FSP’S DEVELOPMENT MANAGER JULI-ANN RIKKONEN: LOSS MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ARE TOPICAL QUESTIONS FOR THE SURFACE TREATMENT INDUSTRY
In ”The Faces of FSP” article series, we meet the people behind the company and talk to them about their work in the context of topical questions for the industry and for FSP. Development Manager Juli-Ann Rikkonen has to stay abreast of the latest developments in FSP and the industry as a whole, while also anticipating how surface treatment will evolve in the future. What does she see as the materials and techniques of the future?
At FSP, we see quality, safety and environmental friendliness as centrally important. These priorities are clearly visible in Juli-Ann Rikkonen’s work with materials and working methods. Rikkonen is responsible for development, innovation and quality control at FSP.
– My work requires expert knowledge of surfaces and coatings. This is why we collaborate with a number of suppliers, says Rikkonen. I actively research suppliers and models around the world. Product innovation is happening all the time.
New innovations can take a long while to make it to the Finnish market.
– Polyurea has been used for over two decades in the United States, for example, but is a new material in Finland, Rikkonen says.
Nanoresearch is another such example, and FSP is interested in the possibilities afforded by nanotechnology. Nano-sized surface treatment agents are already in use in Finland, including products for protection and cleaning applications in industrial surface treatment.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TAKES CENTRE STAGE
Environmental and sustainability requirements are taking on increasing importance in the industrial surface treatment sector.
– There is a lot of interest in completely new coating and other materials, says Juli-Ann Rikkonen.
As an example, she cites research into the effects on corrosion prevention of material created as a by-product of timber industry processes.
– Such innovations are sure to receive significant attention around the world, Rikkonen muses. Loss management and recycling take centre stage. Part of what was previously waste can be turned into coating material, which won’t then have to be produced from scratch.
Such developments are simultaneously desired and necessary.
–Oil reserves are being inevitably depleted, which leads to higher prices. Technological innovation makes it possible for us to take advantage of non-conventional petroleum resources, such as oil sands, in an economically viable manner. Despite this, the coating materials of the future will have to be created using other sources as well.
The Development Manager is not worried by the industry’s current state of flux.
– Whatever challenges we face, I plan to stay informed and committed to smart working methods.
“Always pursue your interests”
- FSP Development Manager since June 2017. Previously a summer employee at FSP in 2015, thesis worker in 2016, and Development Engineer starting in June 2016
- Painting, Materials and Surface Treatment Industry Engineer, M.Sc. Technology (Aalto University / Material Science and Industrial Engineering and Management)
- 28 years old, lives in Helsinki with her partner
- Her hobbies include powerlifting and ringette, used to play handball
“I have always pursued the things that genuinely interest me, going beyond my core competences to find solutions. Open-mindedness, curiosity and a tendency to constantly challenge myself help me make sure that I keep moving forward.”