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Valmet acquires two environmental systems businesses


July 5, 2021
By P&PC Staff

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Valmet has completed the acquisitions of two European manufacturers, which the company says will boost its environmental systems business.

The pulp and paper technology provider now owns EWK Umwelttechnik GmbH and ECP Group Oy.

EWK Umwelttechnik is a German company manufacturing and supplying air emission control systems and after-installation services, now part of Valmet’s pulp and energy business line.

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EWK Umwelttechnik’s offering of emission control technologies includes electrostatic precipitators, wet absorbers, catalytic and heat recovery systems, and wastewater purification products. The company serves multiple customer segments, including wood-based panelboard, glass, mineral wool and steel industries.

Net sales EWK Umwelttechnik were approximately EUR 22 million in 2020. The company employs approximately 50 employees mainly in Kaiserslautern, Ger.

ECP Group is a Finnish manufacturer and maintainer of electrostatic precipitators (ESP), focusing on power plants and pulp and paper industry and has been renamed Valmet Environment Oy. The acquired business will move into Valmet’s EMEA organization to enhance energy and recovery services.

ECP Group’s offering consists of manufacturing and modernizing electrostatic precipitators as well as providing services, such as inspections, annual maintenance, spare parts and performance improvements. The net sales of ECP Group were approximately EUR 6 million in 2020. The company, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, and employs around 20 employees.

“The demand for better air emission control is increasing as emission regulations are tightening in our customer industries, and our customers look for more sustainable technology,” says Minna Saarelainen, director, energy sales and services operations for Valmet, in a statement.

“Now we are able to better serve our customers’ needs in flue gas cleaning. This is a true step change, and we are excited to welcome experienced and committed members to our team.”

Tapani Stipa, CEO of ECP Group, says, “Joining Valmet enables us to develop and strengthen our expertise in ESP technology. As part of Valmet, we are taking a major leap forward as we will be able to serve our customers in an even stronger, more international and customer-oriented manner.”