EAST & NORTH FINLAND Smart Specialisation News . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto

EAST & NORTH FINLAND Smart Specialisation News . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto
     Smart Specialisation News ................. 2018





                                  OULU REGION

                               CENTRAL           KAINUU
                                                      NORTH KARELIA


                                                     SOUTH SAVO



EAST & NORTH FINLAND Smart Specialisation News . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto

                                            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

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
                                                                                     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:
                                            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
                                            · 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
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EAST & NORTH FINLAND Smart Specialisation News . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Arctic Smartness – Implementing                                                                                                                                                      Learn more about

                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Smart Specialisation in Lapland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Arctic Smartness:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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


   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



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


                                                       Be active to make a difference!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and strive to be international. Ecosystem based

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         models for business life in Lapland and they

Päivi Ekdahl from the Regional Council of         are the sustainable utilisation of natural   generation of European mining regions                                                                      Educational solutions

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     development                                  Renewing regional

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of Lapland

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


                                                                                                                                                                                                 growth and internationalisation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Vision 2030                                  the economical growth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         funding opportunities.

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
                                                                                                                                               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.

                                                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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                                                                                                      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

          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
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,

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 . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto

  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,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

                                                                                                                                                     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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 %.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto

  OSTROBOTHNIA                                                                                                                                                                                      Production of novel battery chemicals
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and precursors for industrial use as a part
                                                                                                                                                                                                    of lithium value chain

                                                                                                                                                                                                               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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

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
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
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
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EAST & NORTH FINLAND Smart Specialisation News . 2018 - LAPLAND OULU REGION - Pohjois-Savon liitto

                                                                                                                                                                             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.

                                                                                                                                                                                       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-

                                                                                                                                                                                       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

                                                                                                                                                                             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

                                                                                                                                                                             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

                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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
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