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PROCESSES STANDARDS QUALITY Solutions tailored to customers’ needs in the food industry p. 4


PRODUCT LAUNCH: Thawing technology based on microwaves p. 8



Lapin Liha wants to ensure that customers get what they want when purchasing a product and that the product will continue to meet their expectations.


A word from the Managing Director Editorial


The Kometos Production and Delivery Team Our network of partners is expanding to cover the Benelux countries Our reseller in Sweden


High technology meets a time-honoured industry


Lapin Liha at the cutting edge of progress


News from around the world Kometos has reached early adulthood and is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in a variety of different ways! We will introduce new products at trade fairs.


Food chain news Fitness for Use means optimising product qualities in relation to the purpose of use.


Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge


Social responsibility and sponsorship

KOMETOS magazine 3 Editorial content and images: Kometos Oy P.O.BOX 97 FI-61801 KAUHAJOKI tel. +358 20 757 1400 fax +358 20 757 1401 Business ID 0834172-3

A word from the Managing Director

PLANNING, PRECISION AND and international competition set extremely high standards for industrial goods. Over the last few decades, the concept of quality has expanded to cover a customer-focused approach in addition to planning and manufacturing. At Kometos, product development has always been based on customers’ needs and customer-specific product features. Overall quality is our most important competitive asset. Every day, quality is being planned and integrated into Kometos’ products. We strive for faultless processes, so that our customers benefit from the properties of our products in their manufacturing and processing operations. In practice, our quality pledge translates into systematic planning, precision and cooperation – right down to the smallest detail. It also means considering each customer’s specific circumstances individually. In racing terms, we will win if every single setting in our car is fine-tuned for the right weather conditions on the day of the competition! People – as in highly motivated staff and good partners – make quality. Their expertise is supported by planning systems, automation and other types of high technology. This issue of Kometos Magazine introduces readers to our production and delivery team. This issue also highlights the excellent cooperation we have with our resellers and the manufacturers of the equipment we represent. In other words, we take our readers to Belgium, Hungary and Russia. We are proud to be able to repeatedly win the trust of our long-term customers! RAIMO NIEMI Managing Director

Top row: Osmo Ala-Juoni, Hannu Aro, Mika Franttila, Jorma Ketonen, Kalevi Korkeavaara, Raimo Männikkö, Tero Valkama Bottom row: Reijo Välimaa, Lauri Hautaluoma, Egor Usov, Tero Haapamäki, Tapani Marttila In addition to those pictured here, our production and delivery team includes Esko Hannuksela and Matti Panula..

A prospering partnership in the Benelux countries THERMAL PROCESS SYSTEMS LTD specialises in high-tech temperature management systems that are based on controlled temperatures, overpressure and steam.


In addition to Kometos’ thawing rooms, Thermal Process Systems represents sterilisation and pasteurisation equipment manufacturers. The company also designs highly effective cooling tunnels for the food industry that can be customised for different products, such as meat.


Rik Valk knows the Benelux market.

Thermal Process Systems has a flexible organisation, meaning that the company recruits experts specifically for each customer and product

design project. Its collaboration with Kometos began through a product development process in Belgium, where both companies offered their expertise to the same project through a common business partner. This collaboration resulted in an order from the customer. – Geographically, the Benelux countries constitute 80 per cent of our markets, but we are also well-connected in Germany and France. Through our partners, we also have operations in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East, says Rik Valk Managing Director of Thermal Process Systems.


WE PRODUCE KOMETOS’ QUALITY! Kometos’ competitive edge is based on modular technology, reliable deliveries and continuous product and service development. The company has ISO 9001:2000 quality certification. Kometos’ plant in Finland produces EU-approved and CE-marked abattoirs and meat processing plants as well as thawing, stiffening and freezing systems. Our products have optimised user interfaces and are customised to each customer’s needs, which makes them suitable for various sectors of the food industry. Our testing and training services support safe food production at our customers’ facilities.

Our products are: • EU-approved • CE-marked • ISO-certified under 9001:2000

Kometos’ quality assurance system covers all levels of operations. Because of this, we receive very few complaints. Quality assurance also covers our operating methods, competency matrix and the training of employees.

Mobile modules offer a competitive edge in Scandinavia

– We collaborate very closely with many manufacturers of industrial goods. This enables us to provide the best solutions for each of our customers in the multi-sector food industry. Our broad product range serves small-scale and large-scale manufacturers alike, says Susanne Sjögren, Managing Director of OSAB. The partnership between Kometos and OSAB is founded on ten years of reliable cooperation.

– With expanding operations, many of our customers need additional space. Kometos’ modular products offer quick and reliable solutions that facilitate business growth, particularly because of their easy mobility between locations. The two partners’ portfolio includes a number of abattoir projects. New thawing and freezing system projects are also in progress.


OSAB is a second-generation family business in Sweden. The company fosters its long-term partnerships by operating as close to customers and manufacturers as possible.



A TIME-HONOURED INDUSTRY Yamalo-Nenets has everything required for food production: an immense amount of reindeer, collaborative authorities, motivated producers, hard-working employees and, above all, a common desire to develop the rural economy. Kometos has contributed to the entire infrastructure of well-being in the area.

MORE THAN TEN YEARS ago, the thought of creating a comprehensive production chain of reindeer products emerged in the autonomous region of Yamalo-Nenets in Siberia, Russia. The chain would involve each stage, from primary production to butchery and from the processing of raw materials to the sale of the end product. As many as 290,000 reindeer now graze in this ecologically clean area. The region’s traditional methods of reindeer husbandry, as well its Arctic conditions and the long distances between population centres, presented challenges to the production chain. The authorities laid the foundation for profitable business by establishing Jamalskije Oleni, a company based on the business incubator model.


– With its innovative operating methods and highly advanced technology, Jamalskije Oleni is the flagship of our agricultural policy. The company has met all expectations by increasing production volumes year by year. It has also provided jobs for locals, which means tax income for the state, says Andrei Kugayevsky, Deputy Governor of Yamalo-Nenets.


The high quality of reindeer husbandry has age-old traditions in the area: huge herds of wild reindeer have traditionally roamed the clean pastures. Through international co-operation, these traditions are now complemented with new technology, logistics and standards. Yamalo-Nenets has exported reindeer products to the European Union since 2003. The certification committee for quality management systems granted Jamalskije Oleni ISO 9001 certification for the production of reindeer meat and related semi-finished products in accordance with the GOST-R standard. The company also has voluntary HACCP certification. – In terms of quality, we wouldn’t be able to compete in the market if we delivered inferior products, points out Yevgeni Malchev, Managing Director of Jamalskije Oleni.

A modern agro-industrial cluster

Customer satisfaction is key

– In addition to our production plant in Yar-Sale, we will launch operations in Se-Yaha and Yuribei in 2011. In 2012, we will ensure our supply of ecological energy by building wind power plants, says Malchev.

Kometos supplied a production plant to Jamalskije Oleni. The plant consists of 14 modules that cover butchery, processing, preparation, freezing, the processing of side-products, cooling and the manufacture of semi-finished products.

This modern agro-industrial cluster will have a positive impact on the social infrastructure of Yamalo-Nenets, enabling people to build modern apartments, for example. In addition, Yar-Sale already houses the largest boarding school in Russia.

Jamalskije Oleni has an annual production capacity of more than 500 tonnes of high-quality reindeer meat and meat products. The company produces more than 60 types of products for international markets such as Finland and Germany.

– Health care and education as well as traffic and data-communication infrastructures have also advanced, says Kugayevsky.

“Every part of a reindeer can be used: the meat, the pelt and the horns, as well as the raw material for the production of endocrine enzymes.”

LAPIN LIHA AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF PROGRESS – PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS at Lapin Liha are based on ensuring uniform quality. Product quality must meet our goals day after day. We have some of the most expensive products on the market, but we also offer one of the most inexpensive meat products available. We must ensure that our customers get what they want when purchasing a product and that the product will continue to meet their expectations, says Jukka Kristo, Managing Director. Established in 1989, Lapin Liha is Finland’s largest processor of reindeer meat. In the spring of 2011, Lapin Liha and Polarica merged to form a Nordic group of companies specialising in reindeer, game and berry products. The group’s main markets for meat products are Finland and Sweden. In addition, the company markets its berry products in the rest of Scandinavia, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium and Asia. Lapin Liha collaborates with several partners to ensure its supply of reindeer meat. In 2011, the company imported more than 15,000 reindeer from Europe and Russia. – Collaboration with our Russian partners is based on the cycles of the reindeer economy. The high season begins in October with the reindeer corralling, lasting four to five months. By Christmas, as much as 80 per cent of the reindeer meat has been processed. The cooperation between Lapin Liha and Kometos dates back to 1995 when the two companies visited Russia for the first time to learn about reindeer husbandry in Siberia.

The reindeer economy is the flagship of dynamic and sustainable development in Yamalo-Nenets.

• 30,000 tonnes of berries

• 500 tonnes of other game

• 2,000 tonnes of reindeer

• 5,000 tonnes of ham and

• 2,000 tonnes of red deer

salami products


Lapin Liha’s annual production volumes are:


News from around the world 20 years of power and speed KOMETOS has reached early adulthood and is celebrating its twentieth anniversary in a variety of different ways. During the Food Manufacturing 2011 trade fair at the Tampere Exhibition and Sports Centre, the company will introduce its new micro-thawing products. Come and meet Kometos and its partners! You’ll see how agility and experience combine with heavy-duty technology to produce impressive results. Speed skater Mika Poutala will be there, along with a Porsche 911 GT3 and a racing simulator.

20 yrs KOMETOS

AGROPRODMASH 2011 Moscow, Russia, 10–14 October 2011 Kometos and principals, Pavilion 2.1, Stand 21E60


The basic unit houses 24,000 pigs, but can be expanded to accommodate 50,000.

Tampere, Finland, 26–28 October 2011 Kometos and principals, Hall A, Section 211


Pellon Group is a leading manufacturer of automatic feeding systems. Its systems are used in approximately 20 countries around the world. The company specialises in comprehensive solutions for the production of milk, pork and beef.

Chicago, USA, 1–4 November 2011 Kometos and principals

ANUGA FOODTEC Cologne, Germany, 27–30 March 2012 Kometos and principals, Hall 9E10

Precise cutting, faster than ever before


PELLON GROUP and Kometos are combining their production technologies and design expertise in a pilot project that involves a modular pork production unit in Belarus. – With our Finnish partners, we are designing an ultramodern production plant in Belarus. This large unit will comprise a number of facilities that work in synergy: a piggery, an abattoir and a processing unit, says Juha Takala, Product Manager at Pellon Group.

International trade fairs


An expandable modular unit to be piloted in Belarus

MARELEC’S INTELLIGENT portion and slice cutters can now be ordered from Kometos. These cutters are a safe and efficient way of ensuring that portions meet their target weight and that slices are of their intended thickness. For more information, please contact the sales team at Kometos, tel. +358 20 757 1409


– Manure processing systems are a new product that will change fractionation internationally. In addition to odourless processes, our systems enable more efficient use of nutrients, such as phosphorus and nitrogen. Environmental issues are stimulating a great deal of interest right now, says Takala.

Food chain news

FITNESS FOR USE Quality means the systematic improvement of product and service properties to meet customers’ expectations. International standards serve as the minimum requirement level, but best quality always exceeds expectations.

which the total performance of a product or service consists of basic and additional qualities. Basic qualities include such properties as ease of use, durability and safety. Compatibility with other products, such as that of a carton packing machine with a slice cutter, is a desirable additional quality. Overall quality can be improved by observing, measuring and optimising actual properties. Key quality tools include international standards and process control systems as well as person-to-person interaction with customers, which is particularly valuable. Europe has adopted many quality concepts, some of which are owned by retail bodies or primary producers, while some are managed jointly. These concepts include the GLOBALG.A.P (Good Agricultural Practice) standard, the Red Tractor Assurance system, the Swedish Seal of Quality (Svenskt Sigill) and the QS Scheme (Qualitätssicherung), among others.

Responsible production In the food chain, meat quality is related to responsibility in a number of ways. Total responsibility can be examined from seven perspectives: animal well-being, well-being at work, nutrition, product safety, the environment, local origin and financial responsibility. Of these, animal well-being and product safety are particularly important.

– We are currently funding two projects related to creating a responsibility system for the meat industry. Major industrial companies participate in these mutually beneficial projects, says Secretary General Marja Innanen from the Department of Food and Health of the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

high quality. Disease prevention has a direct effect on the occurrence of salmonella and the need to use antibiotics. All mistakes in quality increase costs in food production. Correspondingly, investment in animal well-being reduces costs by decreasing wastage and complaints.

Key concepts in examining the quality of meat products include production quality, technological quality, eating quality, ethical quality, microbiological quality and nutritional quality. Many of these factors are interrelated, such as technological and eating quality.

Fitness for Use* means optimising product qualities in relation to the purpose of use.

– In particular, the treatment of animals before slaughtering has a significant impact on meat quality. Many factors correlate with the pH value of the meat, which should be between 5.5 and 5.9. If an animal undergoes stress before slaughtering, the pH value of its meat may either drop too low or rise too high. Good treatment of animals before slaughtering can also reduce the number of contusions and blood stains in muscular and fat tissue, says Markku Niemistö, Group Manager for Technology and Product Development at the Finnish Meat Research Institute. Product safety is among the most important aspects of responsibility in the food chain. High level of production hygiene, the monitoring and prevention of pathogenic bacteria, low use of animal medicines and a good resistance level are all part of the work to ensure

Quality Trilogy summarises quality in three processes:


Planning is based on customers’ needs.


The goal is to create a controlled and faultless production process.


Quality control covers all operations that produce better product qualities.


”FITNESS FOR USE” is a quality theory in

Sources: Finnish Meat Research Institute Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry *Juran on planning for Quality. Joseph Juran


Kometos on the move



Based on an international format, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series was finally launched in Finland. Kometos´ Relaa Racing team won silver in the first season. In addition to experienced drivers, this excellent result was based on technology being fine-tuned to the last detail.

Social responsibility and sponsorship Relaa Racing has competed successfully in different racing car classes for years, winning trophies in endurance racing, among other classes. The team has always remained loyal to Porsche. Its brand-new Porsche GT3 Cup racing car worked like a dream, even in extreme conditions. Rounds 7 and 8 of the series were raced in rainy weather in August in Veteli, where Relaa Racing took its first victory of the season. – We practised in the rain all through Friday, which meant that our car was perfectly finetuned for the competition on Saturday, when it was raining even more. In the qualifying session, Porsche cars raced with the GT NEZ class. In this group, we secured second place in the first row for the race. We were the fastest Porsche, says Raimo Niemi, Managing Director of Kometos, who drives for the team. Together with Niko Pirilä, Timo Pirilä and Tero Pitkänen of the service team, Niemi ended the series with style in the final two rounds of the series in Ahvenisto. Niemi came in second and third, securing the title of the fastest 996-version driver with his second place. – Much in the same manner as Kometos, we have set not only our team goals, but also our personal requirements very high. Porsche has always been a trailblazer, and we have the same kind of hunger for our work.

Promising success in dressage SARA MARTTILA AND SHYMOON started their dressage career successfully in a regional competition in the riverside village of Myrkky on the western coast of Finland. They came in third in the Easy C:2 2000 class and second in the Easy B:0 2009 class. Marttila represents the Joheka team, which Kometos sponsors.

Speed skating on a new track

• Among the five best in the 2011 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series • Among the three best in the 2012 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series

Earlier achievements: • 2nd place, 2008 Porsche Racing Club series • 1st place, 2009 Porsche Racing Club series • 1st place, 2010 Porsche Racing Club series

– Our principal goals are related to making use of the world-class speed of Finnish skaters in joint training sessions. We will also customise training programmes to each skater’s individual strengths, says Koskela. Expectations are high for the Speed Skating World Championships in North America in January. Team Finland – which includes such top skaters as Pekka Koskela and Mika Poutala – is sponsored by Kometos.


The goals of the Relaa Racing team:

SPRINT SKATER PASI KOSKELA is the new Manager and Head Trainer of the Finnish Speed Skating Association. His term will culminate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Results by know-how


FOOD PACKAGING In addition to modular facilities, we offer a comprehensive selection of products from our principals. Representing top international expertise, these products ensure solutions customised to each customer’s needs in the pre-processing and processing of food as well as product safety, hygiene and packing. Make full use of the competence and technological expertise of YANG, our Italian partner, in your packaging lines.



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