Weeefiner, specialist of metal and nutrient recovery, has moved to new premises in Eteläportti, Jyväskylä (Finland). The new facilities conveniently bring together production, laboratory, 3D printing, and offices under the same roof. The move is driven by the growing need for space and a desire to streamline product development.
Weeefiner has significantly expanded its operations over the past couple of years. What began as a two-person company has grown into a team of 13 experts, providing water treatment and recovery solutions to multiple industrial sectors. As the company has grown, so has the need for space.
"Our growth story is just beginning, and that's why we started looking for premises that would better meet both our current needs and enable our future expansion. Previously, our spaces were more dispersed, and, for example, storage had to be sought from a greater distance. In our current facilities, different functions come together into a more integrated whole, which will streamline our operations," says Mikko Hänninen, CEO of Weeefiner.
At Eteläportti, there is a lot of space for laboratory testing. In the picture: Senior Laboratory Technician Tiina Finer.
The expanded production facilities bring new opportunities for operations. Investing in production facilities enables, among other things, the construction of larger pilot solutions in-house and seamless 3D printing. One significant advantage of the new facilities is the opportunity for larger-scale demonstrations and the construction of pilot solutions. This allows Weeefiner to operate more flexibly and respond quickly to the water treatment and recovery needs of its customers.
"We still collaborate with our subcontractors, especially in larger water treatment projects, but now we have better space to build pilot equipment ourselves. In addition, smaller off-site pilot tests and demonstrations can be carried out more easily in our production facilities in the future," says Elmeri Lahtinen, Chief Technology Officer at Weeefiner.
Weeefiner's Project Engineer Jouni Väli-Torala checking the pilot equipment.
Weeefiner's 4D Scavenger recovery technology is based on 3D-printed components. The unique manufacturing method allows customization of the technology for capturing different target materials from water bodies.
"With more space at Eteläportti, we were able to increase our 3D printing capacity. This speeds up the production and implementation of 4D Scavengers and enhances the product development," adds Lahtinen.
Weeefiner's offices were previously located in the premises of the University of Jyväskylä. Weeefiner's roots are strongly connected to the university, as the company's story began with an innovation born out of research at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Jyväskylä.
"The story of 4D Scavenger and Weeefiner as a whole began at the university, and with both a nostalgic and enthusiastic spirit, we are starting this new phase in our company's growth journey. Weeefiner will continue to collaborate with the university and other educational institutions because research-driven approaches, innovation, and expertise remain the cornerstones of our operations," says Mikko Hänninen.
Weeefiner's new address: Appiukontie 9, 40530 Jyväskylä FINLAND.