Wibax is a sustainable chemical supplier that gives consideration to both you and the environment. We work in a customer-oriented manner with the market's most efficient logistics system in order to supply liquid chemical products, biofuels and salt.
Wibax sells, purchases, processes and distributes liquid chemical products, biofuels and salt to the base industries in Europe. Operations consist of sales, importing, production, development, servicing & maintenance, storage and distribution primarily of liquid chemical products in bulk. We are also a problem-solving company, developing new products and applications in co-operation with the customer – and always with the focus on sustainability.Read more »
WIBAX’ headquarters and production are located in Piteå, Sweden. Terminals and offices are found throughout Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Norway. Currently, approximately 250 people are employed by Wibax and in 2020 the group had a turnover of approximately 1,301 million SEK. The following companies are part of Wibax Group AB: Wibax Chemicals AB, Wibax Biofuels AB, Wibax Logistics AB, Wibax Industrial AB, Wibax Production AB, Wibax AS, Wibax Holding Oy, Wibax Sales Oy, Wibax Tank Oy och Wibax Tank AS.Read more »
Bo Axel Wiklund
Bo Wiklund establishes and starts up WIBAX. The name stands for Wiklund Bo Axel. The basic idea was to set aside lignosulphonate from Modo Domsjö in parallel with supplying chemicals to the foresty industry.
A tanker terminal in Örnsköldsvik is acquired for the storage of liquid chemicals. From a strategic perspective, this is fundamental for the continued development of the company. The terminal is expanded through further acquisitions and conversion work is performed. In the same year, the company becomes a part-owner of a chemical haulage company.
A property with a floor space of 2,300 m2 is acquired in Piteå, which then becomes WIBAX's head office and base.
Terminal started in Oxelösund and the company purchases two terminals in Skelleftehamn along with storage cisterns. This is done in order to manage significant increases in volume and delivery reliability. Considerable investments in order to increase storage capacity and optimise the logistics.
Acquisition of terminal in Uddevalla and completion of production line for WiDAQ – the company's first chemical processed in-house.
The new company works to meet the Group's need for high-tech expertise and is made up of specialists in the fields of chemistry and industrial processes.
During the year, a third depot is acquired in Skellefteå. A terminal with storage cistern is also acquired at Haraholmen in Piteå.
Despite the most turbulent year on the chemical market, Wibax is able to increase both sales and profit compared the previous record year. The production facility in Piteå is expanded and increased production of WiAL+ commences. Investments are also made in terminals. A second terminal at Haraholmen in Piteå and a new port terminal in Norrköping. Wibax also increases its purchase of raw materials with direct deals in China.
The growth continues and WIBAX has the whole world as its market. Around 100,000 tonnes are delivered by rail from Central Europe and within Sweden. There is now an office in Stockholm and the company invests SEK 70-80 million in the expansion of port terminals and properties in Norrköping and Piteå. WIBAX Energy AB is established, focusing primarily on the energy sector, and the investment in vegetable oils is increased. Wibax's office in Piteå is expanded with an additional storey, and in-house production increases. The delivery truck fleet is expanded to 31 trucks, the number of employees increases to 95 and Bo Wiklund wins the Årets Näringslivspris award.
Wibax celebrates its 25th anniversary. WIBAX Industrial AB is esablished with the focus on service and maintenance assignments in industrial environments. WIBAX has acquired an ever-greater role as a problem-solver and process-developer within the base industry. The company's own products together with its expertise represent one of the company's most important business areas. The Group now comprises five companies and currently has around 130 employees.
Bo Wiklund, founder and principal owner of WIBAX, hands over 45% of his shareholding to his three sons: Jonas Wiklund, Andreas Wiklund and David Wiklund. Investment in bio-oil in southern Sweden increases, including with more cisterns at the depot in Norrköping. The truck fleet now comprises 37 heavy tanker trucks, EURO class 5. WIBAX OY established with registered office in Kotka. The establishment of the company in Finland can make WIBAX an even stronger partner for the Nordic market.
WIBAX enters into an agreement with GE Water & Process Technologies and becomes the distributor for their water and process treatment chemicals in the Nordic region. A tanker terminal in Malmö oil port is acquired, which provides major benefits when exporting and importing to and from Europe and for the market in the expanding Öresund region. WIBAX takes over an existing GE market and a total of six employees who are represented in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway. The Group has now expanded to the Nordic region and has an office and a port terminal with cisterns in Finland, as well as offices in Denmark and Norway.
Wibax has invested in a terminal business in Malmö previously owned by Kemetyl Tank Storage AB. The operation includes a cistern park with a storage capacity of a total of 13,500 m3, which is well prepared for several different types of transport such as boat, tanker truck and railway. The terminal area has a total area of about 17,000 m2 with great opportunities to increase the total storage capacity through the construction of more cisterns. The plant also has large office and warehouse space with the possibility of handling larger volumes of packaged small packaging.
Wibax has acquired Silvex, a green energy company. The company is located in Stockholm and imports, among other things, pitch oil which is resold to customers in the fields of energy and industry, primarily in the Nordic region. The acquisition of Silvex is a strategically important investment as part of Wibax' growth strategy. The acquisition also opens opportunities for new geographical expansion while simultaneously increasing the added value for our customers in the region.
WIBAX has also invested in terminal operations in Skutskär, previously owned by Baltic Tank / KS-Terminal. The terminal has a storage capacity of about 40,000 cubic meters and is strategically located for a number of important customers.
Wibax has invested in Sweden's first 74-ton tanker truck for the transport of bio oils. Wibax has now put into operation a new, more efficient, and environmentally friendly tanker vehicle for traffic along the coast of northern Sweden. For the road section between Husum in the south and Kalix in the north, the Swedish Transport Administration has granted the company a special exemption. The exemption covers transports with a 15% higher load weight than the current regulations allow. The vehicle can perform transports with a total weight of up to 74 tonnes, which is good for industry and our environment.
Wibax has invested a total of approximately SEK 50 million in a terminal operation in Jakobstad. As part of this investment, Wibax acquired a terminal from Neste. Position and development potential are important factors in the acquisition, as well as the fact that the terminal is already ready for most products. By increasing our storage and logistics capacity, Wibax will become stronger in the attractive Finnish market, while at the same time complementing the needs of the entire group.
Wibax has reached 30 years of age and the time is ripe for renewing our graphical profile so that it is better in line with our current - and future - steadily stronger focus on the environment and good chemistry. To us, it marks a starting point for future development, and more clearly demonstrates our focus on the environment and good chemistry. You will still recognise us, but if you ask us, the new logo has a greener, more inviting feeling.
In 2017, the group had sales of approximately 847 million SEK. A total of about 170 employees work within the Wibax Group.
Wibax has adapted its production facility in Piteå and as a result of the expanded permit we have the opportunity to produce just over 150,000 tonnes per annum of current products such as liquid magnesium and aluminum sulphate. In connection with the new environmental permit coming into force, renovations have been carried out in Wibax's production facility in Piteå to adapt the working environment along with safety and also ensure that we have the lowest possible environmental impact.
Almost ten years ago, the goal was set. In 2018, it was achieved with flying colors. The Piteå company Wibax has now joined an exclusive group of companies in Norrbotten with a turnover of more than 1 billion SEK. We aimed to reach the goal in 2020, but already in 2018 we had a turnover of almost 1.2 billion. Additionally, we managed to increase our sales year on year while remaining profitable, and also exceeded our profitability target for 2018.
Wibax' terminal in Malmö is an important investment to increase our presence in the Öresund region. The terminal is strategically located for deliveries to both southernmost Sweden and Denmark as well as for imports of various products from the rest of Europe. After a multi-million investment to increase capacity and ensure a high level of security, the Wibax terminal in Malmö has been remodelled and completed.
Wibax has invested in a terminal in Gävle and the idea is to continue strengthening the distribution chain. By investing in our own terminals, we ensure that we are in close proximity to our customers, while also minimising road transport by tanker trucks as much as possible. All Wibax terminals maintain a very high standard, meeting high security requirements. The new terminal in Gävle is also in good condition and meets all permit requirements. It is located right next to the port and has the capacity to handle maritime, rail and tanker transport.
In June 2020, we moved into the new premises, which have been built to meet the needs of both today and tomorrow. Our 75 previous office spaces have been expanded with another 36 offices and a creative office landscape. The facilities span two floors on top of the existing production premises adjacent to the current office. A new coffee room with double ceiling height and a large terrace to the south, and a staff gym also contribute to increased workplace enjoyment. The expanded facility also includes a new lab and control room as part of a continued expansion of our own product range.
Wibax acquired 100% of the shares in Baltic Tank Oy on September 1, 2020, thereby taking over the operations based in Turku, Finland and its terminals along the Finnish coast and in Kunda, Estonia. The acquisition is part of Wibax's vision to build an industry-leading group in the field of chemical handling and strengthens Wibax' unique position to offer services throughout the entire value chain within the Nordic region. Wibax currently has 19 terminals in strategic locations throughout Sweden, Finland and Estonia. With the acquisition, we welcome about 30 Finnish employees to the Wibax group, which now consists of a total of about 250 employees.