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EAST & NORTH FINLAND Smart Specialisation News ................. 2018 1. 2. LAPLAND 3. OULU REGION CENTRAL KAINUU OSTROBOTHNIA 4. NORTH KARELIA POHJOIS-SAVO SOUTH SAVO 5. 6. 7.
EAST & NORTH FINLAND: SMART SPECIALISATION NEWS East & North Finland Contents LAPLAND ... 4 “ Lapland is a unique Arctic region that – the realm of pure nature, strives to be the most innovative and business-driven sparsely populated area in the EU and Circumpolar Arctic by 2022. high technology and human wellbeing East & North Finland Smart Specalisation News Coordinator East-North Finland is the home of thousand lakes, pristine nature and amended Kristiina Jokelainen natural resources. Sustainable utilisation of the natural resources and conditions Regional Council of Lapland generates the backbone of the regional economy. Smart development and use of ICT solutions supports regions to turn the challenges to opportunities. Art Direction & Design OULU REGION ... 6 E Lasse Paldanius “ ast-North Finland (ENF) is It is challenging to maintain the continuously adapt, innovate, facilitate Press formed by seven regions – preconditions for sustainable development investment in new technologies and The Oulu region has the world-class expertise in the fields like ICT and KAINUU ... 8 “ Suomalainen Lapland, Oulu Region, Central under Northern conditions of harsh implementation changes supporting refinement of raw timber material. Kainuu provides an outstanding Lehtipaino Oy Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, Pohjois- climate and fragile nature. Therefore, the transition to a low-carbon energy Development is based on nature-related environment for living, working Savo, North Karelia and South introducing the principles of circular and circular economy. values and human wellbeing. life and businesses! Savo. The natural environment economy and resource efficiency to all ENF is 7 NUTS III level regions having plays a far more important role in the ENF industrial sectors and enterprises of all their place-based Smart Specialisation than in other parts of Finland and European sizes is crucial for the sustainable economic Strategies (S3) highlighting the region Union. The ENF regions are a mixture of development. The long distances and specific advantages. Strategies share ROVANIEMI “ abundant natural resources. Vast common features to find best deposits of natural resources provide way to capitalise the natural business opportunities and generate Industries utilising resources and conditions investments and employment. At the same time, there is a pressing need and processing the providing the best added value for the regions, to sustain the to create and nurture a sustainable natural resources in vital cities and dynamic rural balance between these industries, areas and engaging regional other sectors and the vulnerable the ENF regions provide stakeholders to the practical CENTRAL northern nature. Industries utilising and the foundation for implementation. The regions have also complementary competences OSTROBOTHNIA ... 10 processing the natural resources economic development. such as specific expertise on POHJOIS-SAVO ... 12 “ Central Ostrobotnia can be called a “ in the ENF regions provide the ICT, advanced manufacturing, OULU foundation for economic development. chemistry, circular economy and Biovalley region which means that the Pohjois-Savo is a dynamic region Traditionally, the regional ecosystems in declining population in the ENF require the Pharmaceuticals and health technology. area has rich natural resources and with high-level growing enterprises, ENF have been a mix of large, medium, development of next generation innovation Each of the seven S3s fosters an open, strong industrial profile with strong excellent science and technology, and small-scale actors. Industrial activities platforms, living labs, distance spanning inclusive and participative method to connections to international trade. industry and security. among them have catalysed a number of clusters and digital innovation hubs (DIH), achieve a higher integration of regional innovative start-ups, in close interaction better connected to the European RDI RDI assets. S3s are aiming to strengthen KAJAANI with regional RDI actors. resources. This is a critical prerequisite the regional playground, taking advantage KOKKOLA The ENF industrial ecosystem for over-coming the issues linked to the of the broad based innovation – creating provides a diverse breeding ground for lack of critical mass in the region. In a breeding ground for the cross-sectorial new emerging industries, supporting the the sparsely populated regions, digital collaboration. management of industrial symbiosis, solutions can make distances shorter, new energy solutions, renewable low- improve services for rural communities carbon materials and clean-tech solutions and support growth and job creation. In the next pages you can have a closer Cover photos: to all industrial sectors. The tourism Together ENF sent the Expression look to regions and their solutions 1. Lapin materiaalipankki | Simo Vilhunen industry is increasing its importance of Interest to participate in a pilot on to be smartly specialised. 2. OuluHealth | Oulu Region in the regional economy. It is crucial industrial transition and was accepted KUOPIO 3. Critical Force Ltd. | Kainuu Region to ensure that the growth of the global among 11 other regions and countries. 4. Biovalley | Central Ostrobothnia 5. Ponsse, Vieremä | Pohjois-Savo tourism sector is balanced in the long- Together all seven regions are seeking to JOENSUU 6. ForestPhotonics 17 | Tuukka Pakarinen term, bringing equal benefits to all parts strengthen regional industry’s ability to 7. FiberLaboratory | South Savo of the region. Expertise on managing and refining MIKKELI natural resources and conditions East and North Finland (ENF) is formed by Lapland, Oulu region, · Forest bioeconomy and wood products · Rock, mining and metal industries ENF is 7 NUTS III level regions - 7 S3s built on the strengths and opportunities NORTH KARELIA ... 14 “ Central Ostrobothnia, Kainuu, · Chemical industry Environmental of that particular region Towards fossil oil-free and low-carbon Pohjois-Savo, North-Karelia and water technology · Food industries North Karelia with solutions from Common features: FACTS OF and South Savo forest bioeconomy and technologies · Land area 202593,9 km², · Tourism and Arctic expertise · Natural resources - minerals and stone, 67% of Finland’s land area Complementary competences forestry, fields and water – sustainable & materials. EAST & · 1,3 million inhabitants 25% of the population · Density under 10 inhabitants/km² · Material and mechanical engineering · Wellness and health technology · Information and communication technology, capitalisation of natural resources · Tourism and vital rural areas NORTH · Constitute 19,42 % of the Finland’s economy (2016) printed electronics and measuring technology Education and RDI Complementary specialisations · Managing of circular economy · Utilisation of KETs and ICT SOUTH SAVO ... 16 FINLAND “ · Provides 19, 6 % of the Finland · wide network of regional vocational · Advanced manufacturing – wood, materials, All the core actors of the region including export (2015-2017) education institutions steel machinery and energy etc. · Tourism demand 40% from research institutes, cities, municipalities · 3 universities and 3 university consortiums · Chemistry the total national demand (2016) · 7 University of applied sciences with several and citizens molded the shared vision of · Pharmaceuticals and health technology regional locations South Savo’s smart specialization strategy. · Sector specific research institutions 2 3
EAST & NORTH FINLAND: SMART SPECIALISATION NEWS LAPLAND Arctic Smartness – Implementing Learn more about the Smart Specialisation in Lapland Arctic Smartness: ARCTICSMARTNESS.EU I Return to mplement i ng sma r t University of Lapland, Regional specialisation, Lapland square one to examine the Arctic Council of Lapland and Lapland has developed a systematic research and education Safety University of Applied Sciences, regional development services have also been successful approach based on Arctic Arctic Industry due to regional cooperation, Smartness brand and and Circular In need of for example, in the funding cooperation. The vision of Arctic Economy wider perspective? application processes of the Smartness is that Lapland is Contact non profit organisations and Arctic European Union’s spearhead recognised as the most innovative FIVE ARCTIC associations Design programme, Horizon 2020. sparsely populated region in the SMARTNESS CLUSTERS Lapland is also actively involved EU by 2022. Arctic Smartness in the partnerships between the is reaching towards its vision by focusing on regional clusters LAPLAND smart specialisation themes and the lead has been assigned to International Growth and ecosystem. These clusters Lapland in tourism, bioenergy support the co-creation and Put the CREATING ADDED VALUE, and sports. Arctic Smartness development of the new regional clusters to efficient GROWTH, JOBS AND NEW Reach the Promoting cluster INNOVATIONS FOR BUSINESS full speed for value chains that generate use: find a new THROUGH SPECIALISATION your innovation: cooperation in business European project growth and innovation activities partner contact funders Success of Lapland includes and authorities of SMEs. The implementation new research, development and from Smart Specialisation of the Lapland S3 focuses on innovation projects. These projects Wait for emphasising the cross-cutting have been created in cooperation Arctic 2 throws and interaction, which will stimulate develop an idea for Arctic with regional development actors. the finding of new interfaces Smart Rural a new project in the meantime with Development The network of Lapland’s regional where cross-fertilisation appears. Communities local business development Environments developers has become even Photo: Lapin materiaalipankki | Simo Vilhunen With the modern clusters of services stronger and faith in doing things Arctic industry and circular together has been fortified. economy, Arctic smart rural This has also resulted in the Lapland is by its nature the international region. Arctic is part of everyday life in Lapland. People in Lapland communities, Arctic design, sector and financiers is at the core business. The steadily progressing Finland, for example, has gradual activation of the business Arctic safety and Arctic of modern cluster activities. The locomotive is driven by the new clearly reinforced its regional sector. The greatest challenge, have adapted themselves and their activities to the environment with a goal to become high level experts development environments, work has brought resources and innovative fields, in addition to status and launched several however, remains: how to make in Finland and in EU on sustainable development of the northernmost regions. Lapland aims to be an Lapland is looking beyond the visibility to regional development the growth of the traditional new research and development the development work visible in organisation boundaries and and research. Over the past industry and tourism. projects with the help of both the turnover and profit of local internationally competetive region and the most innovative sparsely populated area. over the national borders. years, new objectives have been The excellent cluster work local and international funding. SMEs in the long run? L The cooperation between set with a stronger emphasis has brought added resources Other research and development apland, as the northernmost current overall picture and potential industries of natural resources are built driving force with regional stakeholders. businesses, research and on the region’s emerging lines and success to each partner. organisations, such as the region of Finland and European of cross-sectoral cooperation. By this on mining and minerals, forestry and In Lapland, resource efficiency and smart educational institutes, the public of business and needs of the The Natural Resources Institute Geological Survey of Finland, Union, is in the middle of way the foundation for innovation rapidly growing nature-based tourism. utilisation of raw materials in addition global changes, challenges and development of solutions towards With the lead of these industries there is to increasing self-sufficiency are targets and opportunities. Sustainable development is the foundation international market is created. The objective of international cooperation diverse industrial and support service, natural product and food processing that are creating competitive advantage for industries in Finland and European The future looks Smart and Excellent of growth in Lapland. Looking for the is to increase produced added value for business in Lapland, which creates Union. Mining and metallurgy have an “ balance in the utilisation of natural international business important role when pursuing these resources and sustainable development and vitality for the whole targets, which has led to systematic leads continuous economic and social By being an active player region. Lapland’s SMEs development of industrial symbiosis and Lapland is a unique Arctic region that strives to be the most innovative and business-driven sparsely populated benefits for current generations and ones to come. Taking our own place in global in the international are characterised by cross-boarder business. circular economy activities in Lapland. “By only taking part, carrying out area in the EU and Circumpolar Arctic by 2022. Strategic priorities of Lapland’s Smart Specialisation are included in 2018 as a part of strategy called Lapland – the Arctic and International Highflyer. Until 2022, operational environment is the foundation network, the regions can Strategic approach and our own responsibilities and leading the focus of Smart Specialisation is in internationalisation and following three priorities. for growth and for internationalisation strategic investments the development ourselves we can now and in the future. Lapland aims to truly have an influence on have contributed to make difference. The mining regions PRIORITY 1: Advanced Arctic Industry be a recognised region which relies on strong arctic arctic export and competence. the crucial matters.” the emergence of new development ideas in cooperation stands as a great example about this”, says Director of International – foundation for the growth LAPLAND IS seeking to become more competitive and innovative sparsely populated region. Smart and arctic knowledge, sustainable the fields of natural Relations Kristiina Jokelainen from Arctic circular economy Arctic sustainable tourism By now, the region has gained visibility and utilisation of natural resources and strong everyday life in Lapland and support products and tourism. Regional Council of Lapland. “As the Growth in business by increasing Emerging industries a firm foothold in many international forums. the refining of natural resources as new business facilitators communities are the evolving competitive the growth. Smart solutions must to Lapland doesn’t want to be a mere next initiative among others, we want to At the same time, new businesses have been advantages of Lapland. be created and means of harnessing onlooker when it comes to the Arctic. strengthen the refining of natural products established throughout the region. The goal Inn cy en ov Strengthening the international the regional competence for sustainable By being an active player in the and food processing in Lapland. Also, is to support the competitiveness and growth ici ati eff on cooperation “In Lapland, we see development need to be put in to use. international network, the regions can growing sustainable tourism will be in of clusters that are genuinely market-based gy s er Be active to make a difference! and strive to be international. Ecosystem based En international cooperation as a serious truly have an influence on the crucial the core of development of international business”, says Development Director, The most important themes for Lapland matters. One good example of this is the activities, Jokelainen adds. Sustainable approach to cooperation provides new operating Lo regional w- models for business life in Lapland and they n Päivi Ekdahl from the Regional Council of are the sustainable utilisation of natural generation of European mining regions Educational solutions tio development Renewing regional ca sa of Lapland rb Lapland. In addition to internationalisation, resources and conditions and increasing network, where Lapland has been the supporting the economical ecosystem supporting strengthen, for example, our public and private ali on growth and internationalisation git Vision 2030 the economical growth funding opportunities. Di Lapland is emphasising regional ecosystem value of resources by refining. The driver Clusters strenghtening thinking deepen the understanding of Internationally strong Strong Arctic and international actor the regional value Key players in Smart Specialisation: and attractive area Sustainable policies of the new EU industrial strategy chains development REGIONAL COUNCIL OF LAPLAND remains grateful University of Lapland, Lapland University of PRIORITY 2: for the regional partners and experts involved Applied Sciences, Geological Survey of Finland, PRIORITY 3: 179 220 (2017) inhabitants, Knowledge, renewing and Arctic innovation and Interregional Regional ecosystem in cluster development and Arctic Smartness Total turnover: 12 000 M€ Natural Resource Institute Finland, Digipolis innovations strengthening development environments collaboration develop- density 1,93 people per km² Ltd, Rovaniemi Developoment Ltd, ProAgria as a base for cooperation. The dedication and hard work for GDP 6350: M€ (2015) the growth and international as drivers for the growth ing the whole region internationalisation Lapland, Regional Council of Lapland. business the mutual goals has led to tangible results. Total area 100 366 km², from which: Lakes and rivers 7699 km² Turnover growth 2016–2017: Supportive and helpful attitude of dozens of +9,5% in Lapland compared The Sámi, the only indigenous people in Lapland has enabled more powerful Forest 90 500 km² 1. Advanced Arctic industry – foundation for the growth is focusing on arctic circular economy, arctic sustainable to +6,2% average in Finland FACTS OF people of the EU development to build on. We believe, that even tourism, creating growth by increasing the refining of natural resources and new emerging industries as new business Number of enterprises: 9094 4th strongest export region in Finland: 1,000 km open border with 3 countries facilitators. Economy in Lapland is growing and efforts for increasing the business skills, strengthening the leading greater results will be achieved together in the LAPLAND Main industries: Mining and metallurgy: 5000 M€ Forest, manufacturing of wood, 3800 M€ export revenues 7 % of the national export The world’s largest organic harvesting area The cleanest air in the world and purest sectors and supporting new bold innovations lay foundation for success and development. 2. Arctic knowledge, renewing and innovations strengthening the growth and international business. future. paper & paper products: 1300 M€ Tourism: Tourism: 2,9 million registered overnight Balanced growth requires skilled workforce and strong education, research and innovation infrastructure. Mika Riipi water in Europe Total tourism demand 1000 M€ stays, international tourism growth rate 22% County Governor 3. Regional ecosystem as a base for internationalisation. Public authorities and development organisations Agrofood production: 300 M€ (2016-2017). Compared to + 17% in Finland 5 airports and year-round open ports 4 ensure the conditions for success. Strong region, versatile utilisation of stakeholders´ expertise and effective 5 allocation of human resources make Lapland powerful and well-known actor in international collaboration.
EAST & NORTH FINLAND: SMART SPECIALISATION NEWS POHJOIS-POHJANMAA OULU REGION ERDF boosted metal and mechanical engineering industry Metal and mechanical engineering industry is one of the focus areas of the Oulu Region smart specialization strategy. OuluHealth T he region is well known of its top level knowledge of the advanced steels and has great potential for new knowledge- – Systems and know-how integration of-steel-based business. Local metal industry and University of Oulu (UO) and Oulu University of Applied W Sciences have a strong, decade’s long ith digitalisation, companies, such as Tieto, to improve research history. Centre for advanced steel a sizeable amount the healthcare of the future. research (CASR), which is part of UO, is of patient data is BusinessOulu’s Life Science Key especially focused on steel research in entered into various Accounts Director Heidi Tikanmäki cooperation with the Northern Finland dig ita l pat ient says that the OuluHealth ecosystem steel industry. data management is much more than just a platform for The Future Manufacturing Techno- systems. The key to successful and testing healthcare products and services. logies (FMT) research group of the high-quality care lies in integration The principal idea is to facilitate open University of Oulu is a part of the Kerttu between systems. OYS TestLab, one of collaboration and to accelerate innovation Saalasti Institute and also a part of the OuluHealth’s test environments, allows by bringing together various partners Centre for Advanced Steels Research system integration to be tested in a able to contribute to the needs of the (CASR). The group’s focus areas include genuine environment with systems such health care sector. multiple points in the manufacturing as Tieto’s Lifecare and Oulu University The ecosystem approach enables the process, from effective utilization of Hospital’s Esko system. combination of expertise from wireless advanced steel grades to cost-efficient OuluHealth ecosystem, part of Oulu information technologies and Life Science production automation and additive Innovation Alliance, is home to three to introduce smart ICT solutions for manufacturing. versatile test environments for testing delivering advanced, personalised, FMT group main office is located processing, material testing and additive the Nivala-Haapajärvi region NIHAK, with businesses, and the group´s yield both health technology and services with connected health service solutions. in Nivala and group is a part of the RDI manufacturing laboratories. ERDF The City of Nivala, and Industrial Park in an advantage to enterprises. Academic the help of professionals. The significant OuluHealth set a goal in 2012 to (Research-Development and Innovation) funding has been a significant role in Nivala are also considerable financiers. research and regional benefit are combined network of health technology companies “The future is in open architecture, and services with authentic users and generate 700 new jobs in health sector community of Nivala ELME Studio. financing infrastructure. FMT research group is specialized in the group’s actions. Annually, FMT are also part of OuluHealth. open interfaces and in selecting the best in modular environments. companies over five years. The target ELME Studio is a production studio The group is funded solely with in utilizing environments outside the cooperates with about 50 enterprises, OuluHealth ecosystem is inter- solution providers for different needs At OYS TestLab, Tieto Healthcare was met in just four years. Additionally, organized by Industrial Park of Nivala, project funding. The most important main campus area in scientific research. most of them are SME sized like Miilux nationally recognised for its ability to instead of opting for a single provider has participated in testing the integration in the Oulu region, export turnover for comprised of ELME Center and the metal financiers include European Union (ERDF), FMT represents the highest level of Oy, Randax Oy, NtCAB Oy, Champion produce innovative solutions to global for all of them”, Alaniska says. of several patient data management Life Science companies grew by 41% training factory of Nivala Vocational The Council of Oulu Region and Tekes. understanding within its own area of Door Oy, KoneStar Oy, Vuolux Oy and HT healthcare challenges. Patient data OYS TestLab, a test environment for systems, e.g. a testing version of OYS’s in five years and overall turnover was College of The Federation of Education Since 2004, FMT has released over 16 expertise in the University of Oulu and Laser Oy. There is also cooperation with management systems’ integration with specialised healthcare products embedded proprietary patient data system, Esko, 640 MEUR. Obviously, Oulu’s health in Jokilaaksot (JEDU). Nivala up-to- publicly-funded projects, and nearly as is an active member of the international large companies like SSAB, Outokumpu, one another will surely be a global at Oulu University Hospital (OYS), is one and Tieto’s Lifecare, with promising ecosystem is doing something right then. date RDI infrastructure includes unique many businesses commissioned research science community. The keystone of the Wärtsilä, Valmet and Nokia. challenge for healthcare, according to of OuluHealth’s test environments that results. OYS TestLab enables such testing fast steel heat treatment pilot line, laser projects. In the Oulu Southern area, FMT operation is the close cooperation Tieto Healthcare’s Kimmo Alaniska. allow the testing of healthcare products with actual hospital staff, who work with Pudasjärvi – the capital of log Ten years of Smart Specialization with PrintoCent P rintoCent provides a world trials. Application focus areas range class design, development and from rapid disposable diagnostics, PrintoCent manufacturing environment smart flexible lighting and wearables • Pilot scale for Printed Intelligence with to Internet-of-Things with sensors and manufacturing trials a special focus on Roll-to-Roll (R2R) energy harvesting. The multitude of WE CARE, DEVELOP AND REALIZE. • Factory planning and hybrid manufacturing and optical possibilities offer great opportunities and construction, measurements for quality assurance. to new products and to disrupt existing machinery selection THE POPULATION OF NORTHERN OSTROBOTHNIA is the PrintoCent creates novel components, value chains in all industries. youngest in Finland. We are the Province of Youth • Product technical products and solutions enabled by printed PrintoCent has wide global reach and we invest in knowledge to make a better future. design and device intelligence technologies and combine with its international member companies integration them with other rising technologies such and partners. In Oulu region more than ALONG WITH OUR EXCELLENCE in information technology, • Production as 3D printing and textile manufacturing. 300 experts are available in research our digital ecosystem has taken over the area, for ramp-up support In PrintoCent, companies get an and in industry. The funding to start- example, in applications for health and banking easy access to new business development up companies has exceeded 40 M€ and • Quality and services. We live in the heart of the highways of and pilot manufacturing resources for the turnover of companies in the field performance audits information, both in terms of data security and the introduction of printed intelligence is over 25 M€. intelligent transport systems. components, systems and products, T from pilot production to early market he town of Pudasjärvi is and people in Pudasjärvi had new techniques are developed WE ARE RESPONSIBLE for almost half of the Finnish located in the northern gained experience in building by people. As a material, solid wind power production and the plans multiply the Focus areas of the Oulu Region´s smart specialisation: part of Oulu region. The from log. Hence, they had the wood binds carbon dioxide about present. Investments for bioenergy are supported by ICT and software, industry (metal and sparsely populated town courage to build the first public twice its weight for centuries. the increasing growth of the forests. We are on our Population: 411 856 Private services: refinement of timber raw material), is sheltered by large pine forests, log building of its scale. After More energy is created by the road to genuine low-carbon economy. In the future, Population density: 11,2 per km2 Wholesale and retail trade, repair of cleantech, healthcare and wellness providing material from near-by that, it took only a short period side streams of log production steel is made without carbon emissions. As a material, motor vehicles and bicycles 15 545 jobs technology Total area 39 182 km2, to the local timber industry. In of time and the town decided than is used in the process. it will be light and more durable to meet the demands Administrative and support services from which: 10 010 jobs Key players in smart specialisation: this town of 8500 people, they that the primary choice for the Wood is renewable, durable and of heavy structures. The bridges will not collapse, FACTS OF Lakes / rivers 2 370 km2 Forest 25 316 km2 Number of enterprices: 21 005 University of Oulu, VTT, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, Oulu Innovation Alliance, have built something special, the world’s biggest public log construction material of new public buildings would be log recyclable, thus choosing log as a building material can be and the ships will travel safely in ice. For this, our companies and researchers are working together. OULU Cultivated area 2 374 km2 Main industries: Exports % relative for the rest of the country 8,1 % Natural Resources Institute Finland, OuluHealth buildings. The world’s biggest log- also in the future. The results are the world’s biggest school considered as a pro-climate act. The air inside the building has WELCOME TO THE NEW WINDS! REGION Metal industry 7221 M€ ICT 3008 M€ GDP per capita: 30 780 R&D expenditure as % of GDP Specific information from the region: Young population, high level of know-how in information technology, versatility of constructed kindergarten was opened in 2013. Modern log was campus, children’s day care centre and assisted living home a gentle scent of wood and pine needles. Wooden surfaces also Pauli Harju Construction 2995 M€ 5,2 %, the largest share in Finland the business sector, biggest wind power chosen as a material, because it for the elderly, all built from log. provide excellent acoustics in Region Mayor 6 producer in the country is proven healthy, pleasant and In log building, the nature the class rooms. 7 environmentally friendly material, provides the material and the
EAST & NORTH FINLAND: SMART SPECIALISATION NEWS KAINUU collaboration between research Photo: Critical Force Ltd. units and companies. If realized, the KaiCell Fibers’ biorefinery in Paltamo will produce chemical pulp, from which nearly a quarter will be used for further processing. KaiCell Fibers’ aim is to sell market pulp for the paper, tissue and cardboard industry, but the company is also looking Some Serious New Faces of into the future and developing ecological textile fiber Arbron™ as their downstream product. In Gaming Development! Wood Industry addition to the main products, G the company sells by-products ames are here to Gaming cluster has also been Smart Specialisation to partners who develop bio stay, and not only developed with Kavio Cluster Tuupala wooden school in Kuhmo. Photo: Martti Huusko | Huzza products at the Paltamo for recreation. The programme, taking gaming mill site in the upcoming purpose of gaming companies further for example W ood sector has The St1 bioethanol factory is BioFutureFactory™. products can as well be to by marketing, investment one example of cluster-based At Kantola Industrial Estate Choices of Kainuu always been a educate, to enhance business, meetings, boot camps and major factor in development, supported by the and Woodpolis in Kuhmo, or to increase people’s well-being. incubator programme. Kainuu Kainuu regional RIS3, where wood industry diverse group of woodworking If you already didn’t know it, the is nowadays also the home for economy, having gone through and companies from energy companies is serving the needs gaming ecosystem in the small Nordic eSports Academy summer a big makeover in the past sector (Kajaaniwood sawmill of construction industry and and remote region of Kainuu is school and tournament. KAMK Region 2018-2021 years. New technologies and and St1 etc.) are formulating the experts are promoting wood a vibrant and rapidly growing expertise with serious games, digitalisation allow new operating a new kind of a business industry entrepreneurship and sector, already recruiting skilled virtual reality and augmented models and new services and ecosystem, where also developing innovations in the labour force abroad but also reality applications is utilised products for the traditional research units have potential field of wood construction. At utilising experts provided by for regional RDI. industry. for RDI co-operation. The Kantola area, production, RDI, a local educational institution! There are several gaming Renforsin Ranta Business production is based on local education and innovation go Kajaani University of Applied studios in Kajaani growing with Park in Kajaani, where the side-flow materials, supporting hand in hand. The advantages Sciences has been offering Game speed. For example, Critical Force Vuokatti – The most versatile holiday destination all year around. Photo: Summer Scenery | Vuokatti Photobank UPM paper mill used to be circular economy and creating of using timber in construction Development studies for years. has partnered with South Korean located before the decision added value to the region are recognised more and more First in Europe, KAMK offers also video game development and The Kainuu region has a population of some 75,000 the fun of being together, playing sports TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY INNOVATIONS: to shut it down in 2008, by localisation and energy and many bigger construction a chance to study a Bachelor’s publishing conglomerate NHN and wanting to experience unforgettable 1. Measurement technology today hosts a variety of efficient transportation. projects, such as the new Degree in eSports Business. Entertainment and plans to boost people living in an area almost comparable to the size experiences. companies, some of those Also a new professorship hospital in Kajaani by Kainua Students can easily start working their growth even further with 2. Games & simulators of Belgium. With its landscape dominated by hills and The abundance of natural resources 3. Metal industry innovations in growth industries like and research group related alliance, have a high utilisation and testing their ideas during the eSports scene. Another strong and the pure nature of Kainuu create an forest bioeconomy and to modern bio refining has of wood material these days. the studies in Kajak Games growth and export company in forests, extensive nature reserves, abundant lakes and excellent framework for business growth. data centre ecosystems. been established to Oulu The main material of brand Cooperative. To take the ideas the region is CSE Entertainment, rivers and a wide range of opportunities for culture and Kainuu has a high level of know-how BIO ECONOMY & MINING INNOVATIONS: Remarkable investments are University, located in new Tuupala wooden school into the next level, Northern Game focusing on world class virtual in the fields of ICT, metal industry, bio- 1. Process and environmental made related to mechanical unit of Kajaani University in Kuhmo is Cross Laminated Summit has been organised since reality and interactive products sports make Kainuu an attractive place of residence economy, tourism, well-being, physical wood processing, and the Consortium, to support the Timber (CLT). 2012 to connect with investors and exergaming, with a goal monitoring of industry and a tourist destination. exercise and top-level sport, but also in forest bioeconomy business positive development. RDI and publishers and to exchange to develop the best exergaming N 2. Forest & blue bio economy & food the fields of gaming, eSport, data centres ecosystem is developed. activities are implemented in ideas on the game development. products in the world. otable travel areas in Portti in Suomussalmi are remarkable and education developing for example Kainuu are Kajaani with destinations for visitors interested in applications of virtual and augmented HEALTH & WELBEING INNOVATIONS its rich cultural life, and the military history. reality (VR and AR). 1. Activity tourism the outdoor and sports The Friendship Nature Reserve By developing smart specialisation activity areas of Vuokatti is the first set of twin parks operating the Kainuu region aims at bringing 2. Health, physical training and sports State of the Art and Paljakka-Ukkohalla. across the Finnish-Russian border and investments, technology, enterprises Lake Oulujärvi offers many possibilities for boating and sailing. The Manamansalo providing nature adventures and hiking opportunities. On the Russian side of the and know-how (especially companies and labour with high level of know- CROSS-CUTTING THEMES ON ALL RIS3 PRIORITIES Sports Cluster region in Oulujärvi has a five-star camping border, the Friendship Nature Reserve how) to the region and adding value These cross cutting themes are pursued V site, recreational fishing and hiking areas. includes Kostomuksha Strict Nature and volume to exports. The approach of throughout all the chosen fields: uokatti area in Sotkamo Kainuu is one of the snowiest Reserve, and on the Finnish side the Kainuu Smart Specialisation strategy is a hotspot for sports DURING THE LAST TEN YEARS, industrial transition 1. Developing Key Enabling regions in Finland. The Wild Taiga areas Friendship Park that comprises five emphasizes high level of know-how, as know-how in Kainuu. has swept Kainuu. As traditional business fields Suomussalmi and Kuhmo with their separate areas located in the city of Kuhmo well as research and innovations and Technologies (KETs) Sotkamo Sports High have given way to new and innovative ones, Kainuu nature, culture and wild animals are and the municipality of Suomussalmi. the supporting educational activities. 2. Utilisation of robotics, automation, School together with Vuokatti- region has been able to turn the structural change excellent travel destinations for wildlife Kuhmo Chamber Music, found in The spearhead fields are developed data centres, data analysis, artificial Ruka Sports Academy offers an to a positive trend. The unemployment rate has enthusiasts. Various entrepreneurs in 1970, is a world class chamber music as an entity covering everything from the intelligence & virtual reality Photo: Akke Virtanen excellent possibility to combine lately fallen more quickly than in any other parts the area offer unique experiences in the wild, for example bear watching and photography trips. festival held every July for two weeks in Kuhmo. Kuhmo Chamber Music also offers music courses, chamber music basic know-how needed to excellence and the infrastructure related to activities. The key players of the different fields 3. New solutions and applications of circular economy Real Measures sports and studying, providing young athletes with good skills in both education and life. University of Finland. The added value, turnover and amount of employees of Kainuu businesses have developed in a positive way. National park Hossa was established workshops and master classes taught support each other well in implementation 4. Innovations in resource efficiency, of Jyväskylä, Faculty of Sport decarbonisation and climate change The key player of measurement technology in Kainuu, in 2017 in celebration of the 100th by the festival artists. of Kainuu RIS3 in Quadruple Helix and Health Sciences in Vuokatti THERE ARE SEVERAL significant opportunities for anniversary of Finland’s independence. Municipality of Hyrynsalmi is cooperation (Business, Research & mitigation & adaptation CEMIS (Centre for Measurement and Information offers further education focusing growth and export in Kainuu. Several of those are Hossa is an intriguing mixture of famous for the Swamp Soccer World Education, Public administration, Civil Systems), specialises in research and training in the field on sports technology. in the field of mining: Sotkamo Silver, Terrafame’s wilderness and culture that reflects Championships organized since 1998. Society/Users). of measurement and information systems. The Olympic Training production of battery grade chemicals and recovery a borderland’s mindset. The Winter Swamp Soccer is suitable for all who enjoy Centre offers top training all of natural uranium as well as the expansion plans War Museum in Kuhmo and Raatteen year round and Vuokatti Sport of Mondo Minerals production. The future of forest T heir focus is to develop universities of applied sciences. Resort offers quality services for bio economy looks bright in the light of Kuhmo CLT measurement a nd Their services include research active holiday makers, redefining and wood element factories’ production amounts, information system and development services, an active holiday. as well as the KaiCell Fibers biorefinery planned Population: 73959 inhabitants Number of incoming GDP: 27160 eur per inhabitant (2016) competence in nationally analysis and testing services, This entity in Vuokatti is to Paltamo. The growth potential for international Population density: 4 inhabitants tourists: 249 795 per km2 Number of overnights: The happiest people of Finland live significant application areas device development services as recognised also on international tourism is undeniable and foreign investments 744 367 in Kainuu: over 52% of the inhabitants feel such as the bio economy, the well as business development level. The latest news are that are realising. As we speak, the Kainuu gaming Total area: 22688 km2, of which: themselves happy, which is more than the mining industry, sports and well- services. Vuokatti Sport and Sports companies are heading abroad with force. FACTS OF Lakes and rivers cover 11% of the total surface Number of summer cottages: 12 670 average rate in Finland. being, and game and simulator CEMIS as an organisation Ministry of the People’s Republic KAINUU Forest cover 72% of the total surfare, 81% of the land area Number of enterprises: 4109 Amount of renewable energy of the total energy consumption is 65 %. technology. CEMIS offers a wide array of is a contract-based joint centre of the Universities of Oulu and of China have signed a major 1+3 year contract on permanently KAINUU PROVIDES an outstanding environment for living, working life and businesses! REGION Most important industries: Bio economy, Tourism, Technology Technology industry covers more than 50 % of the total export in The national epic Kalevala was created in Kainuu. services to research institutions, as well as companies, and carries out research and development Jyväskylä, Kajaani University of Applied Sciences, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. bringing up to 150 Chinese winter sports athletes to Vuokatti to practice. Pentti Malinen Region Mayor industry, Mining the region. 8 projects with companies, and CSC - IT Centre for Science 9 universities, research centres and Ltd.
EAST & NORTH FINLAND: SMART SPECIALISATION NEWS CENTRAL OSTROBOTHNIA Production of novel battery chemicals and precursors for industrial use as a part of lithium value chain K ok kola Industr ia l IN THE 21ST CENTURY, Central Ostrobothnia has been Park (KIP) includes successfully compared to other regions in Finland. the largest cluster of The versatile, export-oriented economic structure inorganic chemistry has increased employment and unemployment Collaboration in the Nordic countries. In KIP has remained below the national average. area several different metals and chemicals are already THE LARGE-SCALE INDUSTRY operating on the coast being prepared by utilizing of Kokkola, has invested in new prosesses and production lines in recent years. Kokkola port is power hydrometallurgical unit processes, such as dissolution of metal is the third largest general port in Finland and ore concentrates, purification the number one port for the minerals industry. of solutions and chemical It is also a significant operator in the Russian precipitation. Management of transit traffic. these core processes enables the production and upgrading CENTRAL OSTROBOTHNIA can be called a Biovalley The collaboration at Biovalley benefits of current high-tech chemicals in the area. The research aims at region which means the area has strong industrial profile combined with vital primary production in agriculture and forestry. Biovalley activities the entire Central Ostrobothnian region producing new information on include chemistry and bioeconomy research, the preparation and thermal education and business hub. stability of lithium ion battery chemicals (electrode materials). THE SIGNIFICANCE of Central Ostrobothnia is a Novel Li-ion battery chemicals greater than its size. The Central Ostrobohnian B tailored for full-scale industrial expertice is always held in high regard when iovalley is an expertise hub the region. Top-level research conditions looking for within Biovalley, whereas the Both Ylä-Kero and Heikkinen highlight production are developed. First challenging changes are on the horizon. that combines the know- are a key factor in bringing about mining company Keliber further developed the interrelationship between the parties aim is in the chemical processing how of several industries internationally competitive research their lithium carbonate production process involved within Biovalley. When know- methods (high-temperature Jyrki Kaiponen found in the area: chemical and product development activities in and examined various possibilities for its how isn’t kept from others, but instead processes, hydrometallurgical Regional Mayor industry, the bioeconomy, Central Ostrobothnia,” says Kokkola productization. From the perspective of shared between disciplines, it improves processes) with high yields and and the mineral economy. Industrial Park Environmental Manager the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), the entire region. purity of Li-ion battery chemicals. The new collaboration within Biovalley Virve Heikkinen. the broader research and know-how In addition to innovations and Dissolution as well as chemical contributes to the development of research, Current trends in sustainable available within Biovalley can be used to collaboration, Biovalley also provides precipitation are significant unit economies, innovations, and education. development and the circular economy find new uses for bioeconomy products the concrete benefit of creating new processes in hydrometallurgy and metal based chemicals. Thus treated thermally in a CVD Biovalley has taken major strides since its create completely new kinds of markets that have yet to define a clear purpose, companies and jobs for the region. industry. Industrial chemical it is essential to understand oven. The battery cells prepared inception, and from autumn 2017 onwards, and demand that the region is now better and thereby support the development of “The Agribusiness training in precipitation processes are the phenomena of chemical from the synthetized chemicals CENTRAL the hub will continue on a contractual basis, with 23 organisations involved. able to engage in them. It is therefore no wonder that the companies in the the circular economy. The collaboration helps all parties involved to gain visibility Biovalley is one example where new business opportunities can emerge from used for the preparation of new chemicals, for the purification of precipitation, the factors affecting dissolution and precipitation will be tested in the battery testing laboratory. The research OSTROBOTHNIA “ Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius collaboration are more than happy to as well as contributing to society by time to time. Biovalley helps in finding aims not only to increase – BIOVALLEY REGION is acting as the coordinator for the project. “The cooperation agreement be involved. As an example, the Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest providing increasingly useful research results that can be utilised in decision- funding for ideas and in the building of new businesses. Combining know-how The research will strengthen the competence of the participating universities and contributes to the vitality of the region. We Owners found the necessary bioeconomy making and resource allocation. within the region accelerates processes the smart spesialization the international networking, Chemistry and bioeconomy research, can be proud, since a similar approach and chemistry talent and skills they were and makes finding necessary contacts but may also enhance the cannot be found anywhere else,” says easier,” says Ylä-Kero. of the area.” business opportunities of education and business hub. Biovalley Coordinator Tiina Ylä-Kero Although Biovalley has achieved the participating industrial WWW.BIOVALLEY.FI from Kokkola University Consortium significant results, there is still a lot for water and wastewater, and for the processes, and the interactions companies. Furthermore, Chydenius. room for growth. In the future, Biovalley treatment of process solutions thereof. the research will strengthen Contact person: Tiina Ylä-Kero, In addition to the University is aiming towards global research and e.g. by removal of impurities. Laboratory-scale research the smart spesialization of Biovalley cordinator Kokkola Consortium, the project enjoys the major larger scale collaboration projects. The knowledge of dissolution and development environment the area since there are no University Consortium Chydenius involvement of the Kokkola Industrial “Our goal is to be on the cutting and precipitation is needed is used prior to the pilot-scale corresponding research and Park (KIP), the most important chemical edge in all three fields and to create e.g. to face the new challenges Chemplant reactors. The learning infrastructures in any University of Jyväskylä cluster in Northern Europe. The Industrial even more companies, jobs and exports of circular economy, such as chemicals prepared in the other university in Finland. University of Oulu Park is interested in how Biovalley can within the region. We are aiming for recovery and recycling of metals laboratory will subsequently University of Vaasa create new enterprises and business internationalisation and to establish Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius opportunities in addition to support our reputation as pioneers,” Ylä-Kero Centria University of Applied Sciences existing companies in the KIP area. says, outlining the future course for Geological Survey of Finland “Biovalley takes an already strong Biovalley. Natural Resources Institute Finland industrial know-how and combines it Federation of Education in Central into an entity that provides an excellent Article was originally published Ostrobothnia framework for industry that is geared in Coastline 2018 – 2019 magazine. Kokkola Industrial Park association to new innovations. A battery research KOSEK, Kokkolanseudun Kehitys Ltd “Biovalley has succeeded in creating fluent communication between the research field and the laboratory located in Kokkola is a good business world,” say Virve Heikkinen and Tiina Ylä-Kero. Photo: Jan Sandvik. Regional Council of Central Ostrobothnia example of the development progress in The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) Suomen Turkiseläinten Kasvattajain Liitto ry Population of Central 9% of the population Export comprises 68% Finnish Forest Centre Ostrobothnia is 69 000 is swedish speaking of the value of the GDP ProAgria Central Ostrobothnia Pirityiset ry FACTS OF Total area: 5706 km2 Strong in inorganic chemistry The total budget Town of Kokkola industry, agriculture and of Biovalley related CENTRAL Largest population entrepreneurship RDI projects is Town of Kannus Kaustinen sub-region OSTROBOTHNIA cluster is Kokkola 47 720 80% increase in GDP 40 million euros Perho region Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce per capita during the The Federation of Finnish Enterprises 21st century 10 11
EAST & NORTH FINLAND: SMART SPECIALISATION NEWS POHJOIS-SAVO World class Kuopio machine manufacturing Water Alliance in Pohjois-Savo Machine and equipment manufacturers from northern parts of Pohjois-Savo develop their products and services based on the needs of their clients. Local trust in companies, competitive R&D environments and competitive development funding enable successful growth for enterprises. P ohjois-Savo supports both wanted to grow to become mentors and sparring partners. the world’s leading the leaders of their industries. Today, small and medium- K ecosystem for the The companies chose network sized enterprises develop their uopio Science Park is In recent years, the network has manufacturing of forest cooperation as one of their operations alongside their one of Finland’s most also sparked start-ups for the and mining machinery. The strategies to ensure growth. peers. R&D environments of comprehensive water water field. The network includes Smartly in annual export value for these Normet started cooperation public organizations have also expertise centers. It a university, a polytechnic and companies is close to a billion with their subcontractors by participated in the development brings together multidisciplinary two sector research institutes. euros. The growth has been launching a development project projects, offering equipment expertise in product development New, implementation models for fueled by broad-minded and with the aim of improving their and expertise that answer the and practice testing for technical supporting product development Pohjois-Savo active cooperation in development. network’s cost efficiency. At the needs of the companies with applications related to water and start-ups are constantly Machine manufacturers Normet same time they outsourced some flexibility. All parties benefit from purification and monitoring, being developed. The experts and Ponsse have both played a of their functions. cooperative development and the water chemistry and microbiology, collaborate actively also with significant role in this. Ponsse wanted their improvement in competitiveness. knowledge on the special fea- na-tional and international The roots of Normet lie subcontractors close to their tures of mining and groundwater networks. in the Itikka farm in Iisalmi, production facilities, so a village of Ponsse produces forest machines as well as on risk management. Water is one of the topics for Photo: Ponsse, Vieremä where Jaakko and Jussi Sarvela their partner enterprises formed for the cut-to-length method. Collaboration with industry smart specialization in Pohjois- developed accessories for tractors around them, which employs and SMEs from different parts Savo. EU Structural Funds has T in the 1960’s. The story of Ponsse today over 250 people. The Normet provides advanced of Finland is an essential part made it possible to create an he regional economy of Pohjois- in fish processing. The region has a began in the 1970’s when Einari world’s leading companies, both solutions for selected customer of RDI-activites. The network’s exceptionally versatile set of Photo: Serravicente, Kuopion kaupunki Savo relies on machine high level of nutrition and food safety Vidgren built a forest machine internationally and domestically, processes in underground mining special strength is the ability equipment for the water area. and energy technology, expertise thanks to a strong farming of his own to increase working serve as clients for these partner and tunneling. Both companies to carry out challenging pilot- It will enable a long-term devel- wood processing and the tradition and high quality food products. efficiency. enterprises. are one of the world’s leading scale test runs and product opment of applied research and food industry. Investments Newly increasing areas of business By the beginning of the Normet and Ponsse have manufacturers in their fields. development testing in concrete product development in Kuopio are made to ensure renewal include wellbeing technology, water 21st century, Normet and Ponsse been involved in multiple industrial sites. Pilots have also Science Park. of the industries and the expertise and processing and biorefinery. We’re were both highly respected development projects, first www.ponsse.com/fi been conducted abroad in co- availability of an able workforce. taking strong steps to further boost internationally in their fields, but heading them and later on as www.normet.com operation with local partners. Plenty of top-notch international their development. companies in the technology industry are In the development of the wellbeing/ present in the region. These businesses account for 40% of Pohjois-Savo’s export health sector, the emphasis is on the use of technological opportunities, but there Finland’s first European Region activities and 20 % of its employees. are great efforts being made to promote Success stories from Pohjois-Savo in the machine and metal industry include forest new service and business models as well. Kuopio Science Park is one of of Gastronomy 2020 machinery (Ponsse), mining machinery Finland’s most comprehensive water nationally and internationally. (Normet), speciality vehicles (Profile expertise centres. SATOA Kuopio Food Festival has Vehicles), hydraulic pile driving machines The development of the biorefinery been a food tourism product and hydraulic cylinders (Junttan, industry benefits from our region’s since 2016. The food event is Hydroline). existing expertise, namely in pharmacy, based in downtown Kuopio and THE FINNISH LANGUAGE has a saying that roughly Mechanical wood processing is a medical science, pharma development, it immediately found its way to corresponds to the English “come hell or high strong part of our economy thanks to nutritional science, biochemistry, physics people’s hearts. Nowadays, it water”: mennä syteen tai saveen. It means that companies offering sawmill and wood and bioinformatics. attracts up to 20,000 visitors you have to try even if there is a chance of failing. products, as well as pulp- and paper Tourism is promoted in collaboration to sample local food creations. The proverb alludes to coincidences, risk-taking mills. Various global leaders (Keitele with other eastern Finland regions in Regional food and food tourism and, above all, courage. Group, Lunawood, Stora Enso) operate the Lakeland network, where Finland’s interest consumers, which in turn in our county. largest lake Saimaa area is marketed promotes the food, travel and THE PROVERB INCLUDES the Finnish word savi, Pohjois-Savo is one of Finland’s strongest to international visitors. culture sector businesses in the which means clay in English. As it happens, one regions in milk production and milk nearby regions. Different events of Europe’s most potential innovation hubs is know-how. It’s also an important berry highlight local gastronomical called Savilahti, “Clay Bay”. It is located in the production area, as well as a leading skills and the clean raw materials main city of the Pohjois-Savo region: Kuopio. location in the beverage industry and produced in the region. The successful concept of CURRENTLY, Savilahti is Finland’s most ambitious T he Kuopio region was Events in the Kuopio region have the SATOA Food Festival will be urban development object. The objective is to turn awarded the European started to invest in food tourism replicated internationally and it into Europe’s most interesting learning and Region of Gastronomy during the past few years. Food the event has been chosen as innovation environment by 2030. Savilahti will be (ERG) status for 2020. festivals highlight local expertise one of Finland’s top food tourism constructed into a pleasant and modern district The first ERG recognition and their genuine local image products. of about 35,000 residents, workers and students. Population: 250 000 received in Finland brings with increases the appreciation for the The investments in the Savilahti region have been Total area: 20367 km2 Ten national research and other 26 % of total berry it international visibility for the agriculture that produces clean The independent ICGAT network of calculated to rise up to EUR 1.5 billion by 2030. institutes, eg. Natural Resources production in Finland Kuopio region as well as an raw materials for the region. European regions and researchers Largest city: Kuopio 118 000 Institute Finland, Geological influx of tourism, events and The ERG title creates a is behind ERG. ICGAT promotes ACCORDING TO STATISTICS, Finland is world’s fourth FACTS OF Main industry sectors: machine Survey of Finland and Finnish Food Safety Authority. 12 % of total Finnish export of mechanical increased activities for food companies. basis for developing Pohjois- Savo as a food region even collaboration between food culture, tourism, art and urban culture. most innovative country. Perhaps we will some day rise past Switzerland, the United States and POHJOIS-SAVO and energy technology, wood processing and food production. Growth of export of wood processing Israel with Pohjois-Savo’s courage and clay. University, applied university of manufacturing industry European Region Marko Korhonen science, two vocational colleges in 2006-2017: +24 % of Gastronomy 2020 Region Mayor 12 and emergency services college. 13
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