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Inside Genelec’s Sustainable Energy-Powered Factory

With the advent of its newly expanded factory in Finland, Genelec’s entire facility is now powered exclusively by solar, wind and hydroelectric energy.

Iisalmi, Finland (February 12, 2020)—While studio monitor mainstay Genelec has long used a combination of wind and hydroelectric energy to power its factory by Porovesi Lake in Iisalmi, Finland, the company recently expanded its facility to add almost 2,000 square meters (21,528 square feet) of floor space. While the new expansion provides room for business opportunities, it also created room to add solar power to the company’s sustainable energy mix in the form of more than 450 roof-mounted solar panels, which will supply 30% of Genelec’s annual power.

Built on to the original 1985 factory, the expansion project was managed by Genelec development engineer Annika Hujanen and will house warehousing and logistics, with additional space for customer support offices, a centralized automation control center and efficient waste processing. In keeping with Genelec’s environmental policies, all architects, designers and contractors were chosen for the project based on both their sustainability credentials and their close proximity to Iisalmi, resulting in less travel, better material logistics, and reduced waste and CO2 emissions. The expansion also enabled consolidation of Genelec’s external warehouses, offering further improvements in the efficiency of material flow, lean manufacturing and reductions in waste and power consumption.

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Commenting on the project, Hujanen noted, “We take our responsibilities to the local community very seriously, so we were really excited to see all the people involved joining forces with us to contribute to the eco-system here in Iisalmi in a sustainable and innovative way. The work was completed on time, on budget and to a fantastically high standard. We’re really proud of what the entire team has achieved.”

Genelec managing director Siamak Naghian adds, “For over four decades, total quality and sustainability have been core principles of Genelec’s philosophy. The company has strategically regarded environmental issues as being equally important as profitability, and while our consistent growth in business has been the catalyst for this factory expansion, that growth has to be maintained sustainably. Continuing to keep our entire manufacturing base here in Iisalmi means that we can always guarantee not only the premium total quality of our products, but also that our entire design and manufacturing process helps to conserve our precious natural resources.”

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