There are three mines in operation in the Joensuu region in North Karelia. Boliden metals company produces copper, nickel, cobalt and gold. Endomines gold mine is located in Ilomantsi. Located in Outokumpu, Mondo Minerals produces talc and nickel. In addition, various new projects of mineral prospecting and development are taking place in the region.

Businesses in North Karelia know how to productise and refine other stone materials, too. Tulikivi and Nunnauuni are well-known producers of fireplaces and stoves, and half of their products are exported internationally. In addition, there are smaller stone companies in the area, such as Ilomantsin Kivituote which mines and refines black diabase for gravestones and kitchen surfaces in Ilomantsi.

Outokumpu is home to the mineral laboratory and test factory of internationally well-known Geological Survey of Finland GTK. FinnCobalt is also located in Outokumpu. As part of the Finnish battery cluster, its objective is to produce battery chemicals for, for instance, the electric car industry.

Opportunities in minerals and training

The European Union is aiming to become more self-sufficient in minerals in the near future. As the North Karelian bedrock contains a lot of untapped mineral potential, it provides a good starting point for mining development in the region.

Business Joensuu is involved in the largest European network of mining cooperation. The network is formed by partners of the REMIX and MIREU projects from sixteen different countries. Business Joensuu leads the European Industrial Modernization platform – Mining industry and global value chains expert network resulting from the cooperation.

Joensuu region also offers education in mining. Riveria trains mining operators for the entire underground work in mining. The training takes place in a genuine mining environment in Outokumpu with Riveria’s mining machinery and equipment.

Do you want to find out about the opportunities Joensuu can offer your company? Do not hesitate to contact us!