Greenful reforms the construction industry in a more sustainable direction:
“A competent engineering firm is the best partner for a growth company”
Greenful, a manufacturer of innovative building materials from recycled waste, needed an experienced engineering company to be responsible of the conceptual design of the company’s first production plant. The challenge was taken up by Elomatic, which designed the plant to be built in Kampen, the Netherlands. A reliable technical partner has accelerated the company’s growth and reduced business risks.
Greenful’s mission is to solve Europe’s waste problem by recycling plastic, textile and rubber waste into building materials. The company has developed a range of products to replace the use of virgin materials in the construction sector, reducing carbon emissions and transforming the construction industry one project at a time towards a more sustainable future.
The work done by Greenful is valuable, as it allows raw materials with a low recycling rate to be recycled into an excellent end product.
One of these products is the Greenful Panel, a strong, load-bearing building panel. It will be manufactured in a new factory in Kampen, the Netherlands, for which Greenful needed the support of an experienced engineering firm. From a range of options, the company chose Elomatic, who joined the project as a technical partner responsible for the conceptual design of the plant.
“The modernization of the construction industry is very important. The work done by Greenful is valuable, as it allows raw materials with a low recycling rate to be recycled into an excellent end product. It’s great that we can help an innovative company to promote sustainable development,” says Timo Pirinen, Vice President at Elomatic.
An experienced player is a valuable partner in factory design
The conceptual design included the design and adaptation of the factory manufacturing process to the factory building, the electrical and automation design and the HVAC design of the production facilities. In addition, Elomatic was responsible for the definition of the production capacity of the plant and the cost calculations for the entire plant.
I would like to encourage other early-stage companies to get an experienced partner to support them in their factory investments, so that the project progresses quickly and with high quality.
As an experienced engineering house, Elomatic was able to advise the company on how to proceed with the project. The factory project is a first for Greenful, but Elomatic has a long history of designing factories.
“We have benefited enormously from working with Elomatic. I would like to encourage other early-stage companies to get an experienced partner to support them in their factory investments, so that the project progresses quickly and with high quality. In this way, the implementation of the plans does not depend on human resources or expertise,” says Toomas Allikas, the CEO of Greenful.
Time to focus on core business
Growth-oriented Greenful has been impressed by Elomatic’s expertise in factory design: according to Allikas, a reliable technical partner both accelerates the company’s growth and significantly reduces the risks of doing business.
“When working with Elomatic, there is always a solution to any problem. Our multidisciplinary expertise is reflected in the fact that we can rely completely on Elomatic’s professionals and know-how,” says Michael Vasileff, the company’s CFO.
Greenful has been particularly satisfied with the project management, the quality of the designers’ skills and the accuracy of the work. The partnership with Elomatic has released time for Greenful’s entrepreneurs to focus on their core business as the factory project has progressed according to plan.
Mutual trust has made cooperation easy
The plant will be built in an old property, so Elomatic’s engineers have travelled to the Netherlands to visit the site. Otherwise, the international team has worked seamlessly together remotely.
“Communication with Greenful has been straightforward from the start. They have trusted our professional engineers, which has made the collaboration effortless. Even with changing goals the project has progressed well,” confirms Pirinen.
“We have been impressed by the attitude with which Elomatic’s designers work. They have guided us professionally and patiently through the different phases, and project management through Teams has worked well,” says Allikas.
Building a sustainable world requires innovativeness
The vision of Greenful is to be a global leader in the market for recycled building materials, and one of its goals is to bring other building materials developed by the company into production. The first production plant in the Netherlands is just the start of a journey towards a more sustainable, resource-wise world.
“The first factory project is intended to serve as a model for future factories. This will allow us to scale up production and expand to other countries, such as Finland, where Greenful’s second factory is being built,” says Vasileff.
Expansion into solar energy production and waste sorting centers are also part of Greenful’s plans for the future.
“Elomatic will be the technological partner in all these projects. If anything, this is a testament to Elomatic’s extensive expertise,” emphasizes Allikas.
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