LKI Käldman’s recipe for success has been to combine Finnish innovation and flexibility with Japanese technology and quality. This has been realised by over twenty years of successful cooperation with the Japanese company Amada, a global market leader within production solutions for the manufacturing industry. In 2009, Amada also became a minority shareholder in LKI.
“This is a cooperation that we want to strengthen on all levels. In the last few years, we have found the optimal solution through flexible cooperation as a partner of Amada. Through our cooperation we can guarantee the most job opportunities and the best products,” says Leif Käldman, Chairman of the Board.
LKI develops and produces automation for sheet metal handling, as well as flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) and intralogistic solutions. By working together, LKI and Amada have been able to reach joint targets.
“Culturally Finnish and Japanese companies work well together. We often share the same attitude to things, for example the mutual respect,” COO Greg Seymour points out.
LKI’s biggest markets are in the Nordics, North America and Europe. This is also where they see an opportunity to develop.
“Our strengths are our flexibility and dynamic approach. That is also the role we take in our cooperation with Amada, who in turn utilises those strengths in dealing with the customer. We have adjusted our production system according to their needs, and currently our main focus is to support the European market,” Seymour explains.
The partner role is reflected throughout the entire organisational structure of LKI.
“We have, for example, a good employee exchange scheme with Amada. They have some employees at our facilities and we are keen for our employees, at all levels, to work globally,” Käldman states.
At LKI the future looks bright. In recent years the company has invested in machinery and supply chain flows. This has meant a strengthening of the entire network of subcontractors.
“What more, it seems like the European market is picking up again. As we have developed from subcontractor to partner of Amada, that gives us a good foundation for the future,” Seymour points out.
LKI KÄLDMAN LTD.
Business sector: Development and production of equipment for automated systems for handling, storing and moving sheet metal
Turnover: €25 million
Major markets: Europe and North America