It’s been a year since Team BEWiSynbra crossed the finish line of Cycle4Europe 2019 in Varberg, Sweden. The route was divided in 4 stages and four teams with a mixture of BEWiSynbra employees and experienced cyclists.

The first team started 15 days earlier in Skopje, North Macedonia and together all teams cycled over 2500 kilometers through the Balkans and across northern Europe.

Team BEWiSynbra is an initiative from BEWiSynbra. By cycling for a good cause, we can make a difference and contribute to social sustainability. Through Cycle4Europe 2019 we helped to raise 600,000 SEK for Loza Foundation.

“Thanks to Cycle4Europe we managed to highlight a long-forgotten, hidden part of Europe, where some people are stuck in inhuman living conditions and are in dire need of help,” says Sabina Grubbeson, founder of Loza Foundation.

The money from Cycle4Europe helped Loza Foundation pay for education and winter clothes and to improve living conditions for disabled people in North Macedonia.

A lot has changed in a year. Covid-19 overshadows everything, Cycle4Europe 2020 has been postponed, but one thing remains the same. We still support Loza Foundation’s work for some of the most people in Europe. Team BEWiSynbra will be back and we will keep cycling for a good cause.

Thanks to everyone involved in Cycle4Europe last year!

We are proud to announce that BEWiSynbra Denmark has been nominated to Plastprisen 2020 for our 100% Recycled EPS product line, Recycled Inside.

Plastindustrien has since 1987 handed out Plastprisen and has after receiving a large number of potential candidates chosen five nominees. The prize is for extraordinary achievements in the Danish plastics industry.

– We have worked long and hard to recycle and create a circular loop for EPS material, and this has led to the product line, Recycled Inside. This nomination is a milestone in our sustainability work. And we are incredibly proud to have landed in an innovation that not only lowers the CO2 footprint but also shows that EPS is a sustainable choice and 100% recyclable, says Karl Erik Olesen, Managing Director BEWiSynbra Denmark.

The production of Recycled Inside is the result of BEWiSynbra’s ambition towards a circular economy. We collect EPS waste from construction sites & packaging materials from grocery stores and industries. Then the material is processed in our extruder before it goes back in the production line and manufactured into new high-quality EPS products.

After a long time of development and innovation, BEWiSynbra recently launched the new raw material, made from 100% recycled EPS. Products in the new line, Recycled Inside, have already started to be delivered, with the same first-rate properties as EPS from virgin raw material. The launch does mean not only a profit for the environment but also the customers.

– Our ambition is always to be a partner to customers, where we together find a model for both deliveries and recycling. It’s a necessity to leave the old idea of supplier and customer behind, and instead focus on long-term collaborations, where we together with our customers look at the entire product cycle to identify methods for sustainable deliveries and recycling, Olesen concludes.

The members of Plastindustrien decide which of the nominees will receive the honour, a statuette and a check of 50,000 DKK

Pandalus A/S in Hanstholm, Denmark, deliver fresh cod, haddock, hake and other fish and shellfish to wholesalers all over Western Europe. They are renowned for their quality and will not settle for any old box to transport the fish. They use EPS boxes developed in collaboration with BEWi Styropack.

– We cut the fish by hand and deliver overnight. It’s extremely important that the fish look as good when it arrives at the wholesaler as when it left Hanstholm. We need boxes with first-rate impact protection and insulation characteristics, says Henning Søe, Co-Owner at Pandalus.

– Pandalus’ EPS boxes are optimised for their production line and to fit perfectly on their pallets. We’ve made sure that the boxes are easy to handle and stack both in freezing lockers and when they’re transported. We have worked together to design boxes that make Pandalus’ process run smoothly, says Karl Erik Olesen, Managing Director at BEWi Styropack.

Pandalus’ boxes come either with or without drain holes (for air freight) and don’t have any sharp edges, hinges or anything else that may damage the fish filets. The boxes are EPS and EPS only. 

– The boxes are often filled with ice to keep the temperature low during transport. The EPS insulates so well that the fish keep fresh even on long hauls in warm weather, which means less food waste, says Karl Erik Olesen, BEWi Styropack.

EPS is 98 % air, which makes the boxes very light and reduces transportation costs. EPS is also 100 % recyclable. Used boxes are easy to compress, recycle and turn into new EPS. It’s a sustainable solution, perfect for the catch of the day and the future.

Every summer we offer summer jobs to students that are educating themselves in areas related to our company. A great thanks to Joel and the other summer employees for this wonderful summer!

– Currently, I’m doing my final year BBA studies at the Helsinki Haaga-Helia. Earlier, I’ve been working as a sales and logistics coordinator, but this summer my job description was expanded with financial tasks, says Joel Järvelä.

– I’m grateful that BEWiSynbra was able to provide support to me during my studies. During the fall I will complete my dissertation as an assignment for BEWi M-Plast – so our cooperation will continue.

Thanks to BEWiSynbra’s united team and encouraging colleagues that have made my work here especially meaningful.

Bounce into the future with Fabricated Foam

Photo: North Trampoline

The North Explorer Planet trampoline has two amazing features. The first is evident as soon as you try it: it makes people laugh. Bouncing on a trampoline is fun. The second feature is just as important: North Trampoline, who make the Explorer Planet, are committed to sustainability and try to minimize their impact on the planet. They maximize their use of recyclable materials and use a minimum of plastic packaging. When North Trampoline asked BEWiSynbra to be one of their suppliers, we accepted immediately. Together we can make a change for a better future.

All parts of the North Explorer Planet are made of 100% recyclable materials. The foam pad (the part you bounce on) is made from 75% recycled plastic and 25% renewable sugarcane, that both utilizes and releases CO2. This means that the material has a negative carbon footprint.

We at BEWiSynbra supply North Trampoline with Fabricated Foam-padding for the springs on the trampoline. Fabricated foam absorbs shocks and protects. It has low manufacturing tool costs, which means that we can offer custom made solutions at great prices – like the one our design department created for the North Explorer Planet. Fabricated foam is also 100% recyclable. The Explorer Planet is available at North Trampoline’s website. Why not have some sustainable fun? Order one today.

Photo: North Trampoline
Photo: North Trampoline

Ahmad escaped the war in Syria

Ahmad Nazal came home to Syria in 2012 after three years working abroad. He quickly realized that it only was a matter of time before he would be called up to the army to fight in the civil war. Ahmad decided to flee.

Today he is in charge of CAD and blueprints at BEWiSynbra in Varberg. But it has been a rocky road to get here. Ahmad tells the story:

“I’d worked for three years as an assistant engineer for an Italian company building concrete foundations for a gas pipeline through Algeria. When I fleed Syria I came back to Algeria, found a new job and saved money.

I came into contact with a smuggler and travelled to the Libyan border. More and more refugees arrived and a month later we were 350 women, men and children crossing over to Europe on a trawler. We were lucky, the weather was fine, but I was nervous anyway. It was crowded, the sea was choppy and I can’t swim.

After 12 hours the skipper was able to contact the Red Cross in Sicily. They sent a ship that took us to Palermo, where we got food, clothes and medicine. I’d already decided to head for Sweden and took the train to Milan with some friends I’d met on the crossing.

In Milan there are “taxis” that can take you anywhere in Europe. The drivers wait at the train station and I guess there are some sort of organized crime in the background, but what can you do? We were four in the car plus the driver, who took us to Copenhagen.

Via Malmö and Gothenburg I arrived at the refugee camp in Varberg in November 2014. I learned Swedish, the Red Cross kept us occupied – we played a lot of football, and Martin Bekken from BEWiSynbra often came to visit. He needed someone who could help customers with CAD and blueprints and I gladly volunteered. In 2016 I started as an intern at BEWiSynbra, while also studying Swedish and getting a driver’s license. Today I’m employed at BEWiSynbra. I would love to go back to my street, my parents and my friends in Syria, but I know that I will go to prison if I return. I did my military service as a police officer but escaped rather than join up. I’d rather stay here. The view on refugees may be harsher than it was before 2015, but it has not affected me. I work, I pay my taxes. I’m happily married, we have a beautiful daughter and enjoy living in Sweden.”

Cycling for the poorest in Europe

The bicycle event Cycle4Europe was cancelled this year due to the corona pandemic. But the arranger BEWiSynbra came up with a back-up plan and started a slightly different kind of bicycle event to raise money for some of the poorest people in Europe. The response was overwhelming.

Cycle4Europe was arranged for the first time in September 2019 by BEWiSynbra and Loza Foundation. Together they raised 600,000 SEK.

– The money has helped Loza Foundation pay for children’s shoes, warm winter clothes and education. The funds have also helped to improve the living conditions and situation for disabled people in North Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina and Loza Foundation are now planning to start projects in Kosovo, says Sabina Grubbeson, founder of Loza Foundation.

Cycle4Europe 2020 was planned to start in Varberg, Sweden, on May 17 and cross the finish line in Trondheim, Norway, six days later. But it was cancelled due to Covid-19.

– We wanted to do something for Loza Foundation anyway. At BEWiSynbra we care for each other and other people, so we started an internal Cycle4Europe, says Christian Larsson, Team BEWiSynbra.

BEWiSynbra has offices and plants in several European countries and on June 25th, nearly a hundred of their employees cycled to benefit the Loza Foundation. They hit the roads in the Netherlands, Portugal, Norway and Sweden.

– The response was heart-warming. We will give a donation to Loza Foundation for every person and every kilometer they cycled. The more participants and the longer they rode, the more we’ll give. Some walked or ran and we’ll give a contribution for them too, says Christian Larsson.

Loza Foundation works for the most vulnerable people in the poorest countries of Europe. The foundation was founded in 2017 in Sweden. In collaboration with the local population it works within institutions for people with mental health issues and physical disabilities, at orphanages and other operations for particularly vulnerable women and children.

– In hidden parts of the poorest countries of Europe people live in abject conditions. Disabled and sick are shunnes and maltreated. We’re working to change that, says Sabina Grubbeson.

More information

Christian Larsson

Team BEWi Synbra

tfn: (+46) 720-774 150

Sabina Grubbeson

Loza Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse

Kyrkogårdsvägen 16, 432 45 Varberg

tfn: (+46) 733-213 823

EPS protects against impact and insulates from heat, cold, moisture and cold. The EPS parts made by BEWi Plastimar in Portugal also helps to save worldwide lives.

U-Safe is a lifesaving buoy made by the Portuguese company Noras Performance. The U-shaped buoy is operated by remote control, which means that a person on shore or a boat – can steer it to someone in the water to transport her or him to safety. As time is crucial in any rescue situation, U-Safe is lightweight and small (100 x 80 x 20 cm) so it can be thrown quickly into the water. U-Safe also have the added benefit that it keeps rescue teams safe, since they don’t have to go into the water.

U-Safe is powered by electric turbines, that give it a range of 3 miles, 40 minutes operating time and a 200 kilo workload. It goes without saying that it’s crucial that the turbines keep working even in rough seas and harsh weather. They need to be protected, and BEWiSynbra is part of the solution.

BEWi Plastimar in Portugal supply Noras Performance with an EPS part that protect and separates the electronic plate from the rest of the device, and the EPS covers that protect U-Safe from dust, shocks and scratches during transportation.

NORAS Performance considered that EPS properties fulfill the requirements they need, especially on the protection and shock absorption. So, they decided, in cooperation with BEWI Plastimar, to develop and to go ahead with both projects.

As the EPS is 98% air, the parts weigh almost nothing, and they are 100% recyclable. It is essential that the buoy arrives unharmed – so it can keep saving people’s lives.

Sarita Põldmaa from Finland worked as a nurse for 15 years, but her heart wasn’t in it. She wanted to change her profession and got interested in laboratory work. “Nursing was not my passion. I wanted to work with chemistry” she says.

Sarita resigned and went back to school to become a laboratory assistant. After a couple of weeks of theoretical studies, she needed to find a trainee job to get her diploma.

Easier said than done. Sarita called about 30 companies and got 30 “Thanks, but no thanks” before she called BEWiSynbra
RAW in Porvoo.

The lab in Porvoo is mainly quality control laboratory but also supporting research and development activities. They are working on material research to improve the properties of raw material, products and to develop entirely new types of EPS.

Sarita with her supervisor Sini

“I got a fantastic opportunity at BEWiSynbra RAW. They really taught me all the basics of laboratory work. The experienced professionals at BEWiSynbra let me work independently but supervised and made sure that everything was done right.

I can honestly say that without being a trainee at BEWiSynbra RAW I would not have been able to graduate as fast as I did,” Sarita Põldmaa says.

“Step by step, you get more responsibility. A student feels safe in the BEWiSynbra laboratory. You don’t have to stand in line to do analyses as you do at school. The equipment is amazing, the job is very versatile, and you learn by doing. I felt that I grew every day.”

After six weeks as a trainee, Sarita continued her studies and internship for another company.

At the end of her studies she got a temporary job as laboratorian at BEWiSynbra RAW. Now Sarita has moved on and works for another company.

“I loved working at BEWiSynbra! They believed in me. I’ll come back in a second if they ask me. This is the job I always wanted to do,” Sarita Põldmaa says.

BEWiSynbra RAW Oy is part of the BEWiSynbra Group. BEWiSynbra RAW Oy is situated in the Kilpilahti industrial area, which has an age limit of 18 years for employees.

BEWiSynbra Group has about 1300 employees all over Europe and you can apply for an internship position at any of our production facilities.

Full speed ahead, but not at the expense of quality!

At BEWiSynbra Insulation, we aim to work together with our partners, lead the development forward and develop new, qualitative, innovative solutions.

Our acquisition of the XPS factory in Norrköping, Sweden, is a clear example where we combine forward-thinking and quality.

XPS from Norrköping has since the beginning been synonymous with high quality, a quality we do not intend to change. Every day we perform various tests in our laboratory to ensure the properties are within the specifications our customers expect. We have a long checklist to ensure quality before they reach you as a customer.

First and foremost, we protect our employees. A prosperous & proud staff force, which feels involved, contributes to high product quality.

Thanks to our staff, we can provide our customers with XPS, and despite our current circumstances, we can continue our project to have a factory that supplies both EPS and XPS at the end of 2020/2021. A synergy that, among others, reduces the climate footprint through fewer transports.


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