Genelec Expands Factory and Logistics Operations Powered Exclusively by Sustainable Sources

February 12 2020, 00:15
Genelec has signaled a new era of sustainable growth for its operations with the opening of a brand new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland. Adopting the latest technologies, the factory extension will significantly increase the space, flexibility and efficiency of the company’s warehousing and logistics operations, while ensuring that the entire facility is now powered exclusively by sustainable sources including solar, wind and hydroelectric energy.

The Finish company is going through an important expansion stage of its operations, as the company know globally for its market-leading active studio monitors, started to grow dramatically towards the residential and commercial audio installation markets. That expansion imposed the need for expanding its original facilities, particularly now that Genelec is leading its field with IP-connected PoE speakers with the market introduction of the Smart IP range.

For over four decades Genelec has consistently followed a path of sustainable development and environmental responsibility, and has made recycled materials, low energy consumption and long product lifespan central to its design philosophy. The current factory by Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi was built in 1985 with an architectural design that complements its beautiful natural surroundings, and was designed to significantly reduce energy wastage through its use of heat recovery and generous insulation of walls, ceiling and windows. 

The original factory moved from oil to a combination of wind and hydroelectric energy supply many years ago, and the new extension now brings solar energy to the mix courtesy of over 450 roof-mounted solar panels which will supply 30% of Genelec’s annual power.
Solar panels at Genelec’s new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland.
The expansion project was managed by Genelec Development Engineer Annika Hujanen, and provides almost 2000 sq.m of floor space for warehousing and logistics alone, with considerable additional space for customer support offices, a centralized automation control centre and efficient waste processing. In keeping with Genelec’s environmental policies all architects, designers and contractors were chosen for the project based on both their sustainability credentials and their close proximity to Iisalmi, resulting in less travel, better material logistics, and reduced waste and CO2 emissions. The expansion also enables consolidation of Genelec’s external warehouses, offering further improvements in the efficiency of material flow, lean manufacturing and reductions in waste and power consumption.

Commenting on the project, Hujanen explains: “We take our responsibilities to the local community very seriously, so we were really excited to see all the people involved joining forces with us to contribute to the eco-system here in Iisalmi in a sustainable and innovative way. The work was completed on time, on budget and to a fantastically high standard. We’re really proud of what the entire team has achieved.”
Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Genelec’s new extension to its lakeside factory in Iisalmi, Finland.
“For over four decades, total quality and sustainability have been core principles of Genelec’s philosophy. The company has strategically regarded environmental issues as being equally important as profitability, and while our consistent growth in business has been the catalyst for this factory expansion, that growth has to be maintained sustainably. Continuing to keep our entire manufacturing base here in Iisalmi means that we can always guarantee not only the premium total quality of our products, but also that our entire design and manufacturing process helps to conserve our precious natural resources,” Genelec Managing Director Siamak Naghian adds.
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