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Versatility and flexibility are strengths in Pori Surface treating steel pipes under Esplanadi Bridge renovation in Central Rovaniemi

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Surface treating steel pipes under Esplanadi

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FSP Finnish Steel Painting Oy is one of the leading industrial surface treatment and value-added service providers in Northern Europe. Instead of the traditional surface treatment work, our future focus areas will be more on developing our production and services and offering new techniques and technology. As a result, our customers gain advantages such as improved competitiveness required in market leadership. We strictly adhere to quality, occupational safety, health and environmental (QHSE) requirements. FSP employs over 240 professionals in about 20 surface treatment facilities in Finland, Poland and Estonia, and has a turnover of around €22 million.

For Surface Protection is the stakeholder magazine of FSP Finnish Steel Painting Oy, published three times a year. Content and visual design Viestintätoimisto VCA Oy. Printing house: Savion Kirjapaino Oy Cover photo: Kai Filppula Headquarters Kalliosolantie 3 FI-01740 Vantaa www.fspcorp.com

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Yesterday’s methods aren’t up to tomorrow’s tasks In the first months of the year, we have made remarkable breakthroughs. I will highlight three of them. Firstly, industry and working methods are undergoing a substantial upheaval. This is why we have, in addition to traditional surface treatment services, been paying ever greater attention to developing our production and services and offering new methods and technologies. One of our most popular growth services has been polyurea, made for extreme conditions. In the early part of the year we had orders from Rauman Meriteollisuuskiinteistöt Ltd. and Cramo Finland. Representing the former, Mr. Mikko Tapani described the benefits of polyurea as follows on page 14 of this magazine: “Polyurea was our first choice thanks to its efficient insulating properties, resistance to wear and cleanability.” Secondly, this year has also brought us significant project orders. Pages 10–12 present a project that entails surface treating the 400-metre-long Ounaskoski rail and road bridge in Rovaniemi, northern Finland. This is the largest Finnish bridge project order in company history and one of the most notable investments of the year in Rovaniemi. The main contractor, Destia Rail, chose FSP thanks to our large size, previous positive experiences and solid know-how. The early part of the year also saw us carry out the surface treatment of steel pipes 50 metres below Helsinki’s Esplanadi, in the centre of Helsinki, under tunnel conditions. The client was energy company Helen, which is building a second large, industrial scale heat pump plant in Helsinki. Thirdly, an ever-faster moving industry requires flexibility along the entire production chain. The surface treatment process must not only get started very quickly but it also has to be completed according to the agreed schedule, before the next phase of the works can begin. In conclusion, success in industry today requires increasingly specialized methods and technologies, which need to be delivered increasingly fast – and without compromising quality or supply security. We are well placed to succeed even against the backdrop of industrial upheaval. Dear reader, I now invite you to turn the page and familiarize yourself with our case studies and breaking company news. And do not hesitate to get in touch if you are in the market for a smart and reliable partner, who is always ready to help.

Helpfully yours,

Pentti Virtanen CEO FSP Finnish Steel Painting

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surface treatment in Pori CASE

IN THE PAST FEW YEARS FSP HAS DELIVERED SEVERAL CHALLENGING SURFACE TREATMENT PROJECTS BOTH AT THE KARJARANTA SURFACE TREATMENT FACILITY IN PORI AND AT THE SATAKUNTA PROJECT BUILDING SITES IN WESTERN FINLAND. THE PROJECTS HAVE INVOLVED A WIDE RANGE OF SURFACE TREATMENT AND FIREPROOF COATINGS FOR THE ENGINEERING SECTOR.

Reliable supply and high quality IS Works’ core expertise is in a wide range of demanding disc, welding and machining works. In the past year, the company has ordered surface treatment for marine industry and power plant components from FSP. These components will be used in demanding conditions. “Everything has gone very smoothly. The surface treatment has been done with us in mind and our needs

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FSP supervisor Joacim Eklund says one of the strongest competitive advantages in Pori is the large lifting capacity, over 16 tonnes, of the surface treatment facility. For this reason, the premises make moving and surface treating large, long pieces possible. The premises are the largest in Karjaranta, Pori, in which surface treatment can be carried out. “A special feature in this Norsok-approved facility is that there are cranes at both ends of the surface treatment line. Flexibility is without a doubt one of our strengths. We can take charge of the surface treatment either at the location of the project or in the surface treatment facility at very short notice,” Eklund says. One of FSP’s most satisfied clients in Pori is the full-service turnkey engineering company IS Works Oy, which manufactures spare parts and components that industrial clients need for maintenance and servicing. The company, founded in 1999, has cooperation with Finnish machine-builders and equipment manufacturers. FSP has surface treated airport snow ploughs for Fortaco at the Pori facility.


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When asked about FSP’s strengths, Marko Hedman (right) appreciates flexibility and the quality in documentation and reporting. Joacim Eklund says one of the strongest competitive advantages in Pori is the large lifting capacity.

have been met. We appreciate the smooth processes, documentation and reporting. The reports for the surface treatment documentation have arrived on time,” says IS Works production designer Marko Hedman. “What was originally agreed was done. The reliability of supply and work quality have met our expectations,” Hedman says.

FSP has also done fireproof coatings for construction contractors in Pori. One of the most recent new clients is Skanska, which has built a new five-storey building at the Satakunta central hospital. FSP’s task was to carry out the fireproof coating works for the framework of this building’s ventilation machine room. The building will go into use gradually in early 2019. One of the more unusual projects last year involved birch plywood board coating work for the Sastamalabased Riga Wood Finland Oy. This is a 100%-owned subsidiary of Latvijas Finieris. Latvijas Finieris is one of Europe’s largest producers of birch plywood. FSP coated the birch plywood, which Riga Wood Finland then worked further into non-skid devices, among other products. In Pori, surface treatment projects have included corrugated tin plates for SSV Tanks, a range of parts for Valmet, airport snow ploughs for Fortaco and combine harvester parts for Sampo-Rosenlew.

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Fireproof coatings for construction companies

In Pori FSP has carried out fireproof coatings for construction contractors.

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Surface treatment of steel pipes

50 metres below Esplanadi CASE

IN SUMMER 2018, THE ENERGY COMPANY HELEN WILL START USING TWO MASSIVE HEAT PUMPS 50 METRES BELOW ESPLANADI IN THE CENTRE OF HELSINKI. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT FSP WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SURFACE TREATMENT OF THE HEAT PUMP PIPELINE.

This is a significant investment in renewable energy in which Helen is building its second large, industrial-scale heat pump facility in Helsinki. The pumps will provide both district cooling and district heating for residential and commercial buildings in the Helsinki region. The two huge new heat pumps will increase Helsinki’s district cooling capacity by recycling heat that would otherwise be wasted and transferring it to the district heating network. When heat can be produced through recycling, less of it need be generated from fossil fuels. Eero Kaartokallio, project manager at Helen, is happy with the partnership with FSP during the construction project. This extensive Helen construction project began with planning and equipment procurement in 2016, after which the project proceeded to the busy construction stage in autumn 2017. FSP joined the project as a surface treatment provider at the start of 2018.

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Each heat pump entity is 11 metres long, about 6 metres wide and about 5 metres high. “The main function of surface treatment is to protect the heat pump’s steel pipes from corrosion, or, in other words, to prevent rust. In underground steel pipes there is a large temperature difference between the inner and outer surfaces, which means there is a risk of condensation on the surface of the pipes. In addition to surface treatment, tight insulation is also used to prevent condensation on the pipes,” Kaartokallio says. Kaartokallio most appreciates the professional attitude and quality displayed in the FSP partnership. FSP has met his company’s expectations in this demanding surface treatment project. “Cooperation with FSP has been a positive experience for us. We have received what we ordered. Our previous good experiences of FSP spurred on this cooperation.”


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Each heat pump entity is 11 metres long, about 6 metres wide and about 5 metres high. Surface treatment protects the heat pump’s steel pipes from corrosion.

Flexibility in surface treatment Kaartokallio also highlights flexibility, which has been important in this construction project with numerous phases. “FSP was able to start the surface treatment project with a very short response time and complete it in the agreed schedule. The surface treatment had a tight schedule because we had to move quickly to the next work phase of the project.” “The fact that the pipes were brought to the building site with the primer coating on already speeded up the project. FSP was responsible for primer coating the welding seams and for applying the finishing coat to all the pipes.” “FSP also gave us valuable advice on paint selection. The paints had to have certain properties because of the extreme conditions involved.” “Because surface treatment underground in a tunnel in a tight schedule was involved, this was really a place for us to shine. The challenging nature of this project made our success even sweeter. We used innovative working methods and lifting technology, all in line with safety regulations. We already had strong experience in underground surface treatment,” says FSP supervisor Kari Holm. The surface treatment equipment was brought from ground level in a van along a narrow, approximately 500 metres tunnel to the building site of the pump facility under construction, which is about 50 metres below Esplanadi.

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Eero Kaartokallio says FSP was able to start the surface treatment project with a very short response time and complete it in the agreed schedule.


In underground steel pipes there is a large temperature difference between the inner and outer surfaces, which means there is a risk of condensation on the surface of the pipes. In addition to surface treatment, tight insulation is also used to prevent condensation on the pipes.

A large investment worth over 10 million euros In practice, the Helen heat pump system works by recycling and storing heat, which would normally go to waste, from buildings. The system pumps cold water into buildings and stores lost heat in water. The water returns to the heat pump facility, where it can be recooled. For this purpose, a cooling water reservoir of about 26,000 cubic metres has been built under Esplanadi. The bottom of this underground reservoir or “battery store” is about 100 metres from ground level. A battery is used to cool water, after which it can flow to cooling equipment in buildings. The joint renewable heating capacity of both heath pumps will be 22 megawatts. This joint renewable heating capacity is enough to heat 10,000 apartments. The investment will reduce Helen’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 20,000 tonnes a year, as the heat pumps can replace fossil fuels in district heat generation. The investment is worth over 10 million euros.

Helen Oy • One of Finland’s largest energy companies • Three power stations in Helsinki, more than ten heat facilities, two underground cooling centres, and the world’s largest heat pump facility • Sells electricity all over Finland and district heat and cooling in Helsinki • Its energy generation has been awarded as the world’s most efficient • Aims to achieve 100 per cent climate neutrality • 400,000 customers all over Finland

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Renovation of the Ounaskoski Bridge in Central Rovaniemi CASE

FSP HAS RECEIVED THE LARGEST FINNISH BRIDGE PROJECT ORDER IN COMPANY HISTORY. FROM MARCH TO OCTOBER 2018, THE PROJECT ENTAILS SURFACE TREATING THE 400-METRE-LONG OUNASKOSKI RAIL AND ROAD BRIDGE IN NORTHERN FINLAND. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE INVESTMENTS OF THE YEAR IN ROVANIEMI.

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The third key factor Tuokila highlights is the need for a partner to bring to the know-how, expertise and a genuine motivation to undertake demanding projects, whose completion requires from all parties cost-effectiveness and flexibility. Tight schedules have to be respected, without compromising quality.

A new and improved landmark The large-scale project began in October 2017 after Destia started building light-vehicle paths on both sides of the bridge. The new routes will be both wider and more user-friendly. The project continued in early 2018, when Destia started work on renovating the rail and road bridge itself. All traffic was redirected via the Jätkänkynttilä bridge. ”Closing the bridge was the only way to renovate the

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The bridge is being renovated by Destia Rail, which chose FSP as its partner following a tendering process. According to Destia Rail Foreman Mika Tuokila, the decision was based on three key factors. “Our surface treatment partner must be a large enough company for a project of this scope. Only one or two bridge projects of comparable size are undertaken in Finland per year, which makes ours one of the largest in the country in 2018,” he says. Positive experiences of FSP in demanding bridge projects emerged as the second main reason in the deliberation process. These included the renovation project of Rovaniemi’s Markkasuvanto bridge in 2013, on which the two partners had previously collaborated. FSP is familiar with Rovaniemi’s other bridges, too, as it carried out surface treatment on the Jätkänkynttilä cable-stayed bridge in summer 2011 and the Suutarinkorva rail bridge in summer 2010.


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old bridge. The bridge is closed to traffic for eight months with the exception of trains, during which time we will carry out technical work, surface treatment work, asphalting, paving and much more. Once our work is done, we will have a more modern bridge, and one of Rovaniemi’s landmarks will get the look it deserves,” Tuokila recounts.

Protecting the environment in the heart of Rovaniemi FSP’s part in the project began in mid-March, when it started sand blasting the bridge of rust, old coating and other impurities. The bridge had previously been maintained in the 1940s and 1970s. “The steel structures of the bridge were in need of maintenance, as they had rusted and visually, the bridge was not pleasant to look at. Decades of salting the roads and constant traffic had corroded the bridge, which sees around 10,000 vehicles a day, as well as cyclists and pedestrians,” Tuokila explains. “Environmental protection takes centre stage in the project, which is carried out in central Rovaniemi in the immediate vicinity of residential areas. This is why blasting sand used on the site will be collected,” says FSP’s Business Unit Manager Henri Kiminki.

Flexibility is key The project makes use of protective covering, which prevents the dust from sand blasting from spreading into the surrounding environment. Surface treatment consists of four layers of paint, which are selected according to the client’s standards. Quality is strictly con-

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trolled through documentation and inspections, which cover the entire surface treatment system. The surface treatment process is monitored by Ramboll Oy. “One of the most interesting challenges we face in this project is the tight schedule, which our extremely flexible working methods have prepared us for,” says Kiminki. In the early stages FSP works in a single shift, but will gradually move to a two-shift system as the weather conditions become more forgiving. In addition to supervisor Kari Holm, FSP has eight surface treatment professionals on site, a figure that will rise to about fourteen with up to two supervisors as the works pick up pace. The renovated bridge is scheduled to be reopened in late 2018 at the earliest.

The Ounaskoski bridge renovation Located in central Rovaniemi in the north of Finland, the Ounaskoski rail and road bridge is a steel through truss bridge over Ounaskoski in river Kemijoki. The upper deck serves railway traffic, while the lower deck is used by vehicle traffic between the city, the Ounasvaara area and other neighbouring regions. The vehicle deck is flanked by paths for cyclists and pedestrians. The bridge is one of Rovaniemi’s main landmarks. During the renovation project, the 400-metrelong and eight-metre-wide bridge will undergo surface treatment, the vehicle deck will be asphalted and the light-vehicle paths, currently two metres wide, will be extended to a width of three metres. The light-vehicle steel overhang structures will be dismantled on both sides of the bridge, and redone. The scope of the renovation also includes lighting and rails as well as the planking of the light-vehicle paths. The rails on the upper deck will be renewed and the track macadam replaced. The bridge is owned by the Finnish Transport Agency. The project is carried out by Destia Rail Oy. The total cost of the renovation is around 7.4 million euros.


Training and on-the-job learning for new professionals NEWS

IN THE SPRING OF 2018, FSP IS TRAINING TWELVE NEW SURFACE TREATMENT PROFESSIONALS IN COLLABORATION WITH TAVASTIA VOCATIONAL COLLEGE AND URAMUUNTAJA OY. THE AIM IS TO COMPLEMENT EXISTING PERSONNEL WITH NEW PROFESSIONALS.

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Based on a combination of training and on-the-job learning, this recruitment training programme complements 20 days of theoretical studies with practical work at FSP’s surface treatment plants. While undertaking the training, participants also acquire the commonly required occupational safety card, hot work licence and emergency first aid card. The intensive training is delivered over a period from early March to mid-June. “The trainees are selected according to very strict criteria. They are extremely motivated and very willing to learn. They are already eagerly awaiting the painting stage. I have been involved in employment training for fourteen years, and this group is one of the best in my career,” says Jari Välkkynen, who works as a lecturer of industrial surface treatment at Tavastia Vocational College. “Trained surface treatment professionals will continue to be in demand here in Finland. In order to be accepted onto the course, trainees need to be highly motivated to learn and demonstrate a willingness to develop into an industrial surface treatment professional,” explains FSP HR director Mari Rajamäki. No specific expertise or educational background is needed, but previous work experience in the manufacturing or painting industries, a sufficient command of Finnish and physical fitness were considered an advantage.

Recruitment training combines training and on-the-job learning. In addition to theoretical studies, it contains practical work at FSP’s surface treatment plants.

Flexibility and willingness to travel ”We are primarily looking for production workers for our projects and surface treatment plants. The application process placed a specific emphasis on flexibility and readiness to travel, primarily within Finland.” ”We attach central importance to a ’quality first’ approach. Surface treatment professionals need to have pride in their handiwork. We have positive experiences from an earlier recruitment training programme in 2015, which added to our team new professionals with the right attitude.” The training process covers, for example, the mechanical and chemical pretreatment of metallic surfaces, paint spraying and relevant machine and equipment technology. The training programme has

been designed in collaboration FSP experts in order to meet FSP’s needs. “One advantage is that participants are immediately acquainted with practical tasks. They are given the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have acquired at FSP’s surface treatment plants, where more experienced coworkers and supervisors provide guidance.” The programme also includes training days dedicated to learning the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace and maintain the capacity to work, as well as a closing ceremony. Theory days are organized in periods of about one week in Hämeenlinna, Southern Finland.

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Polyurea – a strong insulator for the walls of Rauma’s Seaside Industry Park NEWS

IN EARLY 2018, RAUMAN MERITEOLLISUUSKIINTEISTÖT OY RENOVATED THE SURFACES OF THE INNER WALLS OF A WAREHOUSE IN THE CITY’S SEASIDE INDUSTRY PARK. FSP WAS CHOSEN TO CARRY OUT THE SURFACE TREATMENT WORK, USING POLYUREA AS AN EXTREMELY DURABLE COATING MATERIAL. Project Manager Mikko Tapani of Rauman Meriteollisuuskiinteistöt Oy, located in Western Finland, says that working with FSP was a smooth experience. ”Our experience was positive, as the quality of the work met our expectations and the agreed schedule was respected,” he recounts. The worksite was located in one of the Industry Park’s buildings, where Rauman Meriteollisuuskiinteistöt was looking to improve the dust insulation between the hall and the offices. The surface treatment was carried out on the hall side of a wall dividing these two areas. “Among other activities, the hall is used for maritime industry profile cutting, which results in steel dust. We wanted to make sure that this dust and other problematic materials do not penetrate into the offices through the structures of the wall. This protects employees in the offices from possible nuisances and hazards,” Tapani explains.

Suitable for almost all surfaces The project was challenging from the point of view of dust insulation, because the wall separating the offices from the hall is principally made of brick, and its wooden section required added fire insulation. The sur-

face treatment work was for this reason carried out on a cleaned brick surface and over hard insulating wool. One of the key advantages of polyurea is its suitability for almost any surface. The criteria for a business partner were strict, as the Industry Park serves a number of leading companies in the maritime industry and offers them an efficient operating environment. “We chose FSP as our surface treatment partner due to their experience of polyurea coatings. Our decision was made easier by the fact that we were familiar with FSP as a locally active company, whose bid for the contract was also very competitive,” says Tapani. “Polyurea became our first choice thanks to its insulating properties, wear resistance and cleanability. The coating also absorbs sound. What is more, it sticks to all surfaces, including brick and wool, leaving an uniform and seamless surface.” “We also highly appreciated the professionalism of FSP’s surface treatment personnel. The Kuusisto brothers along with supervisor Kari Holm were committed to the successful completion of the project.” The coated surface spanned 900 square metres, and due to the height of the wall, the surface treatment work was carried out with the help of a personnel lift, just like the relevant safety regulations require.

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Rauman Meriteollisuuskiinteistöt Oy • Manages, coordinates and develops the Rauma Seaside Industry Park in Western Finland • Rents out the park’s premises and equipment, and is responsible for their maintenance • Provides common services to companies operating in the park • A logistically excellent location: On the seaside, near the harbour, can be reached both by road and rail • Offers companies exceptional competitive advantages


A heavy-duty van floor for Cramo

Long-term partners in Estonia

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FSP’s Estonian operations in Saue and Jüri are thriving. FSP’s surface treatment facilities in Estonia provide services to companies such as ABB, Sandvik, Stera Saue As and now Wärtsilä Energy Solutions Oy, a leading international energy system integrator. In addition to ABB, one of the company’s largest clients is Harju Elekter Teletehnika, for whom FSP’s Saue surface treatment facility has surface treated electric supply stations that will be used by Konecranes. There are 86 substations in total and they will be installed in Virginia in the US. Matis Jürgenson, who is responsible for the Estonian locations, says both surface treatment facilities are handling larger client orders and larger surface treated objects than before. There is particular demand for wet painting services and logistics services for surface treated objects. “As our workload has increased we’ve made our operations more efficient. We now have at our disposal a dosing and spray system, which we acquired in the spring and which gives more precise colour adjustment for the paint mixing ratio for a range of mixing and viscosity rates. The surface treatment process has become more efficient and safer,” Jürgenson says. ABB has been a client of FSP for twenty years. ABB production manager Janar Kukk is satisfied with the close, long-term cooperation. “FSP is a long-term partner of ours in industrial motor and generator manufacturing. Our products demand a surface that both protects them from external factors and looks good. FSP has demonstrated its professional skill in challenging situations that called for specialised know-how,” Kukk says.

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Cramo, a European leader in machine and equipment rentals, made the floor of its maintenance van more resistant to wear and tear thanks to innovative FSP surface treatment. Polyurea, which can withstand extreme conditions, was used as a coating. Cramo Finland Oy maintenance manager Tuomas Niinisalo says the aim was to make the floor waterproof, extremely durable and easy to clean. The work was carried out at FSP’s surface treatment facility in Eerolanmäki, Porvoo, southern Finland in early 2018. “Our experiences so far have been good. We wanted a heavy-duty and easy-to-clean floor coating, because the van is used to transport chemicals and tools. What’s more, our people throw other heavy spare parts and tools they use on the building site on the floor of the van,” Niinisalo says. “One option would have been a rubber mat, which would not have withstood heavy usage for long. We would have to change it regularly, which would have increased costs.” One advantage of polyurea is its elasticity: it maintains its properties without breaking or softening. In addition, the floor is now easy to clean, for example with a power washer. Another advantage is its lightness, meaning it barely adds to the total weight of the van.

Cramo improved the resistance of wear and tear of the floors of its maintenance vans with the help of FSP’s innovative surface treatment solution.

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