Mölnlycke Health Care of Sweden, has selected its Mikkeli, Finland facility to drive the company into the future. The company will invest 60€ M to enhance its operations in Mikkeli transforming it into an ultra-efficient new products manufacturing location for current and next generation products. With such an advanced manufacturing competency, combined with the local skilled and innovative workforce, Mölnlycke will maintain and grow its global wound care presence.
The investment represents a significant commitment on the part of Mölnlycke. The Mikkeli facility has been running since 1970s. “The skilled personnel of the production plant in Mikkeli with an excellent track record on efficiency and continuous improvement has earned the trust of our headquarters. We involve our personnel in all phases of decision making including the investments. I am very proud of the collaborative spirit of our entire team in Mikkeli,” says Timo Saahko, General Manager of Mölnlycke’s Mikkeli factory.
The investment will raise the degree of automation in production and further increase the efficiency of product development. “With these investments, we are delighted to support Mölnlycke’s global strategy,” Saahko continued. “The next few years are going to be very busy. We’re looking forward to increasing production so that more customers and patients can benefit from our first class wound care solutions.”
Mikkeli, located in eastern Finland at the beautiful Lake of Saimaa is known for most summer residences in Finland. The town itself is modest with a population of approximately 55,000 and has proven to be an excellent collaboration partner for Mölnlycke. Saahko stated that “the City has truly been supportive with our growth,” especially with the addition of 72 new jobs in 2016.
Mölnlycke’s investment plan exemplifies both the growth potential in the manufacturing sector in Finland and the value and advantage of an innovative and skilled workforce. According to Heikki Piironen, Executive Vice President of the local economic development agency, Miksei Mikkeli, “Mikkeli is a hidden jewel with a lot of brain power and several universities – the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Eastern Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology. We welcome investors to explore opportunities in our area that will empower them to grow and prosper.”