Delete is one of the leading environmental full-service providers in the Nordic countries. The Group offers business-critical services that require specialist competences and specialized equipment through three business segments: Industrial Cleaning Services, Demolition Services (Assets held for sale), and Recycling Services. The business dynamics and types of customer agreements vary somewhat per segment.
Industrial Cleaning Services
In terms of net sales, Delete is the largest provider of industrial cleaning services in Finland. The Group aims to expand its business in Sweden, where it is currently one of the largest players in the field.
Industrial Cleaning Services segment consists of a comprehensive industrial services offering as well as property services, such as high-power vacuuming and blowing services, industrial shutdown and maintenance, exposure vacuuming of sewers and well emptying, industrial cleaning, blast cleaning services and washing and cleaning of facades. Most of the revenue is related to ongoing plant cleaning, shutdown maintenance cleaning, as well as sewage services. The Group provides services of all sizes, from entire factories down to the smallest cleaning jobs on a production line. Delete has an extensive network of production sites covering Finland and Sweden.
The key value proposition to customers in the Industrial Cleaning Services segment includes capabilities and scale to handle highly complex maintenance shutdowns on schedule, secure and fast response time to minimize costly process interruptions, and ability to offer precautionary services to minimize downtime and services that can be carried out even while the plant is in full operation.
Key equipment and vehicles fleet within the Cleaning Services segment include 73 combi units, 9 camera units, 86 hi-power vacuum units, 39 chassis and 104 high-pressure units.
Demolition Services (Assets held for sale)
Demolition is one of the core competencies of Delete. Delete is the largest player in the Finnish demolition service market and in Sweden it is one of the largest players in the field.
Delete has the knowledge and skills acquired over several years to successfully complete very complex heavy demolition projects. The services offered in the segment also include renovation demolition inside buildings, asbestos and other hazardous substance removal as well as hydrodemolition and water jet cutting. Demolition targets include buildings of all kinds and also demanding wreck demolition of ships. Delete actively makes use of subcontracting. Subcontractors typically provide the bulk of the basic equipment needed in demolition projects. Delete calculates the carbon footprint (emissions) of the demolition work for each project it executes. The report produced supports the customers’ sustainability strategy and shows the value of the materials produced in the demolition work to avoid the use and the production of virgin materials.
The key value proposition to Demolition Services customers includes, inter alia, one-stop shop solutions including project management, ability to handle all kinds of projects from entire industrial plant demolition to small and agile demolitions, optimization of environmental sustainability as well as health and safety issues, and entire process of material handling either in the Group’s recycling facilities or with a chain of subcontractors.
Delete owns a modern fleet of core machinery required for the key tasks. The fleet consists of 47 pieces of heavy machinery, including large excavators.
Delete has divested its Demolition business in Sweden in two parts. Heavy Demolition AB was divested on 5 March 2020 and Special Demolition AB on 13 March 2020 and the divestment process for Demolition Services operations in Finland is ongoing.
Delete is one of Finland’s largest construction and demolition waste recycling service providers. The Group serves its customers at all stages of material processing; in re-use, recycling and re-utilization. The Group has six recycling stations in the Helsinki, Tampere, Pori and Espoo urban areas. Recycling Services uses subcontracting to a large extent in its operations. The Recycling Services plants receive, re-use, recycle and process all construction, demolition, industrial and mixed waste in an efficient, sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. The business segment provides services such as recycling and waste processing, reception of oily waste, open large waste container services and crushed concrete.
All of the Delete’s recycling facilities accept solid materials. Additionally, the facilities in Juvanmalmi (Espoo, Finland) and Rusko (Tampere, Finland) accept liquid waste, such as port and ship vessel bilge water and liquids from construction sites. The Group manufactures a product called DeleKivi® from concrete and brick waste obtained mainly from demolition. The end product is suitable for a variety of civil engineering and infrastructure projects.
Especially in its Recycling Services, the Group pursues to meet the highest level of the EU Waste Hierarchy, which aims in waste management primarily to re-use and after that recycling and waste to energy use.
The mixed construction materials such as metals and plastics are sorted and sold onwards to be reused or recycled to materials for new products. This helps to avoid the use of virgin materials. A part of the sorted and processed high quality mixed material is processed into recovered fuel (REF) and delivered onwards for waste-to-energy purposes. As a result, REF is used as a fuel for district heating and electricity production as well as for production of process steam for industrial use.
Circular economy has been identified as the future of material handling. Delete continuously investigates and develops its material handling and sorting processes to meet an even higher re-use and recycling rates. The Group’s reutilization rate (reuse, recycling and waste to energy use) in 2018 was 99.4%.