In addition to international companies operating in the Joensuu region, such as John Deere Forestry, Abloy and Phillips-Medisize, there is a significant network of system suppliers and subcontractors in the region. This network, originally created to support export companies, operates in a versatile manner, from product and equipment design through various work stages (including sheet metal work, edge-cutting, welding, machining, surface treatment) to an assembled and tested final product.
The region also has a unique cluster of plastic manufacturing companies. The companies manufacture highly developed health care products as well as composite products and injection moulds. The plastic industry is growing rapidly in the Joensuu region, and expertise can be found from design to the manufacture of moulds and final products. Learn more about the plastic manufacturing companies in the Joensuu region on the Business Joensuu website hyvämuovi.fi.
Get the top talent for your business
The top education in the metal and plastic sector in the Joensuu region include chemistry, mechanical engineering, process management and the electrical and automation sector. The region also has strong expertise in research and product development in renewable energy and precision technology. Every year, approximately 150 specialists of these sectors graduate from the University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences and Rivera vocational school.
The metal and plastic industry is growing and developing rapidly. The 250 companies in the region already employ more than 5,000 people, and their total annual turnover is more than EUR 1 billion.
In addition, the industry in the region makes versatile use of the opportunities offered by digitalisation and the region’s strong photonics expertise. Many companies in the sector are closely connected to the forest bioeconomy products in the region.
Education that meets the industry needs is readily available at all levels. Business Joensuu’s networks also make it easy and fast to hire experts from outside Finland. Interested? Contact us
Great location offers synergies
With good traffic connections, the industrial park GreenPark is a new type of business park designed specifically for the needs of wood and metal industry and cleantech companies. GreenPark offers excellent opportunities for B2B collaboration, bringing your company real competitive advantage and cost savings in optimising material and energy flows.
Papinkangas is a growing hub of commerce and industry in Joensuu. If necessary, the plots in the area can be modified to suit your company’s needs. The area is suitable for businesses that require a lot of space, and also large, customised plots are available in the area.
Biotie area is a new industrial area in Iiksenvaara. It is located next to the existing cluster of circular economy and energy production companies. The region offers a first-class operating environment for energy-intensive production and operations that require large volumes of transport.
Marjala business plots are located between the motorway, the Marjala junction and the Marjalantie road. The plots are only a 5-minute drive away from the airport. Marjala has suitable business plots for both commercial and industrial use. The streets are finished and the plots in the area are already connected to the utilities.
Industrial and international companies operating in the region include:
- World’s largest forest machine factory John Deere Forestry Oy
- Forerunner in locking and access control systems Abloy Oy
- International contract manufacturer and R&D partner for a wide range of industries Ouneva Group
- Pioneer of mechanised timber harvesting Waratah OM Oy
- Sheet metal manufacturer Hanza Levyprofiili Oy
- Specialist in materials handling Kesla Oyj
Plastics sector is a growing and developing employer
The top international plastic manufacturing companies operating in Joensuu include:
- Manufacturer of health care and health technology products Phillips-Medisize (Medisize Oy)
- Manufacturer of medical and laboratory instruments and supplies Thermo Fisher Scientific Oy
- Manufacturer of composite profiles and tubes Exel Composites Oyj
- Manufacturer of baling net wrap and baler twines for agriculture Piippo Oyj
- Scandinavia’s largest manufacturer of injection moulds Muottituote Group Oy
Joensuu is a very entrepreneurial city. We have always received all the necessary support from the city and regional public actors, reliably and quickly. Joensuu is geographically in the centre of our company’s most important markets: Russia, the Nordic countries and Europe.
– Janne Haapasalo, Tehtaanjohtaja, John Deere Forestry
Kesla is a forest technology company based in Eastern Finland. The globally recognised forest expertise of Joensuu and our engaged staff create good conditions for the development and growth of our business.
– Simo Saastamoinen, toimitusjohtaja, Kesla Oyj