Eleiko, the leading Swedish-based producer of weightlifting equipment, has started construction of a new logistics center in Halmstad, close to its head office in Kistinge, to help cope with its continued growth, which reportedly led it to book sales of about 500 million Swedish kronor (€45m-$60m) last year, up from SEK 200 million in 2015. The 18,000-square-meter building is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2022, allowing it to more than double the production in its current premises. It should also optimize lead times and the overall service levels. The use of solar cells will reduce energy consumption by 20 percent. The company’s former warehouse in Halmstad had caught fire in March 2016. Last September, Eleiko strengthened its production capacity by acquiring Melanders Verkstad, a machining and steel specialist located close to its headquarters with which it was collaborating in the development and manufacture of free weights. The 60-year-old company also started a subsidiary in France last year, and it expanded its U.S. operations in March by moving its office from Chicago to Austin, Texas, with a distribution center for the whole North American market. In a strategic move designed to cater to the growing home fitness trend, Eleiko launched a B2C web store last year.