Sulzer inaugurates advanced pump manufacturing facility in Finland

Sulzer has completed an extensive modernization project at its Karhula pump factory in Kotka, Finland, adding a highly automated and digitized pump production line and logistics centre.

An automated test bed at Sulzer's facility in Kotka, Finland.
An automated test bed at Sulzer's facility in Kotka, Finland.

The automation and digitization of the processes will cut production throughput time by 93% which translates into far more favourable delivery times for customers.

Sulzer has been manufacturing pumps in Kotka, 130 km east of Helsinki, for 130 years. Now the company is entering a new era with the state-of-the-art pump production line that meets the highest industry standards, alongside excellent ergonomics and safety.

The automated facilities have been designed to deliver fast and efficient workflows, incorporating digital and lean principles to ensure effective production. A brand-new logistics centre provides materials and component handling, streamlining material operations, and contributing to shorter lead times.

Sulzer’s factory in Kotka is a key provider of configured process pumps, agitators and high-speed turbocompressors for the global market. The facility also has industry-scale test beds and research facilities. The factory serves process industry customers in markets such as pulp, paper and board, new wood-based processes, biofuels, sugar and starch, metals and mining, fertilizers, chemical processing, and water treatment. The increased output from the Kotka factory will strengthen Sulzer’s entire global supply chain.

“The new production line represents the most advanced technology in the field, and we are excited about the possibilities it offers our customers when it comes to quality and delivery times,” said Veli-Pekka Tiittanen, head of Sulzer’s Industry Business Unit. “Moreover, given that the materials used in our high-efficiency pumps are 99% recyclable, the new facility reflects not only our dedication to quality, but is also a significant step in building a sustainable future that our customers value and our employees can take pride in.”