Kaptas’ prospects for the year 2018:
THE ECONOMY IS PICKING UP, WHICH IS VISIBLE IN THE VOLUME OF ORDERS IN HAND, MORE SPECIALISTS NEEDED, INUDSTRIAL AUTOMATION RATE SHOULD BE FURTHER RAISED
Kaptas’ volume of orders in hand is strong and covers all customer segments of the company: plastic and metal industries, food industry and the pharmaceutical industry. All customer fields of Kaptas have a similar necessity of automation: correctly implemented automation strengthens the competitiveness of companies.
The accounting period of Kaptas ends in March. In 2016, the turnover of Kaptas was EUR 4.1 million.
Kaptas has empowered the entire Northern Karelia and created new networking in the region. The network partners of the company represent the best know-how in their respective fields - design, simulation, mechanisation.
Seamless cooperation and Kaptas quality has enabled the cooperation network to grab a strict hold on international markets. The core of export is the pharmaceutical industry, which shows increasing interest to the know-how of Northern Karelia. For example, the pharmaceutical industry deal in Sweden a year ago has led to new orders.
Health industry is one of the fastest growing businesses in the world. Sub-contracting industry of the pharmaceutical field is part of health technology. In 2016, the export of Finnish health technology was worth of EUR 2.1 billion.
Kaptas directly employs almost 30 top professionals. The company employed two mechanics and one electrician in early 2018.
Along with the increased demand for automation solutions in the pharmaceutical industry, Kaptas also needs more professionals in validation. Validator is a crucial actor in guaranteeing risk management and quality. The importance of validation is particularly highlighted in the pharmaceutical industry.
The time for automation is now!
Kaptas, established in 2007, extended into an international actor during the years when the Finnish economy was suffering from recession. Kaptas’ Managing Director Pertti Tykkyläinen estimates that the recession taught the company – they had to cut the unnecessary, and the significance of effectiveness concretised.
A lot of discussion has been held on the necessity of digitalisation, robotics and automation. Progress has been achieved in the utilisation of automation, but the pace should be accelerated. Kaptas calls for more actions.
- Productivity and effectiveness is vital for success. Costs are created throughout the lifecycle of a product starting from product design and simulation. Considering assembly in different phases of product design is therefore extremely important. Manual work increases costs; each thumbmark costs money, reminds Managing Director Tykkyläinen.
Towards new markets
The actual economic profit of automation consists of several parts: increased quality, savings of energy and raw material, decrease in product turnaround time, shorter storage cycle of material and savings in labour costs. In other words, automation decreases production costs, unit price becomes lower, and productivity is enhanced.
Kaptas rejects the claim that automation would take jobs away. On the contrary – productivity and effectiveness are vital to success and the best manner to hold onto jobs.
- Automation can decrease the number of mechanical, dangerous and monotonous human tasks. With intelligent automation, companies can reach new markets. Know-how is the key – that helps us to hold onto Finnish work and create more jobs.