Epec Opens Smart Factory in Finland

The new smart electronics factory aims for carbon neutrality and uses responsible manufacturing processes, including electricity generation from more than 600 solar panels.

Epec Smart Factory 1 (ESF1) in Seinäjoki, Finland
Epec Smart Factory 1 (ESF1) in Seinäjoki, Finland

Finnish technology company Epec has opened a new smart and environmentally friendly Epec Smart Factory 1 (ESF1) in Seinäjoki, Finland. The factory, which also houses Epec's headquarters, produces, for example, control units, displays, sensors, power distribution units and telematics units for the needs of various mobile work machines and commercial vehicles. In addition, Epec designs and develops systems and software for machine manufacturer needs.Epec Smart Factory 1 (ESF1) in Seinäjoki, FinlandEpec Smart Factory 1 (ESF1) in Seinäjoki, FinlandEpec

According to Epec, a subsidiary of parent company Ponsse Plc, the state-of-the-art factory is a significant investment and is in line with the company’s growth goals and responsibility commitments.

“Responsibility goals are also pushing the technology transformation in the mobile machinery and commercial vehicle sector," said Epec Managing Director Jyri Kylä-Kaila. "The technology transformation is accelerating digitization and electrification in mobile machinery and vehicles. Epec’s products play a key role in enabling the development of more responsible mobile machinery and commercial vehicles. They offer solutions for integrating electronic systems and control systems, optimize the efficiency of machines and promote productivity, while reducing emissions. Our products enable the path toward zero-emission work machines. The factory offers us a significant opportunity for our growth and for our customers’ continued success.”

ESF1 aims for carbon neutrality during operation and uses sustainable manufacturing processes. The factory, covering an area of over 91,000 square feet, incorporates energy-efficient solutions, including electricity generation from more than 600 solar panels (210 MWh/year) and a geothermal system. Heat recovery is achieved through efficient needle heat exchangers, and the need for cooling energy is significantly reduced by an aluminum grille in the office wall. All electricity and heating energy is sourced from renewable sources.