Valio - Finland

Innovative packaging method for a sustainable dairy industry.

Valio is Finland’s leading dairy company. It’s owned by a co-operative of Finnish farmers who promote milk production without genetically modified organisms, animal and employee well-being and the manufacturing of healthy foods. Valio lives and breathes sustainability and strives to be one of the best organisations in the world when it comes to cleanliness, water footprint and its overall effect on the climate. In 2012 the Valio Seinäjoki plant started to plan a new layout for the packaging area for milk powder. Arodo was chosen as a partner.

"Together we make life better"

Founded by farmers in 1905, Valio pays its profits to owners via the price of raw milk. The company has an excellent Research and Development department, which was headed by Chemistry Nobel Prize winner A. I. Virtanen from 1921-1970. Under its umbrella of achievements, we can especially highlight its patented nutritional innovations, such as lactose free Eila© and milksalt ValSa©, which are sold internationally.

Speaking of international – Valio has production plants in 12 cities in Finland, 2 in Estonia and 1 in Russia. Subsidiaries are found in Sweden, Russia, Baltic countries, the USA and China.
Valio employs 4,000 employees and made a net turnover of €1,7 billion (2017). Valio's mission is to make life better together. The mission is to expand the wellbeing of customers far beyond Finland with high quality Finnish milk, sensational flavors and technological innovations.

Just like Valio’s mission “together we make life better”, the partnership between Valio and Arodo was a perfect match. In 2012 the plant in Seinäjoki was planning a new layout for its milk powder packaging area. The goal was to separate the packaging area from the palletising area, to further improve the hygiene level in production and also to produce with a higher capacity. Valio was impressed by Arodo’s good references, our excellent design and competitiveness, especially paired with our high quality standard.

Vacuum for improvement

Valio was looking for a way to optimise its packaging and palletising area. Previously, Valio did face a lot of issues, related to air in the bags and low capacity on the existing line. Bags with air need pin holes in the inner liner to evacuate the air.

Together with Valio, we analyzed the situation and created the perfect solution: packing the milk powder in bags without adding air, and this by using the AROVAC® vacuum technology. The result: more efficient production, stable stacked pallets and compact bags that can be weighed extremely accurately. In addition, no more openings are needed in the bags to allow excess air to escape. Products, such as milk powder, have a longer shelf life, thanks to the use of a vacuum chamber during packaging. Arodo´s technology also has a positive influence on the smell, colour and taste of milk powder.

Long-lasting collaboration

Valio was so happy with the collaboration with Arodo during the planning and implementation stages that the co-operation didn’t stop there. We have been tasked with providing the annual maintenances and Valio can use Arodo´s 24/7 hotline and spare parts service. Since 2012, the partnership between Valio and Arodo has developed into a success story, with a wide range of machine deliveries. Several filling lines with palletiser and stretch hooder are installed at Valio. We are also preferred supplier for several special solutions for Big-bag filling lines. The 2 Big-bag machines are developed according to hygienic design and easy cleaning standards.