SIMEON started in a small scale forty years ago. Today we reach an annual revenue of over 80 million euros. Most of the revenue is created through long customer partnerships with leading players of their respective business segments.
Partnership is our way of working with all our customers. Understanding our customer’s products and processes is essential for us in order to achieve our mutual goals.
We produce most of our services by drivers on our own payroll. They are supported by subcontractors with whom we have long lasting partnerships. This allows us to turn our goals into actions such as customer service of high quality, safety, reliability, and as low a carbon footprint as possible.
The story of Kiitosimeon Oy, today known as SIMEON, began already in 1983 when the founder of SIMEON, Mr. Juha Lehtinen, together with his business partner, bought a company of 15 trucks. In the beginning, heavy fuel oil was transported domestically with 5 trucks, and 10 trucks were commuting to Europe and the Middle East.
The roads of Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia became also familiar to our drivers. A surprisingly large number of drivers were willing to sign up for these month-long assignments. There were no phones in the trucks, and there were often huge challenges with communication. Sometimes the drivers were out of radio coverage for several weeks in a row.
Already at a very early stage SIMEON started offering various types of gas transportation services. Gas transportations increased significantly in the beginning of 1998 when AGA withdrew from operating its own trucks.
In 2007, along with the acquisition of Oy Transuotila Ab, SIMEON’s business grew considerably as operations expanded to the Baltic countries. The acquisition included companies in Lithuania and Latvia. In addition to this, SIMEON established a subsidiary in Estonia. In Finland the transportations of both chemicals and oil increased. Shortly after the expansion to the Baltic countries, a subsidiary was founded also in Sweden. As a result of the Transuotila acquisition, the company slightly pivoted its business to specialize in the transportation of gas, fuel, and chemicals.
As of 2019 Juha Lehtinen and the Stenberg family own the company’s shares.
Several Finnish construction companies operated in the Middle East. SIMEON supplied construction materials to the construction company YIT, among others. The driver of this truck worked for months without access to a telephone.
Juha Lehtinen founded SIMEON by acquiring the company ‘Kuljetusliike Löfgren Ky’. In this picture the license plates are changed as the truck’s ownership is changed.
Our mechanic working on maintenance of a SIMEON truck. SIMEON has owned several workshops during the past years. Today we run a tank manufacturing workshop in Lahti, and an equipment repair shop in Lappeenranta.
This truck belonged to Oy Transuotila Ab which Simeon acquired in 2007. The history of Transuotila thus lives on through SIMEON nowadays.
CEO Pontus Stenberg
SIMEON focuses on safety in all its activities. The customer’s safety standards are also SIMEON’s safety standards.
Our customers’ needs are the basis of our operations. Our goal is to create long-term customer relationships by being innovative, reliable, and responsive to customers’ needs.
All SIMEON’s services are produced with as minimal environmental impact as possible. Environmental factors play an important role when we choose partners, raw materials, and equipment required for different operations.
Responsibility begins by keeping what has been agreed. It also means that it is the duty of every employee to intervene in misconduct, to support a colleague, and to help every one to act in accordance with our instructions and values. Problems or challenges of any kind are not hidden or postponed, they are discussed openly and fixed as soon aspossible.
All operations and services are based on consideration of profitability and risks. The management’s task is to guide development and growth in such a way that long-term profitability develops in a positive way.
It is important to focus on what is essential. Profitability, safety issues, environment, vehicle fleet, laws and regulations – there’s plenty to think about. In the midst of all this, we want our customers to feel that our goal is to serve well and even to exceed their expectations. We have the privilege of working with market leaders such as Linde, Preem, Neste, Kemira, Boliden, Altia, Prefere Resins, Gasum, and Kosan Gas.
We value our partnerships very much.
“Anora Group is a Nordic distillery company headquartered in Finland. We produce grain-distilled alcohol and industrially used technical ethanol. In Finland, SIMEON has driven ethanol for us for a long time.
I can definitely recommend SIMEON. You can trust them. SIMEON is competent and they have the know-how to transport dangerous goods.”
Kari Kiltilä, Anora group
“SIMEON is a long-term partner of UPM Biofuels in the safe transport of fuels and chemicals. In the development of safety, the importance of co-operation is emphasized especially in loading situations, although observations and development work are constantly expanded to cover the entire transport, instead of just the safety of the own gates.
SIMEON’s own security practices are comprehensive, and their development and risk analysis of the changing environment continues daily.”
Saara Töyssy, journalist, Tulus