Viking Malt has laid the foundation stone for its new production plant in Lahti. The plan is that the new malting house will start its operations in 2023. It is about 90 million euro project in size and the production capacity will be ca. 85 000 tons per year. Owner Pär-Gustaf Relander and CEO Kasper Madsen hosted the ceremony at the construction site on Pippo-Kujala industrial area.
The company is already over 130 years old and the key to success has always been to focus on high quality and to be open to innovation and new technology. The new plant is a continuation of this tradition. Building a new plant gives a unique opportunity to utilize the newest technology to both increase efficiency and to become more environmentally friendly. It will also enable Viking Malt to produce a variety of new products on top of the current selection.
“The world around is changing, technology develops and sustainability becomes more and more in the center of everything we do. We are doing our bit to shape this change and in doing so, we are undergoing our own transformation. Our culture and our values are the foundations for this.” says Pär-Gustaf Relander, owner of Viking Malt.
An important part of the ceremony was the time capsule, which was placed inside the symbolic foundation stone and contains among other a slide rule, grains and beans and a mask. These objects symbolize both the roots and the future of the company and remind us of the special time of Covid19 pandemic that has shadowed the start of building project. For that reason, a very limited number of guests where present in the event.