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Long-term flooring strategy at Fitesa

Fitesa in Norrköping, Sweden, is a factory producing synthetic nonwovens. The factory has stopped repainting the floors and instead they grind and polish the floors into HTC Superfloor™.


Fitesa in Norrköping, Sweden, is a factory producing synthetic nonwovens. A product one might think they will not come in contact with in their daily life. The truth however is that this type of nonwoven is found in many hygiene products such as diapers, sanitary pads, hospital equipment and coveralls. When told that more than 100 tons of this material each day is shipped from the factory you realize that there are actually many applications for this product.

The Norrköping factory was originally built in 1984 by Holmer Paper but today belongs, after several acquisitions over the years, to the global Fitesa Group, which is owned by Petrobar in Brazil. Production facilities are located in Europe, North and South America and in Asia.

What are the current owners thoughts concerning the floors?

- Starting from this year, the owners didn’t want us to repaint the floors anymore, but that we instead grind and polish the floors, says Kennet Lindqvist who is the Maintenance Manager at Fitesa Norrköping.

- It’s more of a long-term perspective since a grinded floor has a longer life. The floor must also be easy to repair if it’s damaged for any reason. Furthermore, tire marks from forklifts, which usually can be seen on most industrial floors, are less noticeable and they are also easier to remove in case they would appear, Kennet continue.
The daily maintenance is cared for using a scrubbing machine equipped with Twister™ pads.

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