With the rise of China's paper industry and the stable outlook for Asia's steel market, manufacturers regard efficiency and innovative engineering as essential attributes to remain competitive. As rapid improvements in capacity and technology become the norm, global mechanical engineering company Pesmel helps modern and traditional paper and metal mills maintain sound businesses.
"Engineering is our strongest asset and competitive edge," says Pesmel president and CEO Tony Leikas. "We have many patented technologies for automated packing and storages. But we go further than other automation companies."
Possessing flexibility and system knowledge, Pesmel sets new standards for internal logistics with its Material Flow How concept. Using an advanced and customised Warehouse Management System, Pesmel offers paper and steel manufacturers a single source to manage material handling functions such as conveying, sorting, storing, packing and shipping.
"We give a complete solution. We design, we simulate and we make the equipment," Leikas says. "Everything is controlled, and you can see and supervise the whole mill in one computer screen."
Customers, including China Steel, China Aluminium, ArcelorMittal and APRIL, attest to the system's quality and ability to improve efficiency. Up to 10 per cent cost savings and as much as 25 per cent reduction in capital can be reached due to a controlled production process and more efficient use of space.
Serving paper mills, steel mills and distributors for more than 35 years, Pesmel has strong representations in China, and in Japan and South Korea. It opened local offices in Taiwan and India, and plans to establish a permanent office on the mainland while pursuing partnerships in the region.
In addition to its head office in Finland, it maintains sales and support offices in the United States and Sweden, and a workshop in Estonia.
"We are a global company, but we are focused on China. We need to be where the future is," Leikas says.