“By selecting a well-equipped machine, we wanted to ensure that we could crush recycled materials profitably and produce clean end products that are small enough to meet our customers’ needs,” says the CEO and second-generation entrepreneur Joona Ahonen.
“Finnish origin, spare part service in close proximity and maintenance services were the crucial factors affecting our decision. We didn’t want to buy a machine from a manufacturer operating behind the Brexit wall.”
First trial in the freezing weather
The first trial of the new Lokotrack recycling crusher was in the freezing weather of downtown Kuopio at the beginning of February. The machine had to crush approximately 10,000 metric tons of concrete that was heavily reinforced with steel and asphalt. The material was demolished from an old swimming hall.
The site was next to the Niirala ice arena, a bowling center and a residential area. It was therefore important to suppress dust emissions by water sprinkling. Crushing was allowed from 7 am to 6 pm on business days.