bridges. We have strengthened our foothold especially in the Swedish steel bridge market. Some of our bridge projects are in the planning phase and in other projects we are already in the manufacturing, installation and finalizing phase. In addition to the Swedish projects, we will soon deliver for example three bridges to Åland, which will be implemented in a very similar way as the steel bridges under construction in Sweden,” Heikki Wilén, Business Director at Nordec, sums up the great market outlook.

 

Further information

Heikki Wilén, Business Director/Nordec
heikki.wilen@nordec.com
Tel. +358 50 026 0570

 

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Nordec celebrates its first year of operation since the merger of the two companies in May 2020. Even though the year was quite challenging because of the Covid-19, Nordec managed to reach excellent results. The turnover of Nordec Group was over 191 million euros and operational EBITDA was some 11,3 million euros in 2020.

“I want to thank all our employees at Nordec who have worked hard and enabled these great results. We have successfully managed to combine two companies and brands into one company. Our employees have adapted to many new ways of working not only due to Covid-19 but also because of combining two business cultures together into one effective team,” states Kalle Luoto, CEO of Nordec.

Merger enables synergies

Nordec has been able to obtain synergies, first of all, by combining the operations, knowledge and long experience of Normek and Ruukki Building Systems and secondly, by becoming a part of the international Donges Group. Cooperation within the Donges Group has made it possible to serve all customers even better by widening the product portfolio and enabling cross selling in joint projects around Europe.

The processes in the five production facilities have also been streamlined so that each factory specializes in selected product groups. That has clarified the roles and processes in the whole production network. As part of the merger, Nordec also agreed to sell the production facility in Oulu. The sale of the production facility was finalized on 30th of April 2021. The segment-based organization structure has also brought synergies and enabled consolidation of the strong expertise for similar projects in each business area.

Significant projects ongoing

Nordec has had a very good start also for this year. There are many significant projects ongoing. Nordec has been strengthening the foothold in the logistics and warehouse construction sector, especially in Sweden. There are many large-scale projects ongoing such as the warehouse for Axfood in Bålsta, which is the biggest warehouse being built in the Nordic countries. Nordec is also the frame contactor in the big construction project of the distribution center for Coop Sweden.

The construction market looks very promising also in Finland. Because of the large range of products and solutions, Nordec has been able to gain extensive projects which demand expertise both in frame structures as well as in façade and roof structures. The new living city district of Oops Espoo is one good example of such a large-scale project being managed by Nordec this year.

More sustainable tomorrow

Sustainability and taking green values into account in all operations, is becoming more and more important in the construction projects in Europe. Nordec is investing in finding the best ways to minimize the carbon footprint not only in all the projects, but also in all operations. As one concrete step forward, Nordec has moved on to using renewable energy sources for the electricity in all five production facilities this year. The target is to find smart solutions to minimize the carbon footprint of each product and to increase the amount of recycled steel to be used in the coming projects.

“It has been a very good and eventful first year for us. We are on a good track. I am very delighted to see, how well the Nordec team has developed together. We will continue working in close cooperation with our customers to enable the best solutions for a more sustainable tomorrow,” states Kalle Luoto with confidence.

 

Further information

Kalle Luoto, CEO Nordec Group
kalle.luoto@nordec.com

 

The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority conditionally approved the acquisition of Ruukki Building Systems Oy by Donges Teräs Oy on 17th of April 2020. As a prerequisite for the approval of the acquisition, Donges Teräs Oy undertook responsibility to sell Oulu production facility from Normek Oy belonging to Donges Group to a third party that has the prerequisites for maintaining and developing its business. The divested part of the business is able to operate as an independent entity and carry out the total deliveries of different types of steel bridge structures and industrial structures.

The sale of the Oulu production facility has been finalized as of 30th of April 2021 to a business cooperative including Steel Group Pohjanmaa Oy with its owners Andament Group Oy and Sah-Ko Oy. Employees of the Oulu production facility will continue with the new owner with their current employment terms.

Details of the agreement nor purchase price of the business transaction will not be disclosed. ​​​

 

For further information of the transaction please contact CEO Kalle Luoto, kalle.luoto@nordec.com

 

One of the largest central warehouses in the Nordic countries is under construction for the food retail group Axfood in Bålsta Sweden. Nordec has an extensive role in the structural implementation of the construction project. Nordec’s ability to manage large-scale building contracts and strong expertise in projects in this sector are particularly important in this exceptionally extensive project. Nordec has a very strong foothold in the warehouse construction sector, especially in Sweden.

Nordec designs and delivers frame structures

The new 124,000 m2 central warehouse is under construction in Bålsta. The warehouse is equal to about 14 normal-sized football pitches. It is the largest single project for both Nordec and SS-Teracon, the partner responsible for the design of steel frames and hollow core slabs in the project.

The optimization of steel structures has been important for both the customer and the supplier. Nordec’s contract includes the steel frame of warehouse, designed, manufactured and installed, as well as the delivery of the hollow core slabs, façades, roof and the load bearing profiles. The warehouse is developed by NREP Logicenters.

Expertise in managing a large-scale projects

In such a large warehouse building project, the coordination of different design parts has required dedication and time. Sampo Haapoja, Business Area Manager  responsible for Bålsta’s project, believes that Nordec’s extensive operating model used in previous projects in Sweden brings a lot of benefits to the customer also in the Bålsta project.

“When the load-bearing frame and facade structures are integrated into a single project, the customer is relieved of the risks associated with coordination and contract interfaces. In this case, we are responsible for both the design and the installation, so that all products are installed on schedule and safely. The coordination of schedules in different parts of a project of this size, taking into account the stability during installation and other factors affecting the work, is such that us managing the whole project entity enables a peaceful night’s sleep for the customer,” explains Sampo Haapoja.

“The steel frame is only part of the whole in this project. Logistics management and security of supply are therefore the key factors in the fact that both our own and our partners’ deliveries have always been on time at the site. Our own installation team has been responsible for the frame installation. Our trusted long-term partners have been involved in the installation of the elements and of roofs, i.e. in the installation of heat and waterproofing,” Haapoja continues.

Strong foothold in warehouse construction in Sweden

Sweden is seen as an important market, especially in logistics and warehouse construction sector, due to its central location. Finnish expertise is appreciated in the field and Nordec has been very involved in this construction segment. “Bålsta will become one of the largest central warehouses of the food retail in Northern Europe. One important factor for getting this project has been Nordec’s experience and expertise in buildings of this sector. I dare to say that Nordec is the market leader in this segment. The results have spoken for us and a good reputation helps us with getting new projects continuously,” Haapoja says.

Bålsta’s new central warehouse will be completed in 2023. However, the contributions to the project by SS-Teracon and Nordec will be completed well before that. “We started work at the construction site in early June 2020 and the main structure is expected to be completed in June 2021. We just concluded, together with the client, that everything has progressed well so far. We are partly ahead of the timetable and there are no delays so far. High-quality planning at every stage is the basis for successful project management”, states Sampo Haapoja.

In addition to Bålsta, Nordec is implementing a new, large warehouse for the food supplier chain Coop in Eskilstuna Sweden. In the past, Nordec has played a key role in the construction of Coop’s central warehouses in Norway and Lidl in Sweden and has also implemented many warehouse and logistics projects of other industries.

 

Further information

Sampo Haapoja, Business Area Manager Single-storey, Nordec
sampo.haapoja@nordec.com
Tel. +358 40 507 8002

 

Source: Teräsrakenne Magazine, Arto Rautio, Suomalaisosaaminen kovassa kurssissa Ruotsissa,
Finnish Constructional Steelwork Association 1/2021, 44 vol, pages 30 – 34

 

Read the article on the Bålsta project published in Teräsrakenne Magazine 01/2021 (in Finnish)

Check also the previously published news on the Bålsta project

Nordec has signed a contract with TAB for the design and implementation of the frame structures of a new logistics facility in Sigtuna Sweden. Seamless cooperation with TAB and effective project management enable the delivery of the structures with a record pace.

 

Nordec will start cooperation with TAB (Tommy Allström Byggproduktion AB) in construction project of a large logistics facility in Sigtuna Sweden. The logistics facility is owned and operated by a Danish transport and logistics company DSV. Nordec is responsible for the design and build -delivery of the DSV logistics facility totaling 80000m².

Nordec will provide to the project the steel frame system, including the mezzanines of prefabricated concrete slabs, wall structures consisting of façades and partition walls and load bearing roof structure. All the frame structures will be manufactured at the Nordec factories in Finland, Lithuania and Poland.

Structures delivered with a record pace

Nordec is in charge of the project from design to implementation. Seamless cooperation with TAB and effective project management makes it possible to deliver all the structures with a record pace. The operations on site will start with raising of the frame structures already by the end of April. The logistics facility will be completed by the end of 2021.

“We are very happy to continue the good cooperation with TAB also in this construction project. This project demonstrates very well our ability to manage this kind of projects from design to implementation on a short notice”, states Sampo Haapoja from Nordec.

 

Further information

Sampo Haapoja, Business Area Manager Single-storey, Nordec
sampo.haapoja@nordec.com
Tel. +358 40 507 8002

Magnus Thelm, Sales Director, Nordec
magnus.l.thelm@nordec.com
Tel. +46 (0)709 833 412

 

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As of 23rd of March, Kalle Luoto has been appointed and accepted by the Board as the new CEO of Nordec Group. He will work with the management and the organisation of Nordec in order to take the business and operations forward to the next level as part of the Donges Group.

“We are convinced and excited about the opportunity to shape the next steps with Kalle Luoto who has proven his commitment and passion to develop the group in many opportunities. We are eager to walk the path to an even stronger Nordec Group alongside with Kalle Luoto”, says Peter Brechtelsbauer, CEO of Donges Group.

The former CEO of Nordec Petri Nieminen has left the group as of 22nd of March 2021 to pursue other interests. Donges Group and Nordec Group wish to recognize Petri’s valuable contribution and effort made to the development of the business that now constitutes the entire Nordec Group. We want to thank Petri for his contribution over the years and wish him all the best for his future endeavors.

 

For further information, please contact CEO Kalle Luoto, kalle.luoto@nordec.com


Nordec has been heavily involved in the design and construction of the new city district OOPS in Leppävaara, Espoo. Nordec has brought excellence to the project in design, manufacturing and installation of frame structures and facades. The OOPS project follows Europe’s leading BREEAM environmental classification system for construction, which requires all project actors to take the principles of sustainable development into account at each stage of the project.

 

Nordec has been involved in the Oasis of Professionals (OOPS) construction project in Espoo since the design of the structures of the whole. Nordec has been responsible for the design, manufacturing and installation of the frame structures and facades such as thermo elements, cladding, roof structures and glass-aluminum windows. Nordec has brought its strong expertise to the value chain of the entire project and has thus been able to enable optimal use of materials and compliance with the principles of sustainable development throughout the value chain from the design onwards.

Sustainable solutions play a very important role in the project

In the upcoming OOPS city district, office space, business premises, accommodation services, restaurants and other services form a close-up community. Sustainable solutions play a very important role in building a new kind of urban environment. The project complies with the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), whose high Excellent level sets requirements for both the choice of materials used in the project and the use of materials. Building materials must be as long-lasting, recycled and environmentally friendly as possible. The durability and energy efficiency of buildings throughout their life cycle is seen as very important.

“It is great to be so extensively involved in implementing the OOPS construction project and a completely new urban environment. The BREEAM Excellence environmental certificate strongly communicates the environmental friendliness of the project. This project also supports Nordec’s values and our goal as a responsible actor is to adhere to the principles of sustainable development in all our projects. In the OOPS project, we have been responsible for the design, manufacturing and installation of the frame, facade and roof structures. In this way, we can use our solutions to influence the life cycle of the entire project, such as optimal use of the material, the cost-effectiveness of the project and also the service life and energy efficiency of the final building”, states Samu Pokela, Design and Sales Manager at Nordec.

“In the project we paid particular attention to the moisture engineering design and implementation of structures in terms of the outer mantle. All thermo element structures were made as factory-ready elements, where wooden and aluminum windows were installed in the factory with their trimmings. This ensured the technical operation of the structure. In addition, these prefabricated structures are affordable from an environmental point of view”, Markku Peurala, Sales Manager at Nordec explains.

The first office buildings A and B will be completed in August 2021 and the next buildings are already under development.

Facts about the OOPS Project (Buildings A & B)

Nordec expertise in the project:

  • Design, manufacturing and installation of frame structures
  • Installation of concrete elements
  • Design, manufacturing and installation of facades, glass-aluminum windows and roofing

Size of the project:

  • Total area 20 000 m2, 14 storeys
  • Area of thermo elements 8432 m2
  • Glass-aluminum facades and sunroof 1800 m2
  • Facade clads 7774 m2

Project period: 2019 – 2021
Total value of the project: over 6 M€
Contractor: NCC Property Development Oy
Client: NCC Suomi Oy
Architect: Cederqvist & Jäntti Arkkitehdit Oy
Structural engineering: A-Insinöörit Suunnittelu Oy

 

Further information

Samu Pokela, Design and Sales Manager of frame structures/Nordec
samu.pokela@nordec.com
Tel. +358 50 385 4192

Markku Peurala, Sales Manager of facade and roof structures/Nordec
markku.peurala@nordec.com
Tel. + 358 40 579 4402

 

Read the article in Finnish

More information on the OOPS project can be found in the article of Teräsrakenne Magazine 2/2021

 

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