Karlstad, 5th July 2019
Coffee bags and sawdust in Melker of Sweden's new 3D-printed kayaks, longboards and SUPs
Värmland-based Melker of Sweden has since its inception in 2015 had a vision of being able to manufacture innovative outdoor products with as little environmental impact as possible, without having to sacrifice either product properties or design. Together with Löfbergs, ABB, Moelven, RISE and The Wood Region it is now possible!
- Through a close collaboration, we have developed a unique concept where the products are locally produced with robot-based large-scale 3D printing, based on local and bio-based residual materials such as Löfbergs coffee bags and Moelven's sawdust, says Pelle Stafshede, CEO and creative director at Melker of Sweden.
Tailored and circular
The products in question are kayaks, longboards and SUPs (standing boards for kayaking). Materials and construction allow them to be recycled and recycled, and used for new products. In addition, they can be tailored to suit different specific needs.
- Not everyone looks the same and does not have the same conditions, with our unique ecosystem and production method, we can satisfy all target groups with tailor-made products - completely circular, says Pelle Stafshede.
Subscribe outdoor products
The first products are already available to look at and test in Melker of Sweden's secretly opened showroom at Bryggudden in the Inner Harbor in central Karlstad. In a few weeks, "Melker Move" will be launched, where companies and individuals can subscribe to Melker of Sweden's outdoor products as a service - instead of buying.
- Sharing this type of product, which most people still do not use every day, is much better for both the user and the environment, says Pelle Stafshede.
Accessibility and simplicity are also an important aspect, which is why the products are placed in a smart storage solution directly on the bridge. Booking and unlocking is easily done via a mobile phone.
At Bryggudden, newly built homes, restaurants and service companies are interspersed, and the area has in a short time become one of the most popular for companies, locals and tourists. The proximity to the water is noticeable, something that Melker of Sweden wants to be to the delight of more people.
- Vänerskärgården and Klarälvsdeltat is something we have benefited from to a far too small extent, so now we hope to give tourists and locals a real experience while entrepreneurs can offer their employees a wonderful wellness activity, says Pelle Stafshede.
For more information:Pelle Stafshede, CEO and creative director at Melker of Sweden
Tel. 0733-16 95 35, firstname.lastname@example.org