Joensuu has a strong and internationally renowned reputation in forestry. Our city is often called the forest capital of Finland, and not without reason!

Joensuu region forms one of the most important concentrations of forestry research and education organisations in Europe. The area is home to over 600 forestry experts and over 500 forestry companies.

The biggest forest machine factory is located in Joensuu, and Eastern Finland is home to the world’s leading business cluster in forest machine production. The region has a varied industry related to forest bioeconomy, wood processing and forestry. Many companies are global market leaders in their own field, or important pioneers in technology.

The only cluster of forestry training covering all levels of education is located in the region. The region offers very international education in the sector.

The centre of expertise attracts people

Among the forest bioeconomy successes, we need companies where competence, research and cooperation are transformed into revenue and employment. Sustainable, smart and creatively renewable green growth is attractive, as Joensuu region modernises the value chains of forest biomass, decentralises the production of clean energy, brings bioeconomy into the digital era and innovates new service business for forest bioeconomy, for instance, with the help of photonics.

Companies have already done a lot. For example, Fortum built the world’s first commercial-scale production plant for pyrolysis oil in Joensuu. Forest technology companies – from small and innovative ones to the world’s leading forest machine manufacturer John Deere Forestry Ltd – have scooped success from the forestry capital’s volume of competence. The strategy and future of Enocell‘s cellulose plant was revamped. The company substituted fuel oil with bioenergy and commenced to produce dissolving pulp from birch trees for the textile industry.

Interested? Contact us to find out more about the opportunities available to your company in the region.