We see a rapidly growing trend for firewoood in smaller formats from consumers that want less hassle and less occupation of storage space from the wood they burn. To them, firewood have gone from being a primal source of heat to a commodity to symbolise joy and tradition. As the change in demand kept shifting over to smaller formats, the slow and repetitive manual operations of stacking logs into bags has become a growing cost and concern for the firewood producers.
Something needed to be done in the production of the bags
Vepak was founded with the mission to automate and remove the bottle neck in the production of firewood in bags, and to ensure that the professional producers of logs could be located not only in low-salary countries with long transport distances, but as close to the end users as possible.
Idea and first prototype
Birth of the concept and development of the first prototype by Ole Holtet
Vepak established as a company
A team is formed to research and develop a performing firewood packing machine. Vepak becomes the first and only company dedicated to automatic firewood packing
Roll-out of 8 prototypes
Several versions came out during three years of R&D. These machines are still operating and were upgraded by Vepak in 2018
With an improved design and performance, serial production starts and machines are delivered every month to European firewood producers
Machines available overseas
CEO & Founder
Former hobby firewood producer with a PTO driven Japa 700 processor. Passionate about the future of firewood production as a more and more professional industry. Ole holds a masters degree in civil engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.
Chief Automation Engineer
Motocross and skiing enthusiast. Fredrik is our devoted automation engineer with a wide field of theoretical and practical expertise within automation software programming (PLC) and configuration of automated systems.
Peter Richard Britton
Chief Design Engineer
Born in England and former competitive motocross driver, now lives with girlfriend and Frank the dog in Trondheim, Norway. Our devoted talent in the fields of product development, CAD design and production drawings. Peter hold a bachelor degree with honor in mechanical design engineering from the University of Kingston in London, UK.
Kristian joined VEPAK in 2018 to help develop the electrical architecture and the software of the machine.
Joachim joined the team in 2017 and is responsible for the development of VEPAK’s operations out of the borders of Norway. He comes from France and has lived in Norway since 2012. He holds a Msc in International Business from Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France.
Chairman of the board
Previous occupation as Senior Vice President R&D in Statoil ASA, Managing director of Norwegian Pulp and Paper Research Institute and more.
CEO at T:Lab AS in Steinkjer, Norway
COO at Inrigo AS in Trondheim, Norway
Partner at Impello Management in Trondheim, Norway
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