Vapo Group - Sustainable Everyday Living 

We are an international conglomerate, with a strategy of satisfying people’s basic needs. Our business operations promote professional growing and home gardening, the construction of attractive and pleasant living environments and the well-being of animals. We provide our corporate and consumer customers with tailored energy solutions and local fuels and develop products for air and water purification.
  • Founded

    1940

  • Employees

    1,000

  • Turnover, MEUR

    500

Operating countries

  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Estonia
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • Australia

 

Vapo Group companies

  • Vapo Oy
  • Kekkilä-BVB Oy
  • Kekkilä Oy
  • BVB Substrates B.V.
  • G&C Materials Oy
  • Hasselfors Garden AB
  • Neova AB
  • AS Tootsi Turvas
  • Salon Energiantuotanto Oy

 

Owners

  • State ownership
  • 50,1 %
  • Suomen Energiavarat Oy
  • 49,9 %

 Business operations

Our business operations are divided into the Grow&Care, Energy and New Businesses divisions. The Supply Chain Management function used by all three business divisions manages peat production, logistics services and procurement, among other things, in many countries. The Group services shared by all business operations are managed by the Group Service function.

Grow&Care

Our Grow&Care division is Europe’s leading producer of home gardening and professional growing media. Our product selection also includes products targeted at home gardeners and landscapers. Our other sectors are recycling and composting as well as bedding peat.

Our target is to provide horticultural solutions that support sustainable development and conserve fresh water, catering to the growing global trend of clean local food and the construction of attractive and pleasant living environments.

Our main markets are in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands, but our products are available globally in more than 100 countries. Starting from the beginning of 2019, we will operate under the name of Kekkilä-BVB Oy.


 The figures are 12-month pro forma figures.

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Energy

Our Energy division provides its customers with local fuels: wood, peat and pellets. It offers tailored energy solutions and digital energy services to companies, organisations and consumers.

The division is in charge of the operations of seven power plants and nearly 150 boiler plants and operates approximately 50 district heating networks in our operating countries: Finland, Sweden and Estonia. The division encompasses the energy business operations of Vapo Oy, Neova AB and  AS Tootsi Turvas.


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New Businesses

Our New Businesses division uses its in-house product development activities to create new products and innovations based on refining peat and other natural materials into air and water purification products, for instance.

Examples of product development include the fibre business that was transferred to the Grow&Care division and the Carbons business that is based on the production of activated carbon. Our most important assets are our innovative professionals and the management of existing information.

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Vapo Carbons

Vapo Carbons is a forerunner in the growing activated carbon market. The first Vapo Carbons production facility will be completed in 2020 in Ilomatsi, eastern Finland.

Activated carbon is used in many air and water purification applications. Activated carbon is also needed in industrial processes and food production to adsorb chemicals, metals and odours. The most familiar everyday applications include car cabin air filters, extractor hoods, water filters and vacuum cleaners.

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News

Finnish Vapo and Dutch BVB combine forces – Kekkilä-BVB Oy will be the leading horticultural substrate company in Europe

Finnish Vapo Oy’s horticultural division and Dutch BVB Substrates will merge to form Europe’s leading and most versatile company in the market for professional growers and home gardeners. The new company, called Kekkilä BVB Oy, merges decades of experience in professional growing and related products. The goal of the company is to provide...

Vapo’s first activated carbon facility to be built in Ilomantsi

Vapo has made a strategically important decision on building a production facility in Ilomantsi to refine activated carbon. The construction of the approximately EUR 25 million facility will begin in spring 2019 and the plan is to begin commercial production by the end of 2020. The employment effect of the construction stage is more than 100...

The Kekkilä-BVB transaction entered into effect on 4 January 2019

On 9 October 2018, Vapo Oy announced that Vapo’s Grow&Care division and the Dutch company BVB Substrates B.V. will combine to form Kekkilä-BVB Oy, Europe’s leading and most versatile company in the market for professional growers and home gardeners. The combination was carried out by establishing a new company, Kekkilä-BVB Oy, to which Vapo Oy...

Jenni Nevasalo appointed as Vapo Group’s Chief HR Officer

Jenni Nevasalo, M.Sc. (Econ.), has been appointed as Vapo Oy’s Chief HR Officer and a member of the Group Management Team effective from 1 January 2019. She moves to Vapo from the Prime Minister’s Office, where she has worked as Director of Development Services, Government Administration Office, since 2015.
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Vapo and responsibility

Responsibility is the foundation for Vapo Group’s operations. We use natural raw materials to produce growing media, heat, energy and new innovations that promote sustainable development. We use our raw materials to build sustainable growth and well-being for people and the communities we operate in. The responsibility programme designed to support Vapo Group’s new strategy is entitled “Sustainable growth and well-being from nature”.

 

Responsibility