FSP is taking a new painting line into use in 2019, which doubles its capacity in Poland.
”There is potential in Poland. The potential for business growth in Poland and the chance of new experience interests me,” says Business Director Jarno Huttunen.
In the summer, he moved to Poznań, Poland. His assignment is to supervise the new line investment will be implemented and the business in Poland continues its great development.
FSP has been operating in Poland since 2010. The direction has been upbeat since the beginning. A new painting line was taken into use in Stargard Szczeciński in 2015. The entire production line is already running at full capacity, and a new investment decision was made this year.
Both paint shops are located in Stargard Szczeciński. In the other paint shop the surface treatment is mainly done for the components for Cargotec and products for Hydroline Oy which is specialized in hydraulic solutions and cylinders. If needed, the paint shop also provides services for other customers in the region. In the other paint shop the surface treatment and sub-assembly service are done mainly for container handling equipment.
THE TURNOVER HAS ALMOST DOUBLED ANNUALLY
The business growth in Poland has been remarkable: the turnover has al- most doubled annually. With the new line investment there is more and more potential for growth.
”There are many large industrial com- panies in the country, so there is great potential for surface treatment. Many foreign and Finnish industrial compa- nies have operations in Poland,” Huttunen says.
”The central location is one of the advantages of Poland, practically it serves the whole Europe. The surface treatment potential in Poland is at least five times greater than in Finland.”
The quality of the work is one of the key factors of success in Poland. FSP ensures employees’ know-how and commitment. A tailored painting school will start this autumn. Employees who have passed the training will receive a FSP certificate. It points out that their professional skills pass the quality requirements agreed by FSP.
”In Poland my main task is to make sure that the growth is controlled and the pass through of investments succeed. Polish market is attractive, but it is good to not have your head in the clouds.”
In addition to Poland, Huttunen is responsible for the operational production in Finland and Estonia, as he did before moving to Poland.
”Due to the organizational change in the beginning of this year, I can change the focus of my work. It does not mean that the focus of the entire company will change. For example, we do not take the work from Finland to Poland but the business in Poland develops on its own. The new organizational model enables sharing of responsibility between myself and business unit managers.”
FSP IN POLAND
- Two branches in Stargard Szczeciński.
- As services: washing and cleaning, wet painting, subassembly, packaging, chemical pretreatment, blast cleaning with steel grid and powder coating.
- 53 employees (in 2015 less than 10 employees).
- Sales volume in 2017 1,1 MEUR, in 2018 approximately 3 MEUR, in 2019 approximately 4 MEUR.