Business Joensuu Oy’s Board of Directors made a decision on 25 May 2021 to establish a new company called Photonics Center Oy. The Photonics Center service package will be a key element in implementing the Joensuu Region's business strategy. It will strongly support the creation of businesses and jobs in the growing photonics sector and attracting new businesses to the Joensuu region. The Photonics Center service package is made possible by strong research and educational competence and international networks. The service package has been built in a large cooperation project which is now moving on to the next phase.

Photonics Center in Joensuu will help companies shorten research and product development
time and bring products to the market faster. Photonics Center is a unique centre of expertise
and service in the photonics industry, even on a global scale. Companies and other actors in
the industry will receive services including expert advice and training, shared access to
equipment and services, and diverse facilities. Photonics Center will focus on equipment
services such as a unique service in Finland that offers active alignment, assembly and testing
of camera modules and LIDAR systems, which also enables experimental production. The
equipment offering will be gradually expanded. The service offering will be supported by the
research environments and expertise of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), the Karelia
University of Applied Sciences and Riveria, a vocational education and training (VET) provider.

The premises will be phased in and located on the Joensuu campus of the University of Eastern
Finland, next to the Institute of Photonics. The premises are owned by University Properties of
Finland Ltd, which is a partner of Photonics Center. Photonics Center will also offer a path to
other production facilities in the Joensuu region, enabling large-scale production for
international markets.

– Founding Photonics Center Oy is one concrete step towards the Joensuu region’s common
vision to create 1,000 jobs and generate a turnover of EUR 200 million in the photonics
industry. Cooperation between the region’s actors in building Photonics Center has been
very fruitful and has now made it possible to move to the next phase, says Harri Palviainen,
Managing Director of Business Joensuu Oy.

Photonics Center Oy will be a company that will market, sell and operate the centre’s service
package and will also develop the photonics ecosystem activities in a goal-oriented manner.
The company will be a 100 per cent owned subsidiary of Business Joensuu. The partners and
service providers of Photonics Center will be the University of Eastern Finland, the Karelia
University of Applied Sciences and Riveria. There will also be extensive cooperation with
international RDI organisations and companies. To support the centre’s activities, the Photonics
Center Co-Operation Forum will be launched, involving stakeholders from the region and
around the world.

The Joensuu Photonics Center (JPC) project has been funded by the Regional Council of North
Karelia. At national level, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment will also take part in
the further development of the service package through an ecosystem agreement signed with
the City of Joensuu.

The Joensuu region has been profiled as an international forerunner of photonics-related
research, product development and commercialisation. The City of Joensuu has made
photonics one of its four key industries. In Finland, the industry’s turnover is EUR 1.2 billion and
the average annual growth 12%. In Europe, the sector has a turnover of EUR 69 billion and
employs 300,000 professionals. Especially optics, optical components and imaging have been
identified as growth areas. Photonic technologies are utilised, for example, in industrial
automation, lighting, and information and communication solutions.

Additional information:

Harri Palviainen, CEO, Business Joensuu Oy, harri.palviainen@businessjoensuu.fi, +358 500
967 744

Pauliina Pikkujämsä, Service Director, Invest In and relocation services, Business Joensuu Oy,
pauliina.pikkujamsa@businessjoensuu.fi, +358 40 743 4362

Picture: visio picture, Aihio Arkkitehdit