The quality and environment systems of Lappset Estonia Oü’s Tallinn plant were reassessed this spring with outstanding results. The outcome of the audit conducted in the end of April confirms that with regard to both management systems, Lappset operates in accordance with the new and more extensive requirements. The report states that high-standard delivery reliability and delivery quality have significantly boosted customer satisfaction.
Heureka Overseas Productions Oy Ltd (HOP), a subsidiary of the Finnish Science Centre Heureka, is partnering with Fantasia Works Oy, a subsidiary of Lappset Group, to increase the export of exhibits produced by Heureka.
Bulls, the company holding the copyright for the Moomins, Moomin Characters and Lappset Group Oy have entered into a cooperation agreement concerning Moomin-themed activity parks and playground collection. This means that Lappset’s business unit responsible for themed activity parks, Lappset Creative, will start to design and deliver Moomin-themed activity parks to chosen markets. In addition, the agreement facilitates producing a Moomin-themed playground equipment collection for the global markets.
Lappset Group Oy has started using six new electric forklift trucks at its Rovaniemi plant. The goal is to gradually shift away from using diesel-powered forklift trucks. The change is part of Lappset’s principles of responsibility and supports sustainable development.
The turnover for Lappset Group in the 2018 financial year grew dramatically to 63.5 million euros (50.8 MEUR in 2017), representing a growth of 25 % compared to the previous year. Each of the Group’s three business divisions exceeded sales targets. The Group’s profit for the 2018 financial year was 2.9 million euros, representing 4.5 % of turnover (3.1 MEUR in 2017). The reduction in profits was largely due to increases in staff expenses and challenges with feasibility of contracts. The Group’s equity ratio was 56.1 %.
Ms Anne Uusitalo, MSc (Econ) has been appointed as Finance Director for Lappset Group Oy. She starts in her new role on the 1st of February 2019 based at Lappset Rovaniemi.
Raisa Jyrkinen has been appointed as Human Resources Director for Lappset Group Oy. She will start working at Lappset’s Helsinki office on 11 February 2019. Raisa will also be appointed a member of the Management Group of Lappset Group Oy.
Every other year, the Ebeneser Foundation awards its Recognition Award for work done for the benefit of children. In 2018, the Board of Directors for the Ebeneser Foundation decided to award the Recognition Award to the Rovaniemi-based Lappset Group Oy for outstanding work in the development of early educational activity environments.
Lappset Creative designs, supplies and installs themed activity parks in cooperation with a number of internationally renowned children’s brands. Lappset Creative now launches a new website that serves customers – seeking turnkey solutions for play and sports experiences in indoor and outdoor spaces – better than ever before. Its new brand visuals will be extended to other applications during next spring.
Cooperation between the S-Group and the Football Association of Finland for the construction of physical activity and sports fields that are free of charge to use began in 2011. The original goal to construct a hundred multiple-use fields, i.e. the construction of the so-called Ässäkenttä Fields was successfully achieved in autumn 2018.
The Honorary Consulate of Iceland was established at the Lappset premises in Rovaniemi on 10 October 2018 by Iceland’s Minister for the Environment Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson and Iceland's Ambassador to Finland Árni Þór Sigurðssoni. Managing Director of the Lappset Group Tero Ylinenpää also acts as Honorary Consul for Iceland.
Quality and management of environmental issues are essential parts of Lappset’s sustainability. The re-audition of the management systems was carried out in the Rovaniemi and Tallinn factories in May this year, again with excellent results.
When it comes to enhancing sustainability, small deeds can have significant impacts. Sustainability is one of Lappset's four core values, which is why we strive for continuous development of for e.g. our environmental issues. During this year, we have started using zink-free primers in the manufacturing of coated metal products, and boron-free wood preservation.
Lappset Group Oy, strengthens its expertise in the theme park business by acquiring 51 percent of the shares of Fantasia Works Oy. This enhances Lappset's expertise and resources in themed activity parks, particularly in design and special production. The contract was closed on the 3rd. September 2018. The contract value is not published.
We often receive requests by customers for custom-made playground and exercise equipment, and our designers at the Lappset MyDesign! service have a great deal of experience with tailored products and their variations. This past year, one request truly stood out from the rest with its peculiarity, as Jan Sundvik was tasked with designing custom climbing frames suitable for pandas from the natural Flora collection.
Lappset is experiencing a dramatic increase in its commercial activities. This is the reason for us seeking new experts in different functions. We have appointed new professionals in business development, management of subsidiaries, theme park project management and financial management. We would like to warmly welcome the new people to join our team at Lappset!
Finland-based supplier of themed attractions and family entertainment centers, Lappset Creative (a part of Lappset Group) has partnered with Merlin Entertainments (Merlin), one of the world's and Europe’s leading visitor attraction operators, on the supply of several soft play themed attractions. The attractions which will begin to open in late 2018, will be targeted towards the preschool market, where learning through play will be heavily emphasized in the designs and theming.
Lappset Group has taken playground design into new spheres. Lappset introduces a new monumental and architectonical play concept called Cubic at the international FSB Fair held in Cologne, Germany, on 7-11 November 2017. Compliant with the European Safety Standard for Playground Equipment, Cubic becomes a centrepiece and a focal point of any public park.
Lappset’s factory in Tallinn, Estonia, was audited successfully on 22 September 2017 by an independent third party regarding the ISO 9001 Quality Assurance System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. The factory passed the audition done by Kiwa Inspecta with excellent results.
The theme park business of Lappset Group Oy is experiencing intense growth in Finland and abroad. Next in line is designing and building already a second activity park for Tykkimaen Vapaa-aikakeskus Oy who is opening a new indoor activity park in the Prisma department store in the Laune district of the city of Lahti. The first Tykkimaki Actionpark was opened in October 2016 in the Kouvola Prisma department store. Lappset Creative has substantially completed and ongoing theme park projects overseas, working in partnership with the international Mattel Group and a number of other big brands.
Responsible for Lappset Group Oy’s theme park business, Lappset Creative has brought the Peter Rabbit Adventure attraction to Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo in Yorkshire. The adventure attraction covers an area of around a thousand square metres (~10,764 square feet) and it was manufactured and installed in about three months. The attraction was opened to the public at the end of July. This is the second Peter Rabbit attraction delivered by Lappset to the United Kingdom.
Lappset Group Oy are delighted to welcome Mr Kimmo Lautanen as Chief Operational Officer (COO) as of the 14th of August 2017 and as a new member of the management group of the company.
Lappset Group has had the ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental management systems already since the late 1990’s. The certificates related to these systems are subject to auditions by an independent third party on a regular basis. Re-auditing of the management systems was carried out in the Rovaniemi and Tallinn factories in June this year with excellent results.
After successful openings in both Liverpool and Dubai in 2016, global toy company Mattel, Inc. will debut a new interactive, indoor family entertainment centre in Sevenum in Noord-Limburg. Mattel Play! Sevenum is the first branded attraction of its kind in the Netherlands and Benelux, and will be a 2,000 sq m facility inside the new Family Entertainment Center Sevenum located on the site of De Schatberg.