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Finn-Korkki Oys historia

Historian bakom rivkapsyler

August Wicander Finn-Korkki ringkapsyler ring pull bottle capHistorien om Finn-Korkki Oys affärsverksamhet går tillbaka till år 1868. Företaget tillverkade då som nu flaskkapsyler och förslutningsutrustning. De första produkterna var naturkorkar för flaskförslutning.

August Wicander, 1836-1891 (se bild), blev en välkänd industriman under 1800-talets senare del. Hans affärsintressen låg i korkprodukter, men han ägde också ett rederi. Verksamheten berörde många länder i och utanför Europa.

August Wicanders son Hjalmar Wicander, 1860-1939, och hans sonson Carl August Wicander, född 1885, fortsatte familjens industriella traditioner i tre generationer.

Wicanders tillverkade naturkorkar för flaskförslutning

Turku Cork Factory Finn-Korkki pull off bottle cap manufacturer1871 grundade Wicander Åbo Korkfabrik som skulle tillverka naturkorkar för flaskförslutning i Åbo, Finland. Bilden visar Ab Wicanders & Larssons fabrik som byggdes i Åbo 1893.

Under de kommande 60 åren öppnades fabriker, kontor och lager över hela Europa och Ryssland. Företaget köpte korkodlingar och övertog ett konkurrerande företag i Portugal. De ryska och polska företagen nationaliserades 1917 respektive 1945.

Rivkapsylen ALKA

ALKA ringkapsylerUnder 1930-talet utvecklade Wicanders aluminiumkapsylen ”ALKA” och började tillverka den. Det var en rivkapsyl, även kallad ripcap, med en korktätning. Flaskorna på bilden är förslutna med kapsyler av typen ”ALKA”.

Vid denna tid drev August Wicander Korkfabriker (AWK) fyra fabriker i Finland, nämligen Wicander & Larsson, Plyyshi & Matto Ab, Turun Korkkitehdas och Drumsö Korkfabrik.

Fabrikerna lades ned under 1960-talet då verksamheten överfördes till Oy Wicanders Ab. Det företaget satsade främst på korkgolv och naturkorkar.

Tillverkare av MaxiCap-kapsyler

Tillverkare av MaxiCap-kapsyler Det som följde var en innovationsperiod med utvecklingen av de första förtillverkade ”lättöppnade” kapsylerna på 1970-talet.

Denna kapsyl, känd som ”MaxiCap”, tillverkades av aluminium i ett stycke, med en tätning av plast. Kapsylerna försågs med inpräglade skåror under tillverkningen, vilket gjorde dem enkla att öppna. Bilden visar den veckade öppningsfliken som gjorde ”MaxiCap” enkel att öppna.

1979 öppnade Wicanders Finn-Korkki-fabriken i Tavastehus för att tillverka ”MaxiCap”-kapsyler och traditionella kronkorkar.

RingCrown – Ringkapsylen

Finn-Korkki Wicanders utvecklade ringkapsylen RingCrown – då kallad MaxiCrown, i början av 1980-talet. Ringkapsylen var utförd helt i stål och i två delar. Denna lösning utnyttjade råmaterialet effektivt, så att produktionsspill och kostnader minimerades.

RingCrown pull off bottle cap originally called maxi crownRivkapsylen RingCrown kallades ursprungligen kallades MaxiCrown.Finn-Korkki började tillverka RingCrown-kapsyler 1984. I januari 1989 köpte Finn-Korkki Oys ledning ut verksamheten från Wicanders och blev ett självständigt bolag.

De nya ägarna började producera värmeljuskoppar 1989 och ljuslyktor 1992. Kundservicen blev mer flexibel 1998 då Tavastehus Grafipalvelu Oy köptes in, och gav fördelen att ha en intern presstjänst.

Finn-Korkki Oy hade såväl ambition som förmåga att förnya sig. Detta ledde till att man år 2000 utvecklade och började tillverka flaskförslutningar för Absolut Vodka.

RingCrown ersatte MaxiCrown 2001 och blev det registrerade varumärket för Finn-Korkkis ringkapsyl. Produktnamnet RingCrown beskriver perfekt vad kapsylen är – en kronkork med en ring för enkel öppning.

2004 - Capacity Doubles for Ring-Pull Bottle Cap

In May 2004 a new production line more than doubled the production capacity of RingCrown ring pull closures. Finn-Korkki were forced to add the extra capacity to meet the growing demand for their innovative ring pull bottle closure.

Over half of the new production line was custom made because of the unique design features of the ring-pull cap. RingCrown production facilities include a pre-press department for digital preparation of designs and production of the printing plates. The new production line combined with the pre-press bring to Finn-Korkki increased flexibility in production scheduling giving extra flexibility in customer service.

A rapid growth in sales shows demand for RingCrown - the ring pull cap - is strong. Sales of RingCrown ring pull bottle closures are driven by the beverage industry's need for distinctive and innovative products. Although bottled beer is the main market sector, RingCrown ring pull caps are well established in the juice, water and energy drink market sectors. During the trading year Finn-Korkki will regularly export, the easy open lift-off bottle closure, to over 30 countries.

Glass is still the bottle material of choice. But more breweries are combining plastic bottles with RingCrown ring pull caps to bring additional benefits to the consumer. A few companies, on the leading edge of the beverage industry, are packaging their premium drinks in aluminium bottles completing the premium feel of the product with RingCrown ring pull closures.

For over twenty years Finn-Korkki have been manufacturing ring pull caps for bottles with a crown cork mouth. Other products include special design closures, for example the Absolut Vodka bottle cap that is made in Hämeenlinna by Finn-Korkki.

2006 - Finn-Korkki develop a new aluminium closure - LuxTop

Veen Waters' Tomi Grönfors thanked Finn-Korkki for their congratulations and also gave thanks to Finn-Korkki for developing such an inspirational closure. It is clear that Finn-Korkki have a passion for closures in the same way that Veen Waters have a passion for water.

The 2007 bottledwaterworld awards attracted a record 169 entries from 32 countries. The winners were revealed at the awards presentation in Mexico City on 13 September 2007. Veen Waters glass bottle "Wave 66" designed by Antti Eklund won the 2007 best glass bottle category.  Finn-Korkki are very pleased to be associated with Veen and to supply their LuxTop aluminium closure for Veen's "Wave 66" glass bottle.

Veen Waters approached Finn-Korkki late in 2006 to design, develop and manufacture for them a luxury aluminium closure. Veen had a demanding time scale and design brief for their new range of bottled water in glass.  The chosen closure solution from Finn-Korkki was LuxTop a luxury aluminium closure with a plastic 28mm thread insert.  Aluminium closures give an excellent look and feel that naturally supported the Veen brand values. The top of the closure has an embossed Veen 'V' that adds a smoothness to the look and feel of the LuxTop aluminium closure.

These benefits were combined with practical considerations such as the need for the luxury aluminium closure to have a tamper evident feature.  This consideration gave birth to a striking blue band, reflecting the Veen blue.

Finn-Korkki have, with partners, over the last 10 years built a strong set of skills in luxury aluminium closure design, development and manufacture. These skills have allowed them to offer luxury aluminium closure solutions to the Absolut Vodka & Danzka Vodka brands amongst others. Finn-Korkki's key skills are in offering design ideas, their knowledge of stamping aluminium of various thicknesses and their knowledge of techniques for securing a plastic thread into an aluminium cap.

2008 - RipCap, ring pull cap, becomes available from Finn-Korkki

Finn-Korkki starts manufacturing a new wide mouth closure that is suitable for bottled beer. RipCap wide mouth closures is also suitable for water, wine, juice & spirit sectors. The new RipCap closure is a ring pull closure made from aluminium with a diameter of 42mm. This RipCap is Finn-Korkki's biggest ring pull closure that can be used with beverages like beer or cider, on glass, plastic and metal bottles.

There is a demand for premium packages. Premium should not mean only a good look and feel to the bottle but also good usability. Finn-Korkki visualised a solution that uses their easy to open RipCap together with a wide mouth bottle. Together the package gives a sensation as if drinking from a glass.

Good usability is realised in the easy open nature of the RipCap closure and in the way beer smoothly flows from a wide mouth bottle. The bottle mouth profile used with a Ripcap improves the drinking experience by making drinking from the bottle extremely smooth. Wide mouth beer bottles with RipCap closures offer premium drinking experiences due to this high level of usability. This can only be offered by bottles using RipCap wide mouth closures.

The wide mouth RipCap production line has been operating since early 2008. It was shipped to Finland from Australia after Finn-Korkki purchased, in 2007, the assets of the company RipCap Closures Systems pty from Melbourne. Combining Finn-Korkki's expert knowledge of ring pull caps with RipCap production machinery allowed the development of the new wide mouth closure for beer.

Rolf Nygård, managing director, said, "Our new wide mouth ring pull cap has been developed to meet the demands of brewers seeking a distinctive packaging for their bottled beer. Brewers realise that in these challenging times innovation is key to keeping a brand's lead position"

Equipment to convert a crown capper to use RipCap closures is manufactured by Finn-Korkki. Installation takes about 3 days including production testing and training of line operators.

Finn-Korkki is Europe's leading manufacture of ring-pull bottle closures. For over 28 years, the factory has been manufacturing ring-pull closures in Finland. Ring pull closures in aluminium and steel are available in a range of sizes, for example, the RingCrown cap is designed to fit the crown cork bottle mouth. In addition, Finn-Korkki make in Hämeenlinna crown corks and luxury aluminium closures. Luxury aluminium closures include special design closures made for global Vodka brands and LuxTop.

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