Happy Midsummer

Come Friday, Sweden and Källström celebrates Midsummer eve, which means most of Sweden are closed (banks, stores etcetera). Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. Midsummer is the longest day and the shortest night of the year.

The summer solstice, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). Within the Arctic circle (for the northern hemisphere) or Antarctic circle (for the southern hemisphere), there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. Likewise, the Sun’s declination from the celestial equator is 23.44°.

Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions (especially Europe), the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as “midsummer”. Today, however, in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer. This year the festivities might be a bit crippled, but we will still celebrate Midsummer!

A typical Swedish Midsummer includes raising and dancing around a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång) is an activity that attracts families and many others. Greenery placed over houses and barns was historically supposed to bring good fortune and health to people and livestock; this old tradition of decorating with greens continues, though most people no longer take it seriously, but the dancing however is still a serious tradition. To decorate with greens was called att maja (to may) and may be the origin of the word majstång, maja coming originally from the month May, or vice versa.

 

Happy Midsummer!

A Day At The Races, Källström style.

Last week we took a break and went to a nearby race-track to blow off some dust. The weather was faboulous and apart from a few wheel-related mishaps (some put the pedal to the metal and unhinged a tire from the rim in the process) the driving went fine. After several practice runs two finals followed, B-final and A-final, to separate the wheat from the chaff – and by then both gloves and all bets were off.

In the A-final the race went hot and without mercy. A close encounter sent two cars up in an embankment, but in the end all four cars crossed the finish line.

The happy Källström Team prepared and ready to enter the race track:

Upper row, from left to right:
Björn Boij, Fredrik Larsson, Anders Källström, Mirek Polanski, Björn Meeuwisse, Tommy Berglund.

Lower row, from left to right:
Bo Johansson, Lotta Limborg, Camilla Källström, Marie Lindbergh.

Lying down: Jim Sandberg.

The fender bender in the A-finale. Two cars went off the track together (red circle) and the black car (green arrow) ended up the winner, the silvery car (the  yellow arrow) ended up as runner up.

B-final winners from left to right on the winners’ stand: Lotta (no 2), Björn Boij (no 1), Camilla (no 3).

A-final winners from left to right on the winners’ stand: Fredrik (no 2), Mirek (no 1), Anders (no 3). Far left, Jim is a flabbergasted number 4.

Källström Manuals

All our machines comes with a comprehensive manual to help and assist our buyers with the usage, handling and service of their equipment. It is of course always of paramount importance to read and follow the instructions in the manual and if the manual is missing we can help you. Contact the Head Office for a new manual for your machine.

In the workshop

We are completing a couple of new machines in the workshop, it’s a couple of our popular SF4-2D. They are up and running and soon ready to be shipped away to customer.

Buildning as usual

We are currently building two new machines of the SF5-41 and are close to completion. Right now it’s isolation of pipes since the machines are built for chilled acid (-16 Celcius).

New week, new shipping

This week we shipped out three machines, two of our popular acid mixers and one sodium mixer.

As always the machines are steadily secured during the shipping, with screws securing the feets and with heavy duty ratchet straps securing the machine to the containers cargo hooks.

 

Shipping time

In spite of the gray and dull weather, another week another shipping.

This weeks cargo contains three of our popular acid fillers for SLI batteries and one acid level control. The level control unit can be used for checking batteries acid level after top off after formation.

After the usual sturdy securing of the machines in the container we closed, sealed up and waved goodbye to yet another successful shipping.

Official donor to the Swedish World Wildlife Fund foundation 2020

We at Källström are happy to announce that we now are a proud supporter and official donor to the Swedish World Wildlife Fund foundation. “I think it is important for our kids and the future, to support the important work of World Wildlife Fund” says Anders Källström.

WWF is a leading organization since 1961 and have more than 5 million supporter today. WWF works in more than 100 countries on 6 continents.

Our fine diploma that we are very proud about.

 

Taken from WWF’s homepage:

“WWF’s mission is to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature. From our experience as the world’s leading independent conservation body, we know that the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment are closely linked. That’s why we take an integrated approach to our work.

We’re striving to safeguard the natural world, helping people live more sustainably and take action against climate change. We spend a lot of time working with communities, with politicians and with businesses to find solutions so people and nature can thrive.

Our projects are innovative, collaborative and based on scientific evidence. And we think big. We run a number of Global initiatives focussing on the regions and challenges where we can make the biggest difference – from the Arctic and the Amazon to responsible fishing.”

First shipment for 2020

Today we are sending away the first shipping of the new year.

First machine to leave the premises is a sedimentation unit that now is packed, sealed and on it’s way to the customer.

Open for business

We wish you a prosperous and happy new year!

Today we are opening up after the holidays and are back in business after the Christmas leave. We look forward to a new and exciting year on the new decade.