GROWTH SINCE 1898
1970's: New name, new needs
Until the end of the 1960's and even into the 1970's, lime continued to be used as building material, in the pulp industry and as agricultural lime. But when Finland got a modern steel industry the need arose for new kinds of burnt lime. It was then that the development of new products and processes began, a trend that continues even today. In the 1970's, the company also invested heavily in developing competitive agricultural lime, and the quarries in Siikainen and Vampula came into the picture.
In 1978 Pargas Kalk changed its name into Partek.
1980's: New goal
In the early 1980's, two important decisions were taken; each one of these was to play a major role for the future. The largest deposit of limestone in the Nordic countries, Storugns on the Swedish island of Gotland, was incorporated into Partek's operations through the setting up of a joint venture with Euroc Mineral. At the same time another joint venture was started with the Swiss company Plüss-Staufer and Ruskealan Marmori in Finland.
In the mid-1980's, Partek's lime operations had grown so strong that Partek made its goal to become the leading producer of limestone-based products in the Nordic region.
1991: an independent company
Partek’s lime business was turned into an independent company, Nordkalk Oy Ab, in August 1991.
In 1996, Nordkalk acquired Rautaruukki's lime burning operations in Raahe and in 1997 SSAB Tunnplåt in Sweden.
1990's: Baltics and Poland aboard
The Baltic countries entered the scene in 1996; in Estonia a limestone quarry and a dolomite quarry were purchased, and in 1998, Nordkalk took over the leading Estonian producer of calcium oxide, Rakke Lubjatehase AS.
Nordkalk started its expansion in Poland and opened its first branch office in Gdansk in 1997. The company was named Partek Nordkalk Polska Sp. z o.o. In 1999, a lime plant and a deposit were acquired in Slawno, about 120 km south-east of Warsaw.
Nordkalk is the leading limestone company in Northern Europe. We deliver essential raw materials to numerous industries, and our solutions contribute to clean air and water as well as productivity of agricultural land.