Logset Oy is a Finnish forest machine manufacturer located in Koivulahti, near Vaasa. The company was established in 1992. The Logset machine range contains of six forwarders, eight harvesters and seven different harvester heads. Logset’s distribution network covers 20 countries, and Logset machines are working in more than 25 countries. In after-sales Logset offers service and spare parts, training and extensive customer support. Logset provides top-of-the-line solutions to logging professionals by developing, manufacturing, distributing and servicing forest machines that are reliable, productive and functional.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Agriculture - Forestry
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
Logset provides top-of-the-line solutions to logging professionals by developing, manufacturing, distributing and servicing forest machines that are reliable, productive and functional.
Logset was founded in 1992 by Gustav Frantzén, Seppo Koskinen and Kristian Stén, who acquired the forest machine business assets from Oy Norcar Ab.
AN OWN HARVESTER HEAD
During the first year after the foundation of Logset the most important challenge was the development of an own harvester head. After less than one year of development work Logset was able to present the first Logset harvester head, the Logset 5-55, at the Elmia Wood exhibition in 1993. The Logset 5-55 was equipped with the patented Syncro-Knife® delimbing knife, which ensures clean delimbing down to the smallest top diameter.
New F-Series Forwarders
In 1996 Logset made an agreement with old acquaints, from the Norcar period, Jukka Kivipelto and Kari Mikkilä at Oy Fomac International Fi Ltd, about cooperation in developing new forwarders. The development resulted in the forwarder Logset 6F in 1997 and was followed by a complete range of new forwarders in a short time.
TITAN SERIES HARVESTERS
The most remarkable achievement from the cooperation between Logset and Fomac is the Logset Titan harvester. The development work with the harvester, which also involved a professional industrial designer, started in 1998. In 2000 the Logset 8H Titan clear-cut harvester was proudly presented at the Metko exhibition. The Logset harvester became the crowd puller at Metko and was referred
to as “the spaceharvester” in trade magazines, because of its modern looks. In addition to the appealing design much effort was put on user-friendliness and improved serviceability. A new CAN-bus based control system forms the brains of the Titan.
The Titan harvester series was further developed and comprised of several models.
MERGER WITH FOMAC
The merger in 2002 between Logset and Fomac was a natural result after many years of successful cooperation. The precedent product development is a good example of innovative activities, where one plus one is definitively more than two! Both companies grew fast thanks to the cooperation. The linking of different knowledge areas and the integration of the two companies went smoothly.
BROADENED OWNER BASE
In 2005, the five owners of Oy Logset Ab, sold 60% of the company to a group of Finnish investors, lead by Primaca Partners. At the same time, the employees of Oy Logset Ab were given the opportunity to buy shares in the company, which many also did.
In 2006, Logset became part of the PiloMac group, consisting of Logset and piling machinery manufacturer Junttan Oy. Synergies between the companies are found in various areas, such as product development and purchasing.
FORWARDER RANGE: TITAN
On December 7, 2007, Logset presented the new Titan-series of forwarders in the Botnia Hall in Mustasaari, Finland. With the introduction of the new forwarder range, Logset also presented the new control system Logset TOC. The Logset TOC system is a revolutionary control system when it comes to user friendliness and options. The system was tried and tested on different prototype machines in different parts of the world during three years before the launch and has been found to work excellently.
LOGSET GT SERIES
The LOGSET GT Series of forwarders and harvesters was launched during the exhibitions in summer 2012. The machines are equipped with new tier IIIb engines, to fully meet the new regulations. One of the most important features on the harvester side is the 90 degree overall rotating cabin with automatic levelling in all directions.
BREAK OUT FROM CORPORATE RESTRUCTURING
In April 2012, the company broke out from its corporate restructuring program almost three years earlier than estimated. The excellent progress during the last couple of years made it possible to arrange new funding together with the owners and the head financier.
NEW COMPANY NAME
The merger of Oy Logset Ab into Pilomac Oy was carried out on 30.11.2012. At the same time, Pilomac Oy’s name was changed to Logset Oy (in Swedish Logset Ab).