Skandia Elevator, the leading manufacturer of grain handling systems in Europe, has extensively extended its manufacturing facility in Vara, Sweden. The 7 million Euro, 4800 m2 extension has been added to the factory in response to increasing product demand from customers across Europe, including the UK where the company is represented by BDC Systems. Sales to the UK account for 14% of global sales, making it the largest market outside Sweden.
Established in 1914, Skandia designs and manufactures innovative grain handling systems for end users of all sizes from small farms up to large-scale grain production facilities. The company’s mission is to continue to set new standards in grain conveying technology through customer research and product development.
Skandia has led the way in manufacturing processes for grain handling systems for a number of years. The company introduced lean manufacturing in 2009, lean product development in 2011 and Six Sigma process improvement procedures earlier this year.
The new extended facility features two new state-of-the-art punching machines together three new production line robots, a number of new assembly and packing lines as well as extended storage facilities. This additional capacity will help the company achieve its target of increasing production, which stood at 2500 machines in 2010/11, and trebling its turnover between 2010 and 2015.
Andrew Head, Managing Director of BDC Systems comments: “Skandia’s continual investment in R&D and manufacturing facilities has resulted in a range of market leading products that meet the needs of our UK customers in terms of value for money, high quality and durability and longevity.”