Eco-mindedness brings Ahola and Kuusakoski together
Responsibility is one of Kuusakoski Recycling’s core values. This is why Kuusakoski expects sustainable solutions, not just in its own production but also in its transports.
Vice President Logistics Kristen Heinonen from Kuusankoski wants the strong co-operation with Ahola to continue.
Today’s world places ever greater requirements on all forms of transport. Punctuality, effectiveness, safety and good employment terms are factors that have long been close to Ahola Transport’s heart and something required by many of its customers.
Some customers, however, have additional requirements, due to ethical reasons. One of these customers is the Finnish recycling company Kuusakoski. With its business concept focussing on recycling waste and waste products, Kuusakoski expects eco-mindedness throughout its production chain. The process includes environmentally friendly transports of both the incoming material and the recycled material. To achieve this, Kuusakoski elected to work with Ahola Transport already in the early 1990s.
“We chose Ahola Transport as a partner because they meet our needs at all of our service locations around Finland. Ahola also has sufficient transport capacity suited to our needs,” says Krister Heinonen, Vice President Logistics at Kuusakoski.
Thanks to Ahola’s strong presence in the Nordic countries and the Baltics, in addition to optimised and effective transports,Kuusakoski selected Ahola as its long-distance transport company.
“Ahola Transport is our partner in international road transports,” explains Heinonen.
Over the years, the two companies have grown together and Kuusakoski has chosen to increase its collaboration with Ahola Transport, both in Finland and abroad.
“Our collaboration has expanded to Sweden and to Central Europe. We have a long-standing partnership that has grown and developed through the years,” says Heinonen.
Kuusankoski recycles aluminium in Heinola near Lahti, Finland. Ahola transports the finished products to customers in, for instance, Sweden.
For Ahola Transport, Kuusakoski is a significant customer and they are happy to develop their services for the recycling company.
“Kuusakoski is an important piece of the puzzle and adds to the variety in our goods flow,” says Key Account Manager Johan Grönroos from Ahola Transport.
According to Grönroos, improvement is always the goal. He appreciates the way Ahola and Kuusakoski can continuously discuss improvements, both openly and constructively.
“I hope that we can continue to develop and expand the collaboration, and have an open dialogue to try and find solutions and cater to Kuusakoski’s needs,” says Grönroos.
According to Krister Heinonen, one of Ahola’s strengths is its ability to stick to schedules. Heinonen also praises Ahola’s transport capacity and preparedness.
“Ahola manages to meet our needs by, for instance, offering suitable transport capacity,” he says.
He is also satisfied with how Ahola responds to situations where Kuusakoski wishes to supplement its deliveries with temporary and smaller deliveries.
“Ahola is able to meet our need for SPOT deliveries effectively and quickly,” says Heinonen.
An even more important reason to choose Ahola is its modern fleet of trucks and its effective and eco-friendly logistics. These issues are decisive because Kuusakoski requires an environmental load as low as possible. According to Heinonen, Ahola meets these demands both in terms of logistics and eco-mindedness.
“Its fleet of vehicles is modern and fuel-efficient,” he says.
Great minds think alike
Kuusakoski places high demands on its transport companies for several reasons. A large volume of goods and many transports take place on the roads and by sea each year, including bulk and packaged goods.
“We have 250 vehicles driving for us in Finland annually and we transport around two million tonnes of material,” says Heinonen.
To ensure that it all takes place as effectively and ecologically as possible, both well-planned logistics and the right partner are needed.
Kuusakoski has worked long to ensure that its transports are as effective as possible. Among other things, it has located its reception terminals as optimally as possible in order to avoid unnecessary transports and improve existing ones, but, in the end, what they need is a good transport company.
This is why Kuusakoski places demands on the vehicles used by the transport companies. They need to meet the Euro 6 emission standards and be fuel-efficient. The transport companies also need to be environmentally certified under ISO 140001. Ahola Transport appreciates the high standards.
“Just like Ahola Transport, Kuusakoski is very eco-minded and together we work to achieve effective eco-friendly transports,” says Johan Grönroos.
Krister Heinonen is certain that Ahola and Kuusakoski will continue to work together for recycling and the environment.
“Ahola will continue to be a significant partner for Kuusakoski,” he concludes.
From Kuschakoff to Kuusakoski
• Kuusakoski Oy has come a long way from its beginnings as a junkyard in Vyborg (now part of Russia) in 1914 to its current position as Northern Europe’s leading industrial recycling company.
• The company was founded by the 25-year-old Donuard Kuschakoff in 1914, who started out by collecting waste metal, iron and waste fabrics with the purpose of sorting and refining them for industrial use.
• Material shortages during WWI were reflected in increased demand for recycling and Kuschakoff’s business grew.
• The Kuschakoffs changed their family name to the more Finnish-sounding Kuusakoski in 1934.
• The company relocated to Helsinki in the early 1940s, just after war broke out. In 1961, the company’s name was changed to Kuusakoski.
• After the war, Kuusakoski was given the job of scrapping surplus of metal junk and the war equipment that Finland had to scrap according the Paris Peace Treaties.
• The strongest periods of growth were Finland’s post-war decades of industrialisation and the time of its entry into the international market from the 1970s to the 1990s.
• Today, Kuusakoski Group has activities in 11 countries, a turnover of some EUR 500 million and employs almost 2,400