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About Luvata

Luvata is a combination of metallurgical expertise, application know-how and close customer relationships coming together to make the most of metal.

This tradition was set in motion many years before the Luvata we know today - a tradition steeped in solving problems by doing marvelous things with metal.

We focus on offering complex, high-quality metal products along with superior technical support that lend significant value. We develop new solutions in partnership with our customers to overcome the challenges facing industries including automotive, science, electronics, power generation and distribution, renewable energy, healthcare, metals and mining.

Why so special?

With an extensive list of capabilities including annealing, cold forming, drawing, machining, billet and continuous extruding and continuous casting, we can manufacture the customized solution that is just right for you.

Watch the video below to find out more.

 

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The Special Products division of Luvata was acquired by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in May 2017. 

"Luvata" comes from a Finnish word meaning "to promise" and today our corporate headquarters is in Pori, Finland.

These many companies, with a proud past and bright future, are now united under the Luvata name and together aspire to influence the development of a sustainable modern world:

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Globalization, fluctuating metal prices, international legislation and emerging technologies are just a few of the factors that affect the value chain from the mine to the consumer.

As a result, Luvata continues to evaluate the best ways to maximize our core competencies in meeting the changing needs of industry to influence the development of a sustainable modern world.

The foundation of our strategy begins with our employees. We have a long tradition of being open-minded, having a passion for results and delivering on our promises. Our core values and competencies, combined with a supportive corporate culture and a unique growth strategy, help keep our organization focused and moving together in achieving our vision: 

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Luvata is a group company of Mitsubishi Materials Corporation.

Luvata is run by the President & CEO and a team of functional and business unit leaders.

The five business units include: Superconductors, Formed Products, Electrical Power Asia, Special Products Appleton and Special Products Pori.

 

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Jussi Helavirta 2016_200x200Jussi Helavirta
President & CEO

Jussi Helavirta joined Luvata in 2000 and was President of the Special Products division when it was acquired by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation. Prior to Luvata, he worked 12 years as Vice President of operations for Metso in the US and Canada; he worked as sales director for Machinery Oy; at Fiskars as production manager; and at Tamrock as project manager of state-of-the-art Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS). 

Jussi has an MSc in Workshop Technology and Industrial Economics from the University of Tampere and has completed several team building and leadership courses, including Yale University.

Jussi lives in Finland with his wife and has two grown sons. He is a fan of ice hockey and likes cooking and walking with his Labrador, Charley.



Pekka Kleemola 2016_BW_200x200Pekka Kleemola
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer 

Pekka Kleemola joined the company in 2004 and he has spent his entire professional career working for Luvata (Outokumpu).

Pekka has held a wide range of controller positions starting from manufacturing unit level to group wide assignments. Prior to becoming Head of Finance Pekka worked as Division Controller for the Luvata Special Products Division.

Pekka has an MSc in Economics from the University of Tampere. Throughout his career he has also participated in multiple leadership programs.

Pekka lives in Finland and in his spare time he enjoys cycling, jogging and skiing.    

 

Hisashi Ide_DSC08595_B&W_200x200Hisashi Ide
Senior Vice President
Business Development
Hisashi Ide joined Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in 1996, and has since worked for the company mainly in its corporate functions, such as legal and compliance, corporate governance, corporate strategy, and most recently HR.

Hisashi has degrees of LL.B from Hitotsubashi University and MBA from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

Hisashi is looking forward to moving from Tokyo to Pori, Finland with his wife, two children and cat.



Mikko Juusela 2016_BW_200x200Mikko Juusela
Senior Vice President
People & Leadership

 

Mikko Juusela joined Luvata in 2005. Prior to Luvata, Mikko worked for ten years at Outokumpu Research, known today as Outotec.

Mikko has degrees including a M.Sc. (physical Chemistry) from the University of Turku and a Lic. Tech. in Material Processing and Management Training from the Helsinki University of Technology. Mikko continues to participate in various leadership courses and conducts similar leadership and coaching sessions for employees.

Mikko lives in Pori, Finland with his wife and two children.  He is a youth ice-hockey coach and also the chairman of the local hockey team.   




Jyrki Siltala_attcslc1 200x200bJyrki Siltala
Senior Vice President
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Jyrki Siltala joined Luvata in 2005 as Chief of Compliance and General Counsel.  Prior to Luvata he worked as in-house counsel at Outokumpu and Wärtsilä after holding various other positions in the paper industry in Finland and the USA. 

Jyrki received his law degree from Turku University and has participated in several leadership, finance and commercial law courses in Finland and abroad.

Jyrki lives in Helsinki with his wife, and his two adult children also reside in Helsinki.  He enjoys boating and reading about political history.  



Olli Naukkarinen_BW_200x200Olli Naukkarinen
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Olli Naukkarinen joined Outokumpu in 1991 and has since held various managerial and leadership positions at Outokumpu and Luvata in Finland, the USA and Austria. 

For the first five years following graduation he was with the automation company Cimcorp in Finland and the USA. In the copper industry he has worked in manufacturing, technology management and R&D, as well as various business and managing director positions. Most recently at an Outokumpu spin off company Neorem Magnets as vice president.

Olli graduated with a MSc in Technical Physics from the Helsinki University of Technology. On the graduate level he has continued to further his technology management studies and through eMBA education courses he has deepened his business and leadership skills.

Olli lives in Finland with his family and he can be found sailing in summer and hunting in winter.  



Kenichi Takagi_BW_200x200Kenichi Takagi
Senior Vice President Technology
Development

Kenichi Takagi joined Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in 1993 and has since focused on the development of copper and the copper alloy fabricating business.

Kenichi has spent much of his career working at various manufacturing sites in charge of technology development and production management, with some two years in R&D at the central research laboratory. He subsequently served several years at the head office in Tokyo working with overseas business planning departments, prior to his current position in Luvata.

Kenichi has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Tokyo University of Science. Kenichi currently lives in Pori, Finland. Outside of work he can be found surfing, usually somewhere else in the world.   



 
Antti Kilpinen 2016_BW_200x200Antti Kilpinen
Executive Vice President Superconductors

Antti Kilpinen joined Luvata in 1996. He has worked in technology and business management for 20 years. His experience in managing the plating anode business and telecommunications segment in multi-cultural environments has served him well in the strategic expansion of Luvata's worldwide superconductor business.

For nine years prior to joining Luvata, Antti was involved with academic research and R&D in the metals and construction industries.

Antti holds a D.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering, as well as a post graduate degree, Lic.Econ in Business Administration, from Åbo Akademi University.

Outside of work, Antti can be found sailing with his family, in-line skating or cross country skiing.




Dirk Greywitt 2016_BW_200x200Dirk Greywitt
Executive Vice President Formed Products

Dirk  Greywitt has nearly 30 years of experience at various Luvata manufacturing companies.  Previous positions include Process Engineer, Quality Manager, Information Technology Manager and Operations Manager.  Since 2003, Dirk has been responsible for the global Formed Products Business Unit.

Dirk has extensive experience and knowledge in international business practice and culture after leading successful business startups in China and Brazil.  His international experience is further enhanced by many years of developing customer and business relationships around the world.

Dirk received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering in 1987 from The Ohio State University. In 2002, he received a Master Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University.

Dirk is married and lives in Ohio and has four grown children. He enjoys the frustrations of golfing and has a cat.




Michael Nordgren 2016_BW_200x200Michael Nordgren
Executive Vice President Electrical Power Asia 

Michael Nordgren has roughly 35 years' experience in the metals industry. He has worked in Finland, USA, Singapore and Malaysia in various sales and general management positions, with over half of his career living outside of his home country of Finland.

While Managing Director for Outokumpu SEA in Singapore, Michael helped in preparing the feasibility study for the plant in Malaysia, Outokumpu's then first green field in many years. He was subsequently charged with starting the commercial operation in Malaysia. Michael has been MD of Luvata Malaysia Sdn Bhd since 2010.

Michael has a master's degree from the Swedish School of Business Administration in Helsinki. He is married with two adult children and enjoys motorcycle touring and golf.  



John Stevens 2016_BW_200x200John Stevens
Executive Vice President Special Products Appleton

John has almost 30 years’ experience in the copper and copper alloy industry, including over 25 years with Luvata. John started his career in sales with Outokumpu Copper Buffalo eventually becoming Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Buffalo rolling mill.

John and his family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin in the summer of 2001 where he became President of Luvata Appleton. John holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hartford. He enjoys all sports and fitness. 



Jyrki Rantanen 2016_BW_200x200Jyrki Rantenan
Executive Vice President Special Products Pori

Jyrki Rantanen has some 20 years of experience with Luvata, previously Outokumpu. Prior to his current position, Jyrki has held several finance positions in different business areas including two years working in the USA at the company’s superconductors facility in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Jyrki has an M.Sc in Economics, specializing in Quantitative Business Analysis from the University of Vaasa and he has completed several supplementary management and leadership courses, including the Luvata Leadership Program.

Outside of work Jyrki spends time with his two daughters and is an enthusiastic karate practitioner. Jyrki currently lives in Pori, Finland.

           
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Yasunobu Suzuki_BW_200x200Yasunobu Suzuki
Chairman of the Board
President, Advanced Products Company

Yasunobu Suzuki joined Mitsubishi Metals Corp., the predecessor company of Mitsubishi Materials Corp.(MMC), in 1982. He started his business career as a copper ore procurement representative at the Onahama Smelting and Refinery in Japan. Suzuki has experience in various roles during his 30-year career with MMC, such as corporate strategy, Indonesian copper smelter project, copper ore procurement and copper marketing. He became the Executive Officer of MMC in June 2011 and is currently Board Member, Senior Executive Managing Director & President of Advanced Products Company.

Suzuki has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Washington in the Seattle. He lives in Chiba, Japan with his family. 


890430 Mr Ishida_BW_200x200Norikazu Ishida
Board Member
General Manager, Copper and Copper Alloy Division, Advanced Products Company

Norikazu Ishida joined Mitsubishi Metals Corp., the predecessor company of Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (MMC), in 1989. He started his career at the corporate research laboratory, being in charge of R&D for Oxygen Free Copper (OFC) including other copper alloys.

He moved to Onahama Smelting and Refining Co., Ltd. in 1995, then the Sakai plant of MMC in 2001; applying his expertise in production management in the versatile field of copper products focusing on OFC and other alloys. Since 2012, he has served in the technology department of the copper and copper alloy division.

Ishida graduated with a Master of Engineering degree from the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University in Osaka. Ishida enjoys playing baseball as well as coaching kids in the community. 

 

Hideki Hayashi_BW_200x200Hideki Hayashi
Board Member
General Manager Strategic Planning
Copper and Copper Alloy Division, Advanced Products Company

Hideki Hayashi joined Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in 1992, and he has more than 24 years' experience in copper, precious metals and the copper alloy business. He started his business career as a copper ore procurement representative at the Naoshima smelting and refinery in Japan. Since then he has been developing his business skills focusing on sales & marketing, business strategy and project management. For the past 10 years, he has mainly been involved in merger and acquisitions in the copper fabrication industry.

Hayashi has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan in the USA. He is married and has two sons.    

 

Jussi Helavirta 2016_200x200Jussi Helavirta
Board Member
President & CEO

Jussi Helavirta joined Luvata in 2000 and was President of the Special Products division when it was acquired by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation. Prior to Luvata, he worked 12 years as Vice President of operations for Metso in the US and Canada; he worked as sales director for Machinery Oy; at Fiskars as production manager; and at Tamrock as project manager of state-of-the-art Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS). 

Jussi has an MSc in Workshop Technology and Industrial Economics from the University of Tampere and has completed several team building and leadership courses, including Yale University.

Jussi lives in Finland with his wife and has two grown sons.  He is a fan of ice hockey and likes cooking and walking with his Labrador, Charley.    


Mikko Juusela 2016_BW_200x200Mikko Juusela
Senior Vice President
People & Leadership

Mikko Juusela joined Luvata in 2005. Prior to Luvata, Mikko worked for ten years at Outokumpu Research, known today as Outotec.

Mikko has degrees including a M.Sc. (physical Chemistry) from the University of Turku and a Lic. Tech. in Material Processing and Management Training from the Helsinki University of Technology. Mikko continues to participate in various leadership courses and conducts similar leadership and coaching sessions for employees.

Mikko lives in Pori, Finland with his wife and two children.  He is a youth ice-hockey coach and also the chairman of the local hockey team.   

Jyrki Siltala_attcslc1 200x200bJyrki Siltala
Senior Vice President
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Jyrki Siltala joined Luvata in 2005 as Chief of Compliance and General Counsel.  Prior to Luvata he worked as in-house counsel at Outokumpu and Wärtsilä after holding various other positions in the paper industry in Finland and the USA. 

Jyrki received his law degree from Turku University and has participated in several leadership, finance and commercial law courses in Finland and abroad.

Jyrki lives in Helsinki with his wife, and his two adult children also reside in Helsinki.  He enjoys boating and reading about political history.  


Hisashi Ide_DSC08595_B&W_200x200Hisashi Ide
Board Member
Senior Vice President Business Development

Hisashi Ide joined Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in 1996, and has since worked for the company mainly in its corporate functions, such as legal and compliance, corporate governance, corporate strategy, and most recently HR.

Hisashi has degrees of LL.B from Hitotsubashi University and MBA from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.

Hisashi is looking forward to moving from Tokyo to Pori, Finland with his wife, two children and cat.

 

Kenichi Takagi_BW_200x200Kenichi Takagi
Board Member
Senior Vice President Technology Development

Kenichi Takagi joined Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in 1993 and has since focused on the development of copper and the copper alloy fabricating business.

Kenichi has spent much of his career working at various manufacturing sites in charge of technology development and production management, with some two years in R&D at the central research laboratory. He subsequently served several years at the head office in Tokyo working with overseas business planning departments, prior to his current position in Luvata.

Kenichi has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Tokyo University of Science. Kenichi currently lives in Pori, Finland. Outside of work he can be found surfing, usually somewhere else in the world.