HENRI KIMINKI, FSP: WE SERVE CUSTOMERS IN THE UUSIMAA REGION, FROM MAINTENANCE PAINTING TO FIRE PROTECTION COATINGS

In the “Faces of FSP” series of articles, readers get to know FSP people. They speak about topics that are current for their own work, the whole company and the field in general. Business unit manager Henri Kiminki is responsible for the Uusimaa unit and moving projects. He thinks that the changes to the organisation and their operating methods carried out at the start of the year have gone well. In Kiminki’s area of responsibility, the company offers anti-corrosion painting in surface treatment facilities, projects of various sizes, and more demanding specialised knowhow.

“The whole package is now going well,” Henri Kiminki says to describe how things are going at work.

He has led FSP’s Uusimaa area since the organisational overhaul at the start of the year. The facilities in Porvoo and Järvenpää are part of his area of responsibility, as is the project business operations area. In Rovaniemi, a large bridge project, which began in the spring, is underway. FSP is responsible for the surface treatment of the Ounaskoski rail bridge, which is being restored. The work is estimated to last about 8 months, which works out at about 17,000 man-hours.

 

TRADITIONAL ANTI-CORROSION PAINTING AND SPECIALISED SKILLS – FROM NORSOK INSPECTIONS TO FIRE PROTECTION SURFACES

There are four surface treatment facilities in the Uusimaa region

The Järvenpää surface treatment facility operates on the former Valmet Technologies premises and its services are washing and cleaning, blast cleaning with steel particles and wet painting. The facility is NORSOK certified. The second Järvenpää facility is a surface treatment facility tailored to the needs of Auramo Oy, an inhouse painting workshop outsourced to FSP.

“Our employees are qualified in NORSOK inspections,” Henri Kiminki says.“In addition, the Järvenpää facility offers the possibility of alkaline washes. We have proper facilities for washing and pre-treatment.”

Järvenpää also has a lifting capacity of up to 80 tonnes

“This is a different class form other facilities. The conditions are better than in an average surface treatment facility,” Kiminki says.

“The quality is at the right level,” he says, satisfied.

There are also two surface treatment facilities in Porvoo, on Nybyntie and in Eerolanmäki. They mostly focus on the surface treatment of pipe and steel structures. The services include blast cleaning with steel particles and natural sand, wet painting, and fire protection coatings. In addition, the Porvoo employees carry out maintenance painting in the oil refinery.

“Porvoo offers the possibility of treating surfaces with polyurea,” Kiminki says. “For the moment, only a limited number of clients use it, but this kind of surface treatment has a lot of potential and possibilities once it is adapted to client needs.”

Porvoo also does a significant number of fire protection coatings

“The change in safety regulations means that the need and amount of fire protection coatings has grown rapidly. Fire protection coatings and the coating method have become extremely competitive with respect to traditional mineral wool insulation,” Kiminki says. “We make a lot of fire protection coatings in Porvoo – and we have the facilities to make even more of them than now.”

 

FLEXIBLE WORKING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

Henri Kiminki is happy with the current area division of FSP and the resourcing of its work.

“We now now better than before what happens at each facility and we can offer our clients a more flexible service,” he says.“When a request for a quote comes, we can forward it to the right location flexibly. This balances out our capacity. We don’t overload any one facility endlessly; rather, we focus all our efforts at doing our job together.

Depending on the season and situation, an average of 40 workers work in Kiminki’s area. There are five foremen and one project manager.

“My own job is ensuring the functioning of projects and paint workshops, calculating quotes, and resourcing. With the project manager, I ensure that the project production starts as planned. After that, the project manager and foreman take over,” Kiminki says.

“After the project has started, I can usually concentrate on other tasks, such as developing operations and technology. All of our people can do their jobs well.”

 

NORSOK

  • A standards system created by the Norwegian oil industry.
  • NORSOK sets strict criteria for pre-treatment, film thicknesses and the whole quality management process.
  • The inspections are based on measurements, not sensory observations.
  • NORSOK quality guarantees that the surface treatment is durable and complies with the demands of the standard even in exacting conditions.
  • NORSOK requires specialised knowhow of the production facility: there is only a limited number of NORSOK specialists and inspectors in Finland.
  • FSP has five NORSOK inspectors and several NORSOK-qualified surface treatment specialists

 

POLYUREA

  • A double component coating: it is achieved by exploiting the properties of two reactive components.
  • A polyurea coating is applied by spraying.
  • The coating dries very rapidly, as fast as in a matter of seconds.
  • The ready coating is very durable, even in demanding conditions and at high temperatures.
  • Polyurea can be used for almost any surface and in any location. Applications include roofs, manufacturing facility floors and swimming pools.

 

WHO?

  • Has worked for FSP since 2012 and has been Uusimaa business unit manager since January 2018.
  • 31 years old. Materials and surface treatment technology engineer.
  • Lives in Kerava. Married, two children and two dogs.
  • Plays floorball and exercises with his children and dogs. He is also a hi-fi enthusiast. Cars are also a hobby of his: “I’d be interested in having my own racing team at some point.”

 

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