Beijer Tech signs agreement to acquire Källström Engineering Systems

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Beijer Tech signs agreement to acquire Källström Engineering Systems

Taken from the Pressrelease:

Beijer Alma’s subsidiary Beijer Tech has signed an agreement to acquire 85.6% of the shares in Källström Engineering Systems AB (“Källström”). The acquisition is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2021.

Källström designs and produces filling and mixing equipment for corrosive agents, primarily for the international battery industry. The company has a high level of technical competence with almost 30 years of experience from the industry and a well-established brand with long customer relationships. Källström has sales of approximately SEK 35 million with good profitability.

Beijer Tech’s CEO, Staffan Johansson, comments on the deal “I am impressed by the market position Källström has managed to build up with a large share of international sales and I am pleased that we have completed this acquisition. The company is well-managed, niched and gives Beijer Tech a new product area in an exciting future industry. ”

After the transaction, the previous main owners will remain both as minority owners and in their operational roles to continue to develop the business together with Beijer Tech.

Källströms CEO, Anders Källström, comments on the deal: “We look forward to develop our business further together with Beijer Tech. We are convinced that we have found the right strategic partner in Beijer Tech for Källströms long-term development and future growth.”

Beijer Alma’s CEO, Henrik Perbeck, also comments on the deal: “Through the acquisition of Källström, Beijer Tech continues its strategy to acquire good companies in exciting niches with a high degree of refinement.”

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Beijer Alma AB (publ) is an international industrial group focusing on component manufacturing and industrial trade. The group includes Lesjöfors, which is one of Europe’s largest spring manufacturers, Habia Cable – one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of special cables and Beijer Tech with strong positions in industrial trade and manufacturing in the Nordic region. Beijer Alma is listed on the NASDAQ Stockholm Mid Cap list.

Low service for 3 weeks

During summer vacation our spare part orders will be more or less closed down for three weeks during summer 2021: week 29, 30, 31. This means we will be low on personell for spare part orders from July 19 to August 9. Also, please note that apart from the summer holidays the ongoing Corona-situation might delay deliveries further. We will of course do our best to help and speed things up under the circumstances!

Summer is coming!

Summer is coming! We'll get back with more information if we decide to close Källström during summer.

During the summer we will be short of personell so please note anticipated longer delivery times. Place your orders in good time. Also, please note that due to the summer holidays and the ongoing Corona-situation deliveries will be delayed. We will do our best to speed things up and help you under the circumstances!

(Note! The picture, and it's ugly background, is in no way related or a comment to the Corona-situation or to slower deliveries. It's just our neighbours backside).

Congratulations to co-worker

Today we congratulates one of our co-workers, Fredrik Larsson, who have recieved the Culture Price from Eslöv. Beside his work with technical information and project managing at Källström Fredrik has been engaged in his artistry for the last 25 years or so. A couple of weeks ago he received the great honor of being choosen to recieve the Eslöv Community Culture Price for 2020. The prize was given for his artistry and his work with art in Eslöv which have included cooperation with pupils from the Eslöv Cultur-school. Much of his artistry have revolved around the town of Eslöv which is Fredriks birth city. When he returned to Eslöv in 2003 he started to explore the towns history through his art and artistry, which have turned up a lot of unexpected stories when he “uncovered”/discovered an archive. Fredrik is mostly working with contemporary art such as storytelling, installation and performance.

A picture of Fredrik in one of his different art-projects when he (and assisting pupils from Eslövs Cultur-school as well as other Eslöv kids) was working on “The Worlds Longest Street Painting in Eslöv” during a Town Festivale some years ago.

New section

Extended section for options

Our homepage is step-by-step updated and today a section got extended with a new undersection about options for our battery-filler.

We have collected all options in one place and you can see it here.

Concrete floor

Time to fill the hall with concrete to get a sturdy floor in our new assembly hall. A gigant pump is constantly filled up by concrete trucks.

The concrete is pumped via a long arm and hose into the hall to form the new floor.

Filing up the floorbed with concrete goes rather quick and the liquid floor surface is flattened as we go.

The hall is filling up bit by bit and a shiny concrete surface emerges more and more.

Almost done, just a few square meters to go…

As soon as the concrete starts to harden the polishing of the surface is up. This looks like a machine I personally would love to ride around on.

New floor hardened and is now ready for use.

Next step is furnishing and set up of the interior as soon as the doors are up.

Scope of supply extended

A new capping machine has been developed for the chemical industry, a Källström capping-machine. This machine is designed to work together with a Källström drum-filler and is directly connected after the filling machine for putting caps on drums and containers. Filling and capping is made simultaneously in one line.

The machine is built entirely of acid proof stainless steel and acid proof plastic materials, which makes it entirely resilient against corrosive environment and agressive liquids, like all Källström machines.

Above: Back side view of the CM4 Capping machine

Below is the front side view of the machine with the HMI from where the operator is controlling the capping-machine.

You can read more about it >>here<<

New container filler

A new container filler, CF4-2S, suited for a range of containers (2-25 liters) has been developed for the chemical industry. The machine is designed for highly aggressive liquids and are designed to be connected to the ventilation system for evacuating toxic fumes. The filler is fully automatic and performs a leak-test of the containers and is filling on a scale-unit for an exact filling.

The filler is built entirely of acid proof stainless steel and acid proof plastic materials, which makes it entirely resilient against corrosive environment and agressive liquids, like all Källström machines.

You can see more >>here<<

New Year new holds

After the Christmas and New Years eve, we are ramping up production on the new year. Apart from new machines our new production hall is shaping up more and more. The roof and plating is ongoing and preparation for the new floor has been made. The new area around the hall is also taking shape. A driveway has been founded and the pole setting for the gates are also done. Now we are waiting for the floor to be concreted.

Roof was starting to come up in December.

After the roof, the preparation of concreting the floor started.

Floor ready for concrete.

External plating is under way on a wonderful sunny day.

Källström Lucia

At December 13 (yesterday) Lucia is celebrated in Sweden (“Saint Lucy’s Day” in English). All over Scandinavia this date is associated with the longest night of the year (and consequencely the shortest day), since it’s coinciding with Winter Solstice. It is said that to vividly celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

This morning we got a surprise appearence and a visit by Lucia at here Källström! Lucia came singing at the breakfast with lights in the hair and all. A suspiciously bearded Santa also appeared to back our Lucia up in the singing!

Saint Lucy

Our Lucia followed up on a long tradition since “she” was actually male. Fact is that in the 1800’s it was only men that appeared as Lucia. The modern Lucia tradition was namely first started among the Swedish universities where female students wheren’t allowed at that time. Nowadays there are some controversy over males as Lucia (amongst narrowminded people), with one male who was elected Lucia at a high school being blocked from performing. Not so at Källström!

The modern tradition of having public processions in the Swedish cities really took off in 1927 when a newspaper in Stockholm elected an official Lucia for Stockholm that year. The initiative was then followed around the country through the local press. Today most cities in Sweden appoint a Lucia every year. Schools elect a Lucia and her maids among the students and a national Lucia is elected on national television from regional winners. The regional Lucias will visit shopping malls, old people’s homes and churches, singing and handing out gingernut cookies (pepparkakor). Guinness World Records has noted the Lucia procession in Ericsson Globe in Stockholm as the largest in the world, with 1200 participants from Adolf Fredrik’s Music School, Stockholms Musikgymnasium and Stockholms läns Blåsarsymfoniker.

Lucia is a major feast day in Scandinavia, Sankta Lucia is represented as a lady in a white dress (a symbol of a Christian’s white baptismal robe) and red sash (symbolizing the blood of her martyrdom) with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, as songs are sung, girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry cookies and saffron buns in procession, which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness”. Nowadays Sweden are a rather secular society and for most people it doesn’t hold a religious significance but are rather a light festival where we celebrate the light in the darkness, since it is in fact the darkest time of the year and we are waiting for the (day)light to return to our northerly regions.

Devotion to Saint Lucy is also practiced in the Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, in the north of the country, and Sicily, in the south, as well as in the Croatian coastal region of Dalmatia.