Sustainability in our operations stands for safe and healthy workplace and continuous development of our processes, focusing on minimising our environmental impact. We refine our operations every day, step by step. Each step takes us closer to our target – a sustainable society.
All of our production sites employ either Environmental Management Systems (EMS) or risk-based management systems, which help in avoiding spills and accidents that could be harmful to humans or to the environment. All these systems operate in accordance with the Group EHSQ policy and ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems. Energy efficiency is integrated into the environmental management system.
Our aim is to be on the top-level of manufacturing thereby providing our customers the best and most reliable equipment money can buy. Therefore, our manufacturing has been audited and certified by various third party inspectors.
We are one of the few companies in Finland who have both Manufacturing and Design certified in the highest Execution class, the EXC4 of EN 1090-1 CE-marking of Welded structural steel components and kits.
The original Kopar operation was born already at 1989 but the beginning of the story goes all the way back in the early ‘70s.
Back then Rauma-Repola was one the biggest engineering and manufacturing companies in Finland. In 1973 it acquired a small workshop in a little city called Parkano, with a clear objective in mind. At that time Rauma-Repola with a few other Finnish companies were tendering a major metallurgy project in Soviet Union, namely Norilsk. Finns won the project, which later proved to be the biggest single engineering project for Finland. Today, the present Norilsk Nickel company (NorNickel) is world’s largest producer of palladium, and one of the largest producers of nickel, platinum and copper.
Kopar Oy was founded in 1989 following a management buyout including the conveyor business from the previous owner, Rauma-Repola. Kopar Oy grew and developed persistently, all the way to big international projects in the late ‘90s – just a few years after the present majority owner Hannu Penttilä was hired to the position of general manager. Year 2000 proved a certain milestone in that Kopar Oy won several major project deliveries in smelting technology and energy and power sectors. By 2005 the company was already an established player in its niche market.
Furthermore, Kopar continued growing rapidly and by 2008 the company had already established a workshop operation in Estonia and acquired two manufacturers of pneumatic conveying equipment; Site Teollisuus Oy and Elmomet Oy, which were old companies with great experience established already in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Major owners of Kopar have decided to step down from the daily operations to work as Senior Advisors and Members of the Board. With the new, professional and ambitious management Kopar is continuing its journey to internationalization and has established a steady position in their field of expertise, as a modern technology company. At present, Kopar enjoys a sales volume of approximately 20 million euros and employs 100 people.