Earth’s water will not run out. It circulates in a never ending cycle and, in principle, the quantity is constant. Nonetheless, to make use of our life-maintaining water, it has to be clean. This quality is not always easily achieved. Quite simply, we have to be better at looking after the precious drops. An important element in this is research and development into improved methods of cleaning and reusing our water.
Many years’ experience and own production
Läckeby Products, part of the Läckeby Water Group, has long experience in the above matters. It has been in the industry since 1935 and is now the leader in water treatment and the processing of biological waste. Besides Läckeby Products, the group also has the Purac Puregas AB and Purac AB brands.
Läckeby Products manufactures products for treating waste, potable and process water. Its range of both in-house developed and licensed products further includes products for sludge treatment. Design, development and manufacture of a number of the products that are most important as regards the functionality, operating cost and operational safety of all types of plant are taken care of in-house.
Having almost 80 years in the industry, the company has gained expertise (not least through decades of contract operations worldwide) that has grown ever deeper with the passage of time.
Good stainless steel relations
Most of the company’s products are stainless steel. For many years, it has been using welding and pickling products from Avesta Welding and Avesta Finishing Chemicals respectively. These are supplied via a single distributor, Svetsteknik i Kristianstad AB.
“Läckeby Products is one of our oldest and best customers,” comments Magnus Christenson, sales engineer at Svetsteknik. “We have a strong and close relationship. To top up its stocks of certain goods such as welding consumables, the preponderance of which come from Avesta Welding, we regularly visit the company. If it needs anything between these scheduled visits, we can often supply at short notice. Of course, another advantage is that, if necessary, we can get expert technical support from Avesta Welding and Avesta Finishing Chemicals. It is truly great to see how Läckeby Products has developed over the years and how it is now further establishing its leading position in the industry.”
Product development increasingly important
“Every customer has its special requests and needs,” explains Johan Andersson, Läckeby Products’ production manager. “We are continuously trying to tailor our products to the customer’s unique conditions. Product development is an ever ongoing process that, nowadays, is also largely governed by new requirements in environmental legislation.”
Spray pickled receiving units for the collection, homogenisation and onward transport of waste.
New pickling plant
Everyone who welds stainless steel knows that post-treatment is necessary to ensure that welds are corrosion resistant. Chemical surface treatment, pickling, is the best method of achieving this. Läckeby Products has used pickling ever since the 1990s and, during this time, has gained great experience and knowledge in the area.
When, earlier this year, operations were being moved and investment made in an entirely new pickling plant, it was only natural to turn to Avesta Finishing Chemicals (AFC) in Malmö. AFC is experienced in complete solutions for all types of pickling plants. Contact at an early stage has enabled AFC to contribute its know-how, practical advice and solutions all the way from planning and installation to start-up and monitoring.
AFC has many years of expertise in providing support for customers via the continuous checking of pickling bath operation (and making recommendations in respect thereof). This gives lower costs, even and high quality of pickled goods, documented process control and, through optimisation of the pickling process, reduced negative environmental impact. All this is included in AFC’s pickling bath service concept, something that is attracting the attention of an increasing number of customers.
Housing both production and pickling, the new plant is in Kalmar in premises that were formerly Bombardier’s workshops. The pickling hall occupies roughly 350 m2 and, at 10 x 1.8 x 2.1 m, the bath is suitable for immersion pickling even really large constructions. Thanks to its generous proportions, the hall additionally accommodates spray pickling. Subcontract pickling for other companies is now also possible.Housing both production and pickling, the new plant is in Kalmar in premises that were formerly Bombardier’s workshops. Thanks to its generous proportions, the hall additionally accommodates spray pickling. Subcontract pickling for other companies is now also possible.
Find out more about Läckeby Water Group at www.lackebywater.se
The pickling hall occupies roughly 350 m2 and, at 10 x 1.8 x 2.1 m, the bath is suitable for immersion pickling even really large constructions.
“We are extremely pleased with the collaboration with Avesta Finishing Chemicals,” states Johan Anderson. We will continue developing and making products that can contribute to what we call ‘environmental management in practice’. With our new pickling hall, we are well equipped for the future.”