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Our journey

towards sustainability continues

As an increasingly significant presence in society and one of industry’s largest companies, Ramudden has a particular responsibility to contribute to sustainable development.

From Ramudden Group CEO

Hans-Olov Blom, Ramudden Group CEO and founder of the company.
Despite the pandemic, 2021 was our best year ever. So not only have we maintained momentum, we have also grown geographically and increased our profitability. In parallel, we have continued to structure and drive our sustainability work. “Proud” barely scratches the surface!
I see this year’s results as proof that Ramudden’s business concept holds up even when times are tough. We exist to make sure that everyone at a site feels safe and can focus on their work, and that everyone passing through the site with cars, bikes and prams can do so smoothly and safely. This has been Ramudden’s starting point since the beginning.

During the year, we have worked hard to transform our culture and ways of working into more structured roles, procedures and processes across the company. This has become necessary as we grow, not least following our large merger in 2020. In line with this, we have implemented a major branding project in which we have tried to capture what we call the Ramudden spirit, and worked on an “employee value proposition” to give our employees a clear set of values.

Sustainability high on the agenda

Besides harmonising processes and introducing support systems, this year’s work is all about sustainability issues moving right up the agenda. The creation of the ESG Centre of Excellence, with representatives from all countries represented in the WZS Group, has given us a whole new level of ambition to drive our work forward. This includes, for example, development of group-wide governance, creation of sustainability key performance indicators and reporting in this area.

Digitalisation of work sites

An important part of our offering involves digitalisation of work sites. Our industry is generally still analogue, but we are now driving an urgent change by means of sensors and connected technologies.

In 2021, for example, we have launched smart batteries that help to make work sites safer and reduce transport. We also have connected message signs to facilitate efficient traffic flows, and have started real-time digital reporting from work sites. We are the market leader in this area, and we are seeing a lot of interest from customers.

During the year, we also launched the SVEA traffic barrier, part of an intelligent and safe product system for complex urban environments. Our offering must always be in line with – or ideally ahead of – the evolution of society. We are now looking at solutions for cyclists and pedestrians in order to deal with new behaviours in society.

An important social stakeholder

For me, safety is something that concerns everyone. Besides being involved in driving forward key industry issues, the year has provided further evidence that Ramudden is now seen as a key stakeholder in an ever-increasing context.

For example, we worked as a partner to the Swedish Police Authority and managed safety solutions in connection with the Holocaust Conference in Malmö. We also delivered a critical project in Finland, ensuring safety around a refinery – at the time, the largest construction site in the country.

The increasing trust being placed in Ramudden is due to the fact that we have matured as an organisation. When we provide safety, customers can rest assured that they are getting a partner who thinks one step ahead and goes the extra mile. The secret? The efforts of our staff, who have been particularly heroic in another pandemic year. To highlight their important work, we have introduced the WZS Award, which is presented to depots that excel in work site safety.

Increased governance empowers us

Governance is creating faster progress on our journey of growth. We made several important acquisitions during the year, including Trafino Oy and Westers Group TA AB, which together add new elements to our customer offering. We have also established a presence in Canada, which is a very exciting step.

Our journey ahead is all about leveraging the power of the Group’s strengths – but without losing our genuine consideration and focus on safety right down to the last detail.
Hans-Olov Blom,
Group CEO of Ramudden