Levypinta’s choice of adhesive for demanding applications
Levypinta Finland’s products are designed to endure extreme wear. Kiilto supplies a suitable adhesive for these products straight from the factory.
"Kiilto has been involved since we began producing boards. The co-operation between our companies works well now and will continue to do so in future. There are plenty of adhesive suppliers in the market, but we wanted to choose a domestic product with guaranteed delivery", says Juha Uusitalo, Managing Director of Oulu-based Levypinta Finland Oy.
Founded in 2013, Levypinta manufactures products to be used in locations that require surface materials to sustain a lot of wear. The company manufactures laminated furniture boards for specialist furniture industry manufacturers, who in turn supply furniture to hotels, schools, hospitals, nurseries and other public locations, as well as to the shipbuilding industry.
As a basis for its products, Levypinta uses boards supplied by the Finnish companies Koskinen Oy and Formica. Chipboard, MDF board or birch plywood coated with laminate are used to form the structure of the products.
The right product for the right location
Levypinta runs two coating lines, where laminate is glued by using Kiilto’s Kestopress 3200 V adhesive.
"The adhesive has been specially developed for laminating and veneering. The adhesive meets the criteria for water-resistance and indoor air quality, and is suitable for the company’s production cycle in terms of open time, pressing time and temperature. The right product and the right process were found through a trial run", says Timo Ahonen, the Oulu region Regional Manager for Kiilto Oy.
The process must be agile as Levypinta processes hundreds of thousands of square metres of boards annually. Production is mainly carried out in Finland and is growing steadily.
"We started operating in 2013, when we had one employee. At the moment, the company employs 11 people. The turnover in 2015 was 3.3 million euro", says Uusitalo.
Starting the collaboration was easy as Ahonen has known the key people at Levypinta for almost 20 years.
Fluent and agile processes
Production runs 52 weeks a year, and Kiilto supplies Levypinta 1–2 adhesive containers weighing 1,000 kilos on a weekly basis.
"Adhesive is not stored, it’s always supplied freshly made from the factory. Containers are delivered to Oulu directly from the factory in Lempäälä. The customer orders the products directly from the Kiilto order centre, making the process quick and easy and eliminating the need for a third party", says Ahonen.
The co-operation has become efficient and flexible very quickly.
"We do have meetings when necessary, but when everything is running smoothly, there’s no need to meet", jokes Uusitalo.
However, if there is such a need, communication between the companies is well-maintained, and the Kiilto sales office is only one kilometre away.
The fact that we have a domestic supplier with a well-functioning R&D department and laboratories is very beneficial. When issues arise, it’s good to have your partner close.
Kestopress 3200 V
- Kiilto's Kestopress 3200 V is a PVAc adhesive that meets the requirements for D3 water-resistance and the IMO Part 5 fire classification, which is specific to the shipbuilding industry. In addition, the adhesive fulfils the Finnish M1 indoor air quality classification.
- Kestopress 3200 V is ideal for fast pressing, especially when laminating, veneering and when using a heatpress.
Photos: Timo Heikkala