Growth in the industry requires an increased capacity and development of the wood processing logistics and robotics. By developing measuring technologies and information network-based services, operations such as forest evaluation, marketing and the analytics of wood materials and products can be enhanced. In product innovation, chemical and mechanical wood processing as well as other related activities create a basis for wood-based biorefinery, other new products and a new circular economy.
In developing the industry, customer-oriented service and project skills in developing construction and production are key. Automation is also a growing trend in the wood processing industry. The circular and bio economies create business opportunities for both wood-based and other materials.
Wood as a material creates additional value in large-scale construction projects. This requires that wood construction networks be developed. We need planning skills in wood construction, digital planning and project management, wood product development, combining different building materials and managing the lifecycle costs of wood construction projects. The aim is to increase the use of wood as a building material in public development projects, in implementing new areas of construction and in supplementary construction projects.
Structural Funds support for forestry sector training in Eastern Finland (Structural Funds newsletter for Eastern Finland 1/2017)
Finnpulp is currently planning a world-scale modern softwood pulp mill in Kuopio. This future mill will be the biggest pulp mill in the world and will produce pulp, bioelectricity and biochemical such as tall oil and turpentine.
Keitele Forest Oy is one of Finland’s largest mechanical wood processing companies. It produces timber and also further processed and customer-tailored products.
Located in Iisalmi, Oy Lunawood Ltd is an innovative pioneer in the thermal modification of wood, as well as a growth oriented global ThermoWood® market leader. The environmentally friendly, patented ThermoWood® modification process of wood improves its properties, making it more durable and stable. The wide range of products is suitable for garden, interior, façade and industry construction.
Lunawood Ltd has a subsidiary Lunacomp Ltd which manufactures Thermowood® composite sold under the brand name LunaComp Deck. This innovative composite material contains ThermoWood® fibres, a by-product of ThermoWood® production, and high quality plastic polymers. It has excellent weather durability, and does not absorb water.
Stora Enso is a renewable materials company that is focusing on developing innovative new wood-based solutions. In Varkaus, a new paper machine producing kraftliner for packaging is starting up. In the first half of 2016, Varkaus mill will also start producing LVL products, which will be used in building houses even multi-storey residential buildings. In addition, Varkaus mill produces and sells unbleached long fiber pulp, tall oil and turpentine as well as recycled aluminum.
Green Fuel Nordic is planning to build a bio-oil biorefinery to Iisalmi. The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) is essential in discovering suitable uses for the molecular products of bio processing.