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Forerunners in the industry

Kokkola zinc plant has decades of experience in zinc production. Thanks to our solid know-how, we are able to develop among the forerunners in the industry.

Metal producer at the forefront of the green transition

The green transition is accelerating rapidly. Driven by ambitious carbon neutrality targets and growing competition, all industries from housing to primary production are now pushing down their emissions.

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Boliden Kokkola on the way to climate goals – university cooperation produces bold new experts

Boliden Kokkola and the University of Oulu work together to reduce emissions from zinc production. In his master's thesis, Olli Kinnunen studied the energy efficiency of zinc electrolysis. Now, he continues his work at the smelter as a process engineer.

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Zero-emission waste heat provides warmth to thousands of district heating homes

More than 40% of the district heat produced by Kokkolan Energia is produced from waste heat generated in Boliden’s processes. In the summer months, waste heat covers practically the entire district heating need of Kokkola, so that the emission-free heat generated as a by-product of zinc production alone is enough to heat the homes and domestic water of more than 35,000 Kokkola residents.

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The green transition requires metals produced by Boliden

The green transition of society towards an environmentally sustainable economy and growth necessitates ending the use of oil and gas, among other things. This, in turn, will require a huge increase in renewable energy plants, such as solar and wind power. Before any of them can supply clean energy for our homes, cars or industry, a wide variety of metals are needed to manufacture them.

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Boliden Kokkola encourages innovation – additional boost from cooperation with universities

At Boliden, innovation is part of day-to-day work, from small, everyday ideas to the development of production processes. Our active cooperation with the University of Vaasa and Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius helps foster an atmosphere that encourages innovation.

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Boliden Kokkola is a forerunner in industrial automation and digitalisation

Digitalisation and automation have been hot topics in businesses around the world for many years now. Boliden Kokkola, one of the world’s biggest zinc smelters, is no exception. For a long time, digitalising and automating processes has been at the heart of Boliden Kokkola’s – and the whole Boliden Group’s – strategy.

“Our goal is to both increase efficiency and, most importantly, improve safety. When all routine and risky tasks are automated, people have more time to focus on safe tasks that require human skills”, says Antti Kontiainen, General Manager.

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From processing metals to recycling batteries - Aalto University and Boliden work together to strengthen top expertise in metallurgy

Competence in metallurgy is needed more than ever as the energy transition increases the demand for metals. In addition, as natural resources become scarce, the reuse of materials requires new competence. Collaboration between Aalto and Boliden extends from teaching to primary research and applied research. These focus on the continuous development of processes in the metal industry company.

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