February 6, 2018

Laholm’s largest industry becomes 100% fossil free with Adven

Swedish core composite manufacturer Diab AB has signed an agreement for the supply of hot water and heat with Adven. By switching to biofuel, Diab’s production facility in Laholm will be 100% fossil free by 2019.

Diab is a global manufacturer of lightweight materials in the core composite industry, used in applications for wind power, transport, marine and aviation industries. The production plant in Laholm, which today uses fossil natural gas as its energy source, will have changed entirely to biofuel by January 2019. This energy transformation is expected to reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 6 000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

– With our product you will be able to manufacture the energy-efficient cars, boats and aircraft of the future. However, when we evaluated our own climate impact, it became clear that a large part of our carbon footprint could be linked to the energy use in our factories. With the new energy solution in Laholm, we are taking a big step forward in our effort to deliver products for a future sustainable society, says Per Hökfelt, EVP Sustainability & EHSQ.

A biofuel plant will be constructed next to Diab’s production facility in Laholm, installed and operated by Adven. In addition to the biofuel boiler system, a heat pump plant will be installed, making it possible to use 20-30 % of the waste heat generated in the production plant, heat that can be reused in the factory.

Diab has chosen a full-service solution from Adven, which means that Diab can focus on its core business, while Adven manages the operation of the energy facility. Knowledge of and experience in industrial heating was a decisive factor when Diab chose supplier and partner for the extensive energy conversion faced by the factory.

– Our production runs for almost 24 hours a day and we are therefore highly dependent on our energy solution being reliable. We therefore see it as a great advantage that Adven, with its long experience in industrial heating, can handle all operations and be the partner that helps us to continue developing both how we use and reuse energy, says Anna Bjelm, VP Operation Sweden/Lithuania Diab AB.

For Diab’s part, it was important that the energy conversion was not only climate-friendly but also cost-efficient. Wood chips cost less per kilowatt hour than natural gas, and by installing the heat pump some of the heat that today is released into the nearby river Lagan, can be utilized. The project also receives investment support from the governmental initiative Klimatklivet (The Climate Leap). 45 percent of the energy conversion project in Diab’s production facility in Laholm has been funded by Klimatklivet.

– Diab is one of the industrial enterprises that lead the way, daring to make a true difference to both the environment and the finances by converting to 100 percent renewable energy. The project in Laholm is something we are really looking forward to working with and developing over time, together with Diab, says Andreas Lanneström, Sales Director for Adven Industrial Solutions in Sweden.

– We are building infrastructure to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy. This project with Diab is a good example of the possibilities we see in the Swedish market, says Ilkka Niiranen, CEO Adven Sweden.

The agreement between Diab AB and Adven was signed in January 2018 and the plant will be completed in January 2019. The contract is valid for a fifteen-year period.

For more information:

Adven, Andreas Lanneström, Sales Director, +46 727 220 096, andreas.lanndstrom@adven.com

Diab, Per Hökfelt, EVP Sustainability & EHSQ, +46 730 777 726, per.hokfelt@se.diabgroup.com

Diab, Anna Bjelm, VP Operations Sweden/Lithuania Diab AB, +46 706 061 663, anna.bjelm@se.diabgroup.com


Diab is a world leader in the development, manufacture and sales of core materials for various types of sandwich composite solutions, making customers’ products stronger, lighter and smarter. Diab’s core materials are used, for example, in wind turbine blades, in the manufacture of boats, airplanes, trains and buses, as well as in the construction of buildings. Diab’s material is characterized by a unique combination of light weight and high strength, insulation properties and chemical resistance. By reducing the weight of the finished product and the need for maintenance, Diab’s material helps reduce energy consumption and environmental impact throughout the product’s entire life cycle.

Today, Diab is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of structural core materials with revenue of approximately SEK 1.5 billion and 1,300 employees. With seven strategically located manufacturing sites and 16 wholly-owned sales companies around the world, Diab is well positioned to offer its global customers service at a local level. The company’s philosophy is to collaborate with its customers, not only with high-quality materials but also with a range of support services that include process development, structural design and training. Diab is owned by Ratos AB and is a member of the UN Global Compact. www.diabgroup.com

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