Challenging quality requirements drive research and development

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Elajo

Elajo, with its head office in Oskarshamn, is one of Sweden’s leading companies for electrical, mechanical and energy installations and services. One of the company’s specialist areas is advanced welding in metal. Elajo has long experience of working with clients in, for example, the nuclear power industry. Like research facilities, these clients have strict requirements in terms of quality and documentation.

In March 2019, Elajo entered into a four-year framework agreement with ESS. This marked the start of an extensive collaboration, with ESS contracts now accounting for a significant proportion of the company’s sales. One example is a large ventilation project. The various ESS projects involve design and production in Elajo’s own facility, and installation and staffing at ESS. Elajo currently has 15 employees engaged in ESS-related projects, but this figure will shortly increase to at least 40.

“We listen to and work as a team with the client. We’re looking for more contacts with researchers to collaborate with on developing new products.”

 “It’s enriching and stimulating for both Elajo and our employees to be involved, and contribute to research and development,” explains Kristofer Bard Ahlström, Sales and Business Development Manager. “Our long experience of, for example, the nuclear power industry, means that we can match the research facilities’ requirements for quality and expertise. Our workers, welding experts, project managers and engineers, all have specialist expertise in their fields. We supply everything from products manufactured according to client specifications to turnkey solutions with our own design.”

Elajo is continuing to extend its contact network with research facilities. The company has recently signed agreements with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), and future plans include initial contacts with CERN and ITER. The company has come a long way in a very short time and has established itself as a successful Big Science supplier.

“We’ve shown that we are solution-oriented and that we deliver. We listen to and work as a team with the client. We’re looking for more contacts with researchers to collaborate with on developing new products. We’ll certainly be using Big Science Sweden, who can also help us find relevant calls to tender, and put us together with other suppliers in the network.”

Publishing year 2020