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Future Industrial Park

The future industrial park aims at a functional infrastructure, where companies aiming at a low carbon footprint, the availability of recyclable materials, skillful employees, education and a network of specialists that serve the needs of the industry, various support services of the companies, good traffic connections and functional facilities create vitality and competitiveness.

The project will survey the demands on an industrial operational environment, taking into consideration environmental effects, low carbon content, and sustainable development. In addition, the synergy benefits of an industrial ecosystem will be looked at, especially from the point of view of carbon neutrality, and a model for resource effective utilization of energy and material flows will be developed. Initial plans will be worked into a process, where the different functional aspects will be paid attention to in terms of environmental sustainability, economy and realization.

The project will create a concept for a resource effective and environmentally friendly industrial ecosystem which will facilitate new business activities, create jobs, and increase the vitality of the region. The project will aim at solutions of a closed circuit, where electricity, water, heat and steam will be recycled into production. In a tight ecosystem the carbon footprint of logistics will also be smaller.

The project will be carried out in cooperation with a cluster of Arctic service companies operating in the field of industry and mining (ABC), The preparation project of new economy and The centre for the ciecular economy and the bioeconomy established in Kemi. In the ecosystem companies can network and utilize each other’s resources and minimize the expenses. The handling and recycling of the energy and materials used by companies may lead to industrial symbioses, where companies can utilize each other’s energyflows, materials and technology, know-how and services, and create new business and added value, and at the same time minimize the environmental effects.

For more information, please contact:

Timo Haikola (Mr), Senior Business Advisor, Digipolis
Tel. +358 40 3539 388
Email: timo.haikola@digipolis.fi

  

Arctic Truck Platooning (ATP C)

Slated for 2018, the Arctic Truck Platooning Challenge (ATPC) is a project which responds to the goals of Fell Lapland to find savings yet increase the profitability of transport services through creating industrial design solutions to prevent accumulation of soy, snow, and ice in the truck’s chassis. As a part of the key Project Kokeileva Suomi (Experimental Finland) in Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s Government Programme of creating experimental culture in all levels of society, ATPC envisages finding new service applications to remove snow and ice from the truck’s chassis.

Truck platooning is fast gaining prominence in Europe due to the multiple benefits and opportunities it promises, and the Finnish Lapland is the site of ATPC 2018. In platooning, trucks move behind each other forming a convoy with the aid of technology that enables automated driving support systems and connectivity. Cost effectiveness in truck platooning is primarily realized through reduced fuel consumption. Other benefits of platooning come in the forms of reduced emissions, smoother traffic flow, and more effective use of road.

Read more here.

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +328 400 249 620
Email: seppo.ahola@digipolis.fi

Circular Arctic Infrastructure Materials (CAIM)

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +328 400 249 620
Email: seppo.ahola@digipolis.fi

Arctic Autonomous Testing Element Development Cluster (AATE DC)

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +328 400 249 620
Email: seppo.ahola@digipolis.fi

Sakari Nokela (Mr), Development Manager, Centria University of Applied Sciences
Tel. +358 40 72 999 33
Email: sakari.nokela@centria.fi

Arctic Smartness Exellence (ASE)

Arctic Smartness Exellence (ASE) –project carries out activities related to the Regional Smart Specialistation Strategy of Lapland. The Arctic Smart Specialisation Programme is by definition supporting growth and empowerment through entrepreneurship linkages that have been executed in two previous ERDF** projects led by the Regional Council of Lapland with core actors present also in this project. This Arctic Smartness Exellence (ASE) –project will carry out actions that are concentrated on developing and supporting the consolidation and development of five modern clusters with entrepreneurial thinking driving them forward. These are called Arctic Smartness Clusters formed of: Arctic Design, Arctic Safety and Security, Arctic Industry, Arctic Smart Rural network and Arctic Development Environments. The core actors in the clusters and also in this project are University of Lapland (project leader), Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Geological survey of Finland (GTK), Rovaniemi Regional Development Agency, Regional Council of Lapland, Digipolis Ltd and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Work is divided into four integrated work packages:
1) coordinating the Cluster development, 2) creating methods for R&D support for clusters and also creation of a new Lappish innovation platform Center of Arctic Smartness Excellence, 3) internationalisation actions in particular aiding the clusters by creating funding and consortium building roadmaps and also acquiring expertise in preparing and submitting more successful application to EU funding instruments, 4) taking care of the overall management and communications and proactive evaluation of the project.

Main results of the project will be improved and more internationalised Cluster cooperation and impact, and also support clusters’ ambitions toward internationalisation and tapping into Direct EU funding, Horizon 2020 in particular. The new Lappish Innovation platform - Center of Arctic Smartness Excellence will be created to support clusters needs and also feed innovations and ideas and work as a booster for innovations using UE’s TRL (technological readiness level) classification implementation, in particular in development, testing and service design laboratories and facilities.

Contact information:

University of Lapland
Harri Malinen (Mr), harri.malinen@ulapland.fi

Kemin Digipolis Oy
Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), tytti.ahoranta@digipolis.fi
Kari Poikela (Mr), kari.poikela@digipolis.fi

    

Arctic Sustainable Building Network -preparation project

The cooperation with regional building sector is the key element of the Arctic Sustainable Building Network-preparation project. The network which creation is targeted with the project can benefit from involving some forerunner companies which can be also quite big in size. Special attention in the project is anyhow directed towards areas small and medium size enterprises, which have the interest and capabilities for renewing the business towards sustainability and growth and possibly also become more international.

The background for Arctic Sustainable Building Network-preparation project is in global trends, interest and need for develop and implement solutions for sustainable buildings. The goal of the project is to create a way for the arctic building sector actors to collaborate and develop means to renew business potential in the sustainable building framework. The goal is to be able to recognize the changes in business that sustainable building theme demands and to forecast the industry's development in Finland and in international market.

The purpose of the project is to prepare the launching of Arctic Sustainable Building Network. The purpose is to find out the willingness of regional building sector actors to participate in the network. Also the purpose is to define the operational model and goals of the network's actions and find out the possibilities of using digital platform to collaborate in the network. Also the purpose is to define the possible ways to collaborate outside the area of Finland and at the international level.

As a result of the project a proposal of how to create the Arctic Sustainable Building Network is made. The project aims at spreading the information so that regional actors recognize the international trends, interests and needs for develop and implement solutions for sustainable buildings in the framework of their own businesses. Low-carbon and smart building solutions are great challenges for the building industry and taking those as a way to renew business potential also creates big changes.

Contact information:

Lapland University of Applied Sciences
Mikko Vatanen (Mr), mikko.vatanen@lapinamk.fi

Kemin Digipolis Oy
Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), tytti.ahoranta@digipolis.fi

      

The Arktisuus project

Kemi and Digipolis Oy are responsible for heading up the wide-reaching Arktisuus project; a Ministry of Employment-led regional towns network pilot procedure. The other project parties besides the Kemi-Tornio region are Rauma, Lieksa and Suupohja.

The project aims to promote the exports of industrial services companies and to find new business opportunities in the field of ecological solutions. Simultaneously, the aim is to publish investment data on both large-scale projects and smaller projects worth one to several million Euros.

The main focus of the project is on small and medium-sized companies. In practice, the project involves approximately 200 actors ranging from leading companies to potential subcontracting companies. The project’s target areas are northern Sweden, northern Norway and north-western Russia. The pilot focuses on large-scale projects in the Arctic region and the Arctic industry ecosystem.

In practice, the project’s target group consists of companies that currently serve their regional infrastructure, process and mineral industry but are able and willing to export their know-how to northern regions for use in infrastructure projects and the operations of mining and oil & gas industry.

One of the project’s strengths will be that all information is shared across the country. This maximises the benefits on a national level. We aim to provide companies with high-quality opportunities. To achieve results in a cost-effective manner, we act in cooperation with other parties functioning in the field of export promotion.

Contact information

Seppo Ahola, Arctic Advisor
Tietokatu 6 FI-94600 Kemi, Finland
Tel. +358 400 249 620
Email: seppo.ahola@digipolis.fi

CLT solid wood

The new initiatives closely involve the wood construction industry, which holds importance for the Kemi-Tornio region, and its subsequent modernisation. January 2014 saw the opening of a new generation experimental CLT house, built from solid wood elements, at Tietokatu 3. Digipolis was responsible for implementing the building project. Less widely known in Finland, CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) is a wood frame system and building material rapidly gaining popularity in Central Europe and North America. The underlying reason for this development is the rapid progress of urbanisation across the world. On a global scale, more construction will be carried out between now and 2040 than has been carried out up to this point in the history of the humankind. In addition to the availability of building space, the need for improvements in sustainability forms a major challenge for the building sector. Lapland’s forest resources, the local wood-refining industry, the increase in demand for sustainable construction and the consolidation of project exports know-how combine to provide a wealth of opportunities. A source of positive, wide-spread interest, the CLT competence centre recently completed in Kemi provides an excellent basis for developing these opportunities into concrete, significant businesses.

As CLT is also suited for use in the structural bodies of multi-storey buildings, its role in the construction value chain is similar to that of precast concrete. Its ecological properties – the renewability of the raw material (wood, a natural product), low carbon content and recyclability – are in a class of their own. Furthermore, energy regulations, construction efficiency and quality requirements have increased the competitive strength of CLT. The development of wood gluing, cutting techniques and 3D design software during the last ten years have further increased the competitive strength of the CLT structure in comparison to other building structural body alternatives.

The parties responsible for the implementation of the experimental CLT house were Digipolis, the Lapland University of Applied Sciences and Vocational College Lappia. The experimental CLT house project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with the Regional Council of Lapland / Ministry of Education and Culture’s administrative sector as the financing authority. Other financiers include Digipolis Oy, the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Kemi-Tornionlaakso Municipal Education and Training Consortium Lappia, the Kemi-Tornio Development Centre and various companies and communities.

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Contact information

Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), Project Manager
Tietokatu 6 FI-94600 Kemi, Finland
Tel. +358 40 504 2257
Email: tytti.ahoranta@digipolis.fi