Walk around the outdoor machinery exhibits of both Agritechnica and Eurotier on Hanover’s exhibition grounds and you cannot miss the wide range of biofuel boilers and heating systems – but also mounted snow blowers and similar municipal and agricultural equipment – from Veljekset Ala-Talkkari Oy based in Finland Lapua. This company specialises in applying the latest technology for its products which include heating plants for domestic (30 to 990 kW capacity) and industrial applications (500 to 2000 kW). Antti Ala-Talkkari is CEO and one of the owners of this family firm with a 13 million € annual turnover (2016) and staff of more than 85 skilled personnel. The firm was founded by bothers Eero and Jussi Ala-Talkkari in 1955. And the next generation already in place with Antti’s son Mikko involved in export sales and technical support.
Antti Ala-Talkkari, what are the key factors that have made your family firm successful for over 60 years now?
We have concentrated on using the latest technologies in producing machinery for our customers who are often other machinery companies, but also include private householders. A sector we have become particularly expert in features biomass-fuelled central heating systems including boilers and low-emission solid fuel systems designed to suit the needs of both large and small-scale users including farm buildings and industrial factories.