Contents 4 ALUMINIUM PROFILES 6 Standard profiles 7 Aluminium alloys
4 10 14 22
8 OUR SERVICES 10 Design 12 Surface treatments 14 Storage 16 Logistics 18 How everything works 20 FURTHER PROCESSING 22 MÄKELÄ ALU OY 23 Our contact details
For us, ensuring and maintaining high quality is a given point of departure and quality forms the cornerstone of all our operations. Quality is ensured at every phase of a project. We have been awarded ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and GSB certificates, which all independently attest to our excellent quality production capabilities. All of our products bear the CE marking.
GREETINGS FROM CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Long traditions, controlled growth Mäkelä Alu is a family-owned company. Our roots are deep in South-Ostrobothnia – very traditional and appreciated entrepreneur region in Finland. Our family’s owner values are permanence, harmony, curiosity and trust. For eight decades, we have favoured these values and kept to our traditions, but we have also purposefully modernised our operations. This method has led to our growth from a small sheet metal workshop into an international aluminium profile manufacturer employing almost three hundred people.
“Our mission is to improve our customers’ competitiveness while operating profitably and creating local wellbeing.” Customer orientation and respect for individuals and the community have always formed the basis of our operations. Our mission is to improve our customers’ competitiveness while operating profitably and creating local wellbeing. Over the years, our values have also shaped the way we work at Mäkelä Alu. The logistics and storage services we have developed support our customers’ production and generate added value for our customers. The aim of this brochure is to present Mäkelä Alu and to briefly outline our operating method in a single publication. While reading, If you find we could provide your company more value and partnership, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Petri Mäkelä Chairman of the board Mäkelä Alu Oy
MÄKELÄ ALU’S VALUE TRIANGLE
Cost-efficient and comprehensive solutions An agile and professional aluminium partner Reliable and fast deliveries
Flexible and efficient production process
Our profiles are tailored to meet our customers’ need Almost all of our production is focused on manufacturing aluminium profiles to meet our customers’ needs. We also produce standard profiles. Aluminium profiles are used in a number of different applications. Aluminium is easily moulded into profiles through extrusion. It can be used to make various fixing mechanisms and to build light and yet extremly sturdy structures for various applications. We focus particularly on manufacturing customer-specific profiles: approximately 90% of the profiles we manufacture are custom-made to meet our customers’ needs. Tell us what you need and we can offer
you the whole package as a turnkey delivery – from idea to product. Don’t forget, we make aluminium profiles for several different industries, so we can provide you with a diverse range of products for almost any application. We do not compete with our customers; instead, we want to be a seamless part of our customers’ own production and design processes.
About 90 % of our profiles are made according to our customers’ specifications.
Our principle is to act as a “one-stop shop” for aluminium profile manufacturing. We will help you to make your own profile to meet your needs. In practice, you only need to have an idea for a product and we’ll help you to make it a reality. Product design and manufacturing are just two parts of the process. If you wish, we can also store your profiles here in Luoma-aho, or provide a range of surface treatments and coatings. Thanks to our network of partners, the sky’s the limit – with just a single purchase from us you can order ready-to-use machined pieces and have them delivered directly to the location of your choice. And combined with our storage model, we can find an extremely flexible value chain to suit precisely your needs. We call this all-inclusive partnership.
Our standard profiles consists of common and well-known standard shapes in several hundred different dimensions. Our list of standard profiles is continously updated, and the best way to receive real-time information is from our website. The standard length of a profile is 6 metres, but you can also order profiles in special lenghts. As a general rule, all alloys used by Mäkelä Alu are suitable alloy options, but please contact our sales to ensure the suitability of an alloy for a product. Standard profiles can also be surface treated by painting or anodizing, and then processed into a ready product in our further processing network. Our list of standard products includes all standard profiles.
Aluminium alloys The selection of a suitable alloy affects many of the aluminiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s properties, such as its malleability, its strength properties, its coatability, workability and conductivity. Selecting the right alloy is a crucially important phase in the manufacturing process of a profile. Our professional sales service and profile designers are skilled in helping you to find a suitable and competitive aluminium alloy. The purity and evenness of alloys are important when manufacturing
high-quality or precisely dimensioned profiles. This is the reason we only use billets made from primary aluminium. Nordic billets are some of the purest in the world when it comes to manufacturing technology. Process scrap is recovered and recycled as a raw material for new profiles in our foundry: this means we can ensure the purity of the raw material at every phase. The mechanical and chemical properties of manufactured profiles are specified in standards EN 573-3 and EN 755-2.
Alloys that are available immediately EN AW-1070 Delivery status: Soft EN AW-6060 Delivery status T6,T4 or T64
Non-alloyed aluminium. Tensile properties not very good, excellent formability. General alloy. Good tensile properties, excellent for anodizing.
General alloy. Good tensile properties, Delivery status: T6, T4 or T66 well suited for anodizing EN AW-6005A Delivery status: T6 or T4 EN AW-6082 Delivery status: T6 or T4 EN AW-6101A Delivery status: T6 or T4 EN AW-6101B Delivery status: T6 or T4
This alloy is stronger than 6063. Medium extrudability and suitability for anodizing. The strongest alloy. Not very well suited for anodizing. Challenging to extrude. Good electrical conductivity. Has tensile properties similar to alloys 6060/6063. Excellent electrical conductivity, â&#x2030;Ľ 32 MS/m. Has tensile properties similar to alloys 6060/6063.
Increase your competitiveness with our services Our service concept was created directly from our customers’ everyday needs through years of cooperative development work. We want to be a seamless part of our customers’ production processes, so that you can focus on your core operations.
Your company saves money when everything related to profile deliveries are outsourced.
Our additional logistics services developed together with our customers meet challenges relating to profile handling, transportation and storage. When you order the profiles you need from us, you can also purchase assembly, storage or surface treatment as an added service. All located on a single site, our modern manufacturing lines and effective logistics system speeds up the process and is cost saving. The highly automated and safe production environment minimizes delays and guarantees reliable delivery times.
More than just a profile We don’t just sell profiles. We sell service. That’s why we are able to offer our
customers a superior service experience. Your company saves both time and money when everything relating to profile deliveries is outsourced. Our storage service, for example, reduces your company’s need for space and properties, thereby also reducing related costs. This means that you have the opportunity to increase your own operational efficiency and improve your competitive ability. We continuously develop our services in close cooperation with our customers. Production efficiency and service agility are developed through continuous training and new investments. With our all-inclusive partnership, your company can achieve maximum benefit from a customer relationship with us.
OUR SERVICES | AluDesign
a design service for aluminium profiles
The AluDesignÂŽ service aims to work with the customer, to design the most cost-efficient aluminium profile or profiles as possible. The best result is achieved when we are able to participate in the early stages of product development, preferably right from the drawing board.
Customers can participate in all profile design phases.
Design ensures the quantity of required material, product functionality, and production efficiency. We are able to produce an increasingly diverse range of aluminium profiles with our modern tool technology. The right design and innovative solutions are used to develope a cost saving end product. Once the properties of a profile have been determined, the sketches and designs are transferred from paper to CAD. Our profile design is carried out using modern tools and the latest CAD soft-
ware, which makes it possible to transfer the results in electronic format to the customer for use. If necessary, the visual look of the product can be simulated using 3D modelling to generate the most realistic possible image of the end product. The customer can be involved in every stage of the design if wishded. That keeps us on the same page throughout the entire process and the result is a high-quality aluminium profile that meets the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s requirements down to the last stroke.
Q&A COMMON QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS What do I need to do before ordering design services? Think about what type of design work you need done (even if you only have a rough idea) and contact our design service or sales. You can also send a contact request via e-mail to our sales department: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I buy design services from MĂ¤kelĂ¤ Alu, do I also have to order the products from you? Not at all. After the design process, we will make an offer on the manufacturing of the profiles. The die and profiles will only be ordered after the order is accepted.
What are the benefits of the design service? You will receive a profile designed precisely to meet your needs. Our designers can e.g. determine what alloy and surface treatment are most suitable for the application.
How does the pricing of the design services work? Basic design work related to profile shape, as well as other closely related design work, is free of charge. A price for the design work will only be agreed on if and when the design work is expanded to cover assemblies, strength calculations, model pieces and so on. The price will be agreed before work is started.
How do I order the manufacturing of the aluminium profiles? By contacting our sales department or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
OUR SERVICES | Surface treatments
a coating service for aluminium profiles
Our coating service provides plenty of choice For ever-increasing surface treatment needs, we have developed a comprehensive service that we call AluCoatingÂŽ. The profiles are given a surface treatment to meet application requirements using either powder-coating, anodizing or Decoral surfacing. Customers can choose from a wide range of colours for the coating of their aluminium profile or opt to have the profile anodized in its natural colour. Profiles can also be painted in special colours or in two colours. Our GSB-certified painting line guarantees a high-quality result. We monitor the evenness of the paint and aim to continuously improve quality. Peripheral components can easily be coated at the same time as the profiles are treated. By combining the additional AluStorageÂŽ service with the AluCoatingÂŽ service, coated profiles are delivered quickly, right when you need them.
Painting Currently powder coating is by far the most used painting method, since it produces a surface that can withstand UV
radiation, corrosion, friction and impact. Powder coating provides almost unlimited colour possibilities for aluminium profiles. In our two paint shops, the surface can be dyed thousands of different colours.
Unique Decoral surfacing Decoral is a stylish and eye-catching solution that is becoming increasingly popular. It can create all kinds of different surfaces, such as abstract patterns and stone or wood imitations on the aluminium. The properties of a Decoral-surfaced profile are the same as for a powder-coated profile. The decorative coating is eye-catching and durable even in harsh conditions, making it a successful solution for construction architecture and the interior design industry.
Anodizing Our anodizing factory refines the natural properties of aluminium and significantly increases profilesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; corrosion tolerance. It is also possible to anodize individual pieces. Anodizing is an electrochemical coating method that improves aluminiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corrosion tolerance and durability. Anodizing results in a surface with a neat finish that is also easy to clean. Our anodizing line produces natural-coloured aluminium profiles with different layer thickness. The layer thickness is selected according to application, and if necessary
it is possible to carry out protective anodizing alone to protect the surface during machining, for example. The anodizing line can coat profiles up to 7.8m in length, and it is also possible to anodize individual pieces. Hanging the profile may cause marks or deformities on the ends, and sometimes the middle, of the profile. Special requirements to be set for the surface treatment are therefore agreed together with the customer. We can also produce a coloured profile through our network of partners in cooperation.
OUR SERVICES | Storage
Save time and money with our storage services Our storage services were developed together with our customers to free up your company’s resources so that you can focus on your core operations.
a storage and restocking service for aluminium profiles The AluStorage® service in our warehouse With the AluStorage® service, we store your profiles at our warehouse in Luoma-aho. Warehouse maintenance and restocking take place automatically using a system in accordance with a pre-
agreed service level. We make sure that there is always the right number of goods to meet your company’s needs in the warehouse. Through automation, the warehouse balances constantly remain at the agreed level, so all you have to do is place an order and wait for delivery.
an aluminium profile delivery service Hassle-free storage with AluCallOff® AluCallOff® is a warehouse service maintained by us on the customer’s premises. The service significantly reduces the customer’s labour and capital that are bound to warehousing. AluCallOff® guarantees the continu-
ous availability of profiles without any separate ordering or delivery periods. Our AluVendor® system takes care of stock levels and restocking to make the management of warehouse capital and turnover easy. You can monitor warehouse and delivery status in real-time through the system.
OUR SERVICES | Logistics
a solution for transporting and handling aluminium profiles
Our service solution for transportation and handling We have developed solutions for transporting and handling aluminium profiles based on the varying needs of our customers. AluBasketÂŽ is a weatherproof and environmentally friendly aluminium basket solution for transporting, handling and storing long profiles. You will receive baskets for handling and storing aluminium profiles against a deposit. The baskets are stackable and easy to handle using a forklift truck. The basket makes it faster to handle the profiles and it also protects
them against knocks. Since the basket is reusable, the amount of packing waste remains at a minimum. The AluBasketÂŽ service works as follows. First agree with us on the use of baskets when you place an order. We will charge you a delivery fee. We will deliver your profiles in baskets. You handle and store the profiles as you need.
Network of subcontractors completes our own further processing If you want to further process aluminium profiles, the specialist expertise of our network is available to help. Thanks to the network we are able to deliver ready pieces for your company’s needs. The LA Alucenter aluminium cluster in Alajärvi is Finland’s leading full-service aluminium network, in which each actor focuses on its own area of expertise. Companies in the aluminium network are located in Luoma-aho, very close to our own factory area. As our customer, you can also obtain ready pieces through us. We are able to utilize the LA Alucenter network, whose member companies are geographically very close to our own factory area.
This makes the working of ready pieces from order to delivery very cost-efficient and sustainable. Thanks to the cooperation with LA Alucenter, we’re able to deliver extremely highly processed and individual products – from single pieces to large, assembled entities on a turnkey delivery principle. And if you combine this with our storage services, your company will benefit from a highly cost-efficient and flexible operating model.
Examples of our network’s expertice CNC-MACHINING, BENDING, WELDING, SAWING OF ALUMINIUM PROFILES CHIPPING MACHINING, TURNING, INSULATION ROLLING, THREADING, ABRASIVE BLASTING, ECCENTRIC PUNCHING
MECHANICAL GRINDING, POLISHING AND BRUSHING OF METAL ROBOTIC WELDING, POWDER-COATING
You can find the LA Alucenter network companies at www.laalucenter.fi
HOW EVERYTHING WORKS
AluServices A SUPERIOR SERVICE EXPERIENCE
Success comes from partnership. With all-inclusive partnership, you will achieve significant cost savings. You can choose a suitable individual solution from our range of services, or combine them into a service package. Here’s how everything works.
Customer benefits: Cost-efficiency. You save money when the profile production and storage is as efficient as possible and scaled to your needs!
WE DESIGN AN ALUMINIUM PROFILE WITH YOU TO MEET YOUR NEEDS.
JUST WHAT YOU NEED. Flexible services and automation make sure that you receive just the right amount and right kind of profiles, exactly when you need them. EFFICIENCY. No weak links. By using our services you’ll reduce unnecessary and unprofitable work in your own production and processes.
Are you interested? Contact our sales personnel, who will be happy to provide you with more information!
DO YOUR PROFILES NEED SURFACE TREATMENT? WE PROVIDE ANODIZING, POWDERCOATING WAND DECORAL SURFACING.
CUSTOMER THE CUSTOMER HAS A SITE THAT REQUIRES ALUMINIUM PROFILES.
PRODUCTION THE ORDERED ALUMINIUM PROFILES ARE EXTRUDED AT THE MÄKELÄ ALU FACTORY.
IN THIS STORAGE AND RESTOCKING SERVICE, YOUR ALUMINIUM PROFILES ARE STORED AT MÄKELÄ ALU’S WAREHOUSE. MAINTENANCE AND RESTOCKING TAKE PLACE AUTOMATICALLY. CAN BE COMBINED WITH THE ALUCOATING® SERVICE, WHICH MEANS YOUR STORED PROFILES WILL ALSO BE COATED IF NEEDED.
FURTHER PROCESSING THE LA ALUCENTER NETWORK SUPPLEMENTS OUR OWN FURTHER PROCESSING. AS OUR CUSTOMER, YOU CAN ORDER READY-TO-USE, MACHINED PIECES AS A TURNKEY DELIVERY.
A SOLUTION FOR TRANSPORTING AND HANDLING ALUMINIUM PROFILES YOU WILL RECEIVE STURDY, WEATHERPROOF ALUMINIUM BASKETS TO TRANSPORT AND STORE YOUR PROFILES. WE CAN ALL BENEFIT FROM OUR SERVICES TOGETHER.
IN THIS ALUMINIUM PROFILE DELIVERY SERVICE, MÄKELÄ ALU MAINTAINS YOUR WAREHOUSE WHILE AUTOMATION HANDLES BALANCE MONITORING AND RESTOCKING.
An 80-year-old familyowned company We have been operating in the metal industry for 80 years. We have manufactured aluminium profiles for more than 25 years. Our services are the result of long-term development work and provide our customers with added value. Mäkelä Alu Oy is a family-owned company specializing in aluminium profiles. We already have 80 years of experience in the metal industry. Our story began in 1937, when 20-year-old Fredrik “Reeti” Mäkelä fulfilled his dream of owning his own company. Fredrik was talented when it came to technical matters and successfully predicted future changes and needs, which drove the development of his products and production methods. From simple tin plates, he moved on to tin plating milk
churns and making sauna stoves, ventilation systems and roofing sheets. Over the decades the company moved with the times and made bold investments, even as recession loomed. To provide a guarantee for the future, staff were trained and their wellbeing was prioritized. The courage and entrepreneurial nature of the family-owned company provided a future not just for Mäkelä Alu, but also for local people, which still holds today. We currently employ almost 300 people.
Development and growth come from customer needs For over 25 years we have focused our operations on the extrusion and surface treatment of aluminium profiles. We continuously develop our production facilities, logistics, and our skills. Around 90% of our products are aluminium profiles designed entirely to meet customers’ needs. Alongside aluminium profile production, our versatile logistics and additional services generate added value for our customers, such as by minimizing warehousing costs: we can store the customer’s profiles on our premises, if necessary. Through our skills network we can provide even demanding additional services and processing from CNC-machining and decorative finishes to grinding, polishing and assembly.
Environmental and social responsibility Operating in our own village has led us to use environmentally friendly and responsible operating methods. All of our emissions into the air, sea and land are subject to constant monitoring, and we are continuously developing procedures to mini-
mize their impact. Mäkelä Alu has always been a pioneer in environmental affairs. We also take responsibility for our employees’ health and safety by complying with the occupational health and safety system OHSAS 18001. Our efficient logistical system is an investment in environmental friendliness. Since the production, surface treatment and possible further processing of an aluminium profile all take place in the same factory complex, the carbon footprint from transportation is reduced, to name just one example. Our closed production environment, in which all material suitable for recycling is recovered for further processing, is an essential part of how we care for nature and the environment. All process scrap is recycled in our foundry as a raw material for production lines. We take care of the entire life cycle of our products – decommissioned profiles can be melted down and used as recycled materials. All of our operations are controlled by the certified environmental system ISO 14001. We use hydropower-certified, emission-free electricity.
MÄKELÄ ALU | Sales
Sales contact details Here are the contact details for our sales department. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need a skilled partner for your company’s profile production.
Mika Korkea-aho Sales Director +358 6 557 7612 +358 50 560 2670 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pekka Hannula Sales, Finland +358 40 0977 611 email@example.com Antti Lesonen Sales, Finland +358 50 350 0262 firstname.lastname@example.org
FINLAND Teemu Maunuksela Sales Manager +358 6 557 7675 +358 50 597 2530 email@example.com Pasi Korhonen Product Manager +358 6 557 7603 +358 50 348 7486 firstname.lastname@example.org Asko Perälampi Sales and Projects, Finland +358 6 557 7613 +358 5063 176 email@example.com
Janne Kohonen Sales, Finland +358 6 557 7632 +358 50 569 3336 firstname.lastname@example.org Olli Korkia-aho Sales, Finland 06-557 7632 050 307 9769 email@example.com
Jouni Peltomäki Network manager Subcontracting / Projects +358 6 557 7668 +358 50 0878 141 firstname.lastname@example.org Karoliina Hyytiäinen Sales Coordinator +358 6 557 7693 email@example.com Anne Nätynki Sales Coordinator +358 6 557 7705 firstname.lastname@example.org Marika Kamppinen Sales Coordinator +358 6 557 7696 + 358 50 462 1732 email@example.com
EXPORT Janne Lager Export Manager +358 6 557 7687 +358 50 407 5109 firstname.lastname@example.org Anne HĂ¤meenniemi Export Sales Specialist +358 6 557 7666 +358 50 408 0700 email@example.com
Leena Kalliokoski Export Sales Specialist +358 6 557 7614 +358 50 543 3025 firstname.lastname@example.org
Satu Lassila Sales Coordinator +358 6 557 7667 +358 50 461 9490 email@example.com
Marina Ranta-aho Sales Coordinator +358 6 557 7694 +358 40 519 2450 firstname.lastname@example.org
Elina Luoma-aho Sales Coordinator +358 6 557 7609 +358 50 406 2420 email@example.com
SWEDEN MĂĽrten Sandberg Sales Engineer +46 703 242 744 firstname.lastname@example.org
Anders Bengtsson Sales Area Manager +46 703 242 444 email@example.com
MÄKELÄ ALU OY | Mäkeläntie 2, 62830 LUOMA-AHO, FINLAND +358 6 557 7600 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.makelaalu.fi