A culture of care – Häggblom focuses on safety, sustainability, and service
Over the course of six decades, Kokkola-based Häggblom has grown from a garage to one of the world’s leading engineering workshops. Since becoming the market leader in Finland, Häggblom has also established a subsidiary in Sweden.
Achieving such growth has required bold strategic decisions, the latest of which were made in 2022, when the company’s strategy was revamped.
“We sold two of our smaller business units – Construction Spare and Wear Parts and Track Systems – to focus on supplying equipment solely for the mining and quarrying industries as well as providing extensive lifetime services”, says Jukka Karhula, CEO.
The new strategy is all about taking care of safety, sustainability, and service.
“Safety is our number one priority. Right now, our incident rate is zero – we have not had any incidents in a year. This is quite exceptional in our field”, Karhula states.
Häggblom’s products are lighter than those of its competitors, which means that they consume less energy and have a smaller carbon footprint. In addition, the company works in close cooperation with the steel producer SSAB that is well on its way to fossil-free steel.
To further reduce the environmental impact of its products, Häggblom provides product lifecycle services that include everything from maintenance to spare parts.
“Our goal is to ensure that every product has the longest possible lifetime and that our customers have reliable equipment.”
Karhula mentions the green transition and mineral shortage as important driving forces behind the decision to focus on mining equipment, such as buckets and dump truck bodies. “Europe needs to become more self-sufficient in minerals that are essential in the transition to clean energy. Our customers produce the metals needed in the modern world. We want to make sure that they have the best possible machinery at hand.”