Pyroll’s history

The 1970s

Reino’s father Paavo working
Reino’s father Paavo working

Pyroll was born in 1973, when Reino Uusitalo, who handled maintenance duties at a paper mill, established Pyhtään Paperi Oy in an old agricultural building. He started the business by making wrapping sheets for stores. Business was good from the start because there was plenty of raw material available. He expanded his operations in 1976 by establishing a sister company called Ypäjän Paperi Oy (later on known as Ypap Oy).

The 1980s

The carton machine at the Siltakylä unit
The carton machine at the Siltakylä unit

The reel edge protector unit established in Lieksa at the beginning of the 1980s became the third unit of the conglomerate. Pyhtään Paperi was renamed Pyroll Oy in 1982 and was relocated to new premises in Pyhtää. In the same year, Reino Uusitalo purchased the paper bag factory Ahma-Aho Oy located in Lempäälä. Nowadays, this factory – known as Pyroll’s Lempäälä unit – is one of the biggest manufacturers of paper bags and printed paper wrapping in Finland.

Pyroll became a paper merchant in 1988, when Helsingin Pahvitukku Oy became part of Pyroll – and was renamed Pyrollpap Oy three years later. In 1988, we also founded a sheeting unit in Kyröskoski and purchased Lahden kotelotehdas from Enso Gutzeit. As a result of these operations Pyroll has three strong branches: converting, packages, and paper merchant operations.

The 1990s

Packing the sheets
Packing the sheets

At the beginning of the 1990s, the conglomerate already consisted of ten units that employed c. 250 people. Our mergers and acquisitions continued at a steady pace. We, for example, purchased the Valkeakoski-based Hämeen Paperinjalostus Oy together with Karhulan paperisäkkitehdas from UPM-Kymmene, and established sheeting units in Jyväskylä and Karhula.

Ypap had expanded into a corporation that included Ypap Oy, Pyrollsack Oy, and Ikapaper Oy. Ypap was separated from Pyroll and established as an independent conglomerate in the mid-1990s.

The first decade of the 21st century

Sheet cutting in Valkeakoski
Sheet cutting in Valkeakoski

We have seen steady growth through investments and corporate acquisitions. In 2002, we built a state-of-the-art sheeting unit in the new industrial park in Valkeakoski. Pyrollpap was relocated from Vantaa to Tuusula, and in 2003 graphic papers were added in its selection. At the same time, it became a member of the international paper merchant chain Igepa Group.

Pyroll’s packaging business has expanded significantly in the 21st century. The carton production at the Lahti factory was modernised in 2004, which remarkably improved the unit’s ability to serve its customers. In the summer of 2007, we purchased Finland’s leading paperboard packaging manufacturer Takon Kotelotehdas Oy from M-real. We also started collaborating with and became a shareholder in SOLVER palvelut Oy, which provides digitally-printed cartons and other printed matters. We expanded our operations to plastic packaging by purchasing Kalvopakkaus Oy and Polyno Oy that manufacture flexible plastic packages. We purchased the third plastic package manufacturer, SeaPack Oy, in 2010.

We have started our internationalisation carefully but with distinctive goals in mind. We established a state-of-the-art sheeting unit primarily for Central-European customers in Stryków in Central Poland at the end of 2008. Today, this unit cuts paper and paperboard sheets using three sheet cutters. It is at a logistically excellent location, and we continuously develop its operations.

The 2010s

The flexographic printing press Aino in Lempäälä
The flexographic printing press Aino in Lempäälä

Reino Uusitalo, who was awarded the honorary title of Industrial Counsellor in 2007, became the Chairman of the Board in 2006. The President and CEO Hannu Vakkari assumed the operational management responsibilities. After this change of generation, Reino Uusitalo’s four children became members of the Board and significant shareholders in 2010. Irene Isotalo also works in the company as the Communications Manager.

The Ypap corporation became once again part of Pyroll at the beginning of 2011. Because of this, we also acquired TT-paperi Oy that Ypap had purchased in 2003 and the Ikapapir Kft subsidiary founded in Hungary in 2010.

In 2012 KM-Group Ltd became a part of Pyroll. KM Pakkaus (Pyroll Joensuu) manufactures packaging and packaging materials for the dairy industry and for other branches of the food industry. The product range includes for example lids for yoghurt and sour cream jars and spreadable fat packages, ice cream cone wraps, fat wraps and other wraps.

The export of our packages is boosted by our own experts in Finland and our agent network that covers most of Europe.

In the future, Pyroll plans to continue growing in a controlled and productive manner, adhering to its key values: customer-oriented approach, responsibility, Finnishness, and family business-oriented approach.