CLT Access Matting

The aim of the project is to study the applicability of CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) boards in soft land harvesting. Half of Finland's bogs have been drained, resulting in more than 5 million hectares of drainage areas in Finland. Over the next 20 years, loggings in Finland could reach as much as 15-20 million cubic meters. Large investments in the forest industry are planned in Finland, which, if implemented, will create pressure to increase year-round timber harvesting. As the climate change continues, milder winters will further prolong hailstorms. New solutions are needed both for the design of stands and for the strengthening of the soil by different methods.

The objectives of the project will be achieved through the following measures:

  • Collect information on land use problems and their effects on timber harvesting
  • Compile a data base on soil load-bearing improvement methods for the design of suitable CLT plates
  • Identify potential test sites and select suitable sites for testing on the basis of potential indicators
  • Cost calculations: includes value chain definition, business review, plate transport and its costs
  • Determine the optimal size of the board according to the load requirements,logistics and from the point of view of offroad installation
  • Make strength calculations for boards with the desired load-bearing capacity, perform structural design on the basis of the strength calculations and plan solutions for joining the boards together
  • Prepare prototypes of the boards based on the plans made
  • Perform field testing and demonstrations
  • Carry out a structural analysis after the tests
  • Inform about the results of the tests.

After the procedures and tests, the results will be rooted and disseminated. The project maps and collects a data base
on the properties of CLT plates in improving soil bearing capacity under different conditions. At the same time, the
sites where problems that affect the harvesting of wood due to the conditions occur are mapped. The structure of the
boards - especially the strength properties - is designed according to the performance requirements based on the condition mapping. The testing of the discs is performed in the terrain according to the selected criteria. The field
testing of the slabs provides information on the functionality of the CLT slab used as the load-bearing structure of buildings in infrastructure construction, and possibly also additional lighting related to the classification of use.

Making disc cost calculations involves looking at the entire business chain for the entire life cycle of the disc (manufacture, use, and recovery after decommissioning). In the manufacture of CLT boards, the possibility of utilizing side streams, ie scrap planes, to improve material efficiency and the potential savings in energy consumption resulting
from the use of boards are being investigated.

As a result of the project, the usability of CLT boards in timber harvesting on soft lands and possibly as a bridge
structure for crossing small ditches and streams has been tested. As a result of the project, the usability, durability and
profitability of the method are known.

For more information, please contact:

Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), Project Manager, Digipolis Oy
Tel. +358 40 504 2257

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Digiprocess - Supporting digitalization of process industry ecosystems: Developing service ecosystems among process industry and SMEs

The main goal of the DigiProcess is to support the development of digital services and ecosystems in the northern regions between SMEs and industry companies. The project provides support for SMEs and industry partners in collaboration and co-operation. During the project, industry and country specific co-operation is evolved to cross-border co-operation. In practice this is done by forming co-operation ecosystems between the companies which companies use to develop and innovate digital products and services together with other companies in ecosystems. As a result of this co-operation, digital competence of Nordic companies improves, and new co-operation networks are born that help companies meet digitalization challenges from now to the future. Co-operation ecosystems are created at least to SMEs and industry companies in metal, bio, forest, mining and energy industries. Project partners from Finland and Sweden work together with SMEs and industry partners to build digitalization ecosystems in Finnish and Swedish Interreg Nord environment.

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 400 249 620



Industrial Circular Economy in Lapland 2.0 - Reinforcement of circular economy activities

Industrial Circular Economy in Lapland 2.0 strengthens the regional competitiveness of the industrial circular economy
in Lapland. The project is based on the systematic development work in Lapland in the 2010s, during which the
industrial circular economy took its position as one of the spearheads of the regional expertise in Lapland and as a
cornerstone of Smart specialisation strategy of Lapland. The Circular Economy Centre, established in Kemi in 2017, has raised broad national and international interest.

The project paves way for new investments and business models in the field of circular economy. The project strengthens the R&D, knowledge and innovation infrastructure, cooperation and networking. The main partners include Digipolis, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, and Lappia. The activities are characterized by energy and material efficiency, utilization of the latest relevant knowledge, and new business development. The expertise and networks of
Circular Economy Centre will also be utilized in the project.

For more information, please contact:

Tuomas Pussila (Mr), Programme Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 50 461 1236

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Baltic Industrial Symbiosis (BIS)

The project promotes industrial symbiosis, a concept for sustainable regional development, across the Baltic Sea region. The project establishes peer-to-peer exchange for industrial symbiosis practitioners. It develops new business and finance models and sets up the BSR Industrial Symbiosis Council as a platform for dialogue and policy learning.

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For more information, please contact:

Tiina Puotinen (Ms), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 40 4819 177 

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Asian Desk (A74757)
Sea Laplands Asia Platform

The Asian market growth and the importance of the arctic region to Asia have been presented as a great opportunity to Sea Lapland area. The main goal of the project is to export Sea Laplands expertise and know-how to Asia, assist local SMEs in the field to build up first contacts with Asian market, meanwhile attract potential investors from Asia to Sea Lapland.

The project will take full use of the already well-developed network with partners in Asia that has been achieved with the joint efforts of City of Kemi, Kemin Digipolis Oy, Lapland University of Applied Sciences and local entrepreneurs and service providers in the field of bio economy and circular economy.

For those SMEs who already gather their courage to Asia market, the project will hear out their demands and challenges in internationalization to Asia, and the project will effectively fulfil their demands in gaining knowledge on Asia market and start building up their first contacts and business networks in Asia. For those who have concerns and reluctance, the project tends to encourage them to assist them to realize the potential value of their unique resources, their expertise and the potentials to get a share in the export market to Asia or other countries. The project will also serve as an entrepreneur incubator for new business opportunities associated with Asia market to be explored and further developed in the area.

It will provide an arena where the SMEs, organizations and institutes can make actual contact with potential partners in Asia and 

  • Build up first contacts with partners in Asia
  • Attract investment from Asia
  • Explore entrepreneurship opportunities associated with Asia
  • Transfer and pilot innovation technology to Asia
  • Export circular economy education / innovation to Asia
  • Make Sea Lapland a pioner in bio- and circular economy industrial tourism

For more information, please contact:

Yongjing (Elaine) Vaattovaara (Ms), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 40 831 0399

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Arctic Smart Growth (ASG)

The Innovation ecosystem of Lapland has been developed by a long-term process by following the principles of smart specialization. Implementation has been carried out by the ASP- and ASE –projects in a collaboration with universities, research institutes and development organisations. During the projects the cluster-based structure has been created. Projects has also strengthen the regional cooperation.

The goal of the Arctic Smart Growth project is to strengthen Lapland´s vitality. The aim of the project is to increase the SMEs research, development and innovation activities. The objective is also to improve the opportunities to utilize the international networks more effectively. The project in closely linked to the regional business services as well as other business networks. International projects have been implemented mainly by universities or research institutes and involving big companies. The purpose of this project is to reverse emphasis on SMEs. The project is mapping the most relevant networks and sources of funding for supporting the growth and internationalization of the SMEs. The international investment funding sources haven´t been utilized either. In order to strengthen the enterprise interface the regional business service, Yritys-Suomi Business services will be closely connected to the project. The collaboration enables the creation of service and finance chains which ensure the availability of appropriate service and funding for SMEs needs.

The result of the Arctic Smart Growth project is a cooperation model which combines enterprises, universities, regional actors, international networks and funding sources. The parties´ duties, roles and responsibilities have been agreed on. From the existing tools the enterprises will smoothly find the reasonable support services and solutions for their needs.

As a result of the project:
- the turnover and internationalization of companies increase
- the R&D-investments grow
- SME participation in the international projects increase
- the international project funding allocated to the area increases
- the use of EU direct project funding increases
- S3 cooperation strengthens
- visibility and recognition in the networks strengthens

The competencies acquired in the project will remain on the region also after the project. The project is closely linked to the ASR-project and Lappi – arktinen ja kansainväinen menestyjä –project which ensures that the projects and the region aims and activities are in line each other.

For more information, please contact:

Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 40 504 2257

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Sustainable well-being from Arctic Wood Construction - WoodArc

To increase the use of wood in national level is supported by government programme of Finland. To urge forward the wood building will be done by reforming directives and regulations concerning building on EU and national level. The Sustainable well-being from arctic wood construction-project is needed to advance wood building widely in Lapland county to make larger scale buildings and to put new wood construction innovation more rapidly in use. It is functioning as a part of Arctic Sustainable Building -Cluster.

The target in actions of the Arctic wood building competence centre is to put forward processes and processes and investments according the sustainable principals. By intensive and active co-operation with conglomerate actors and by avoiding superimposed actions and acquisition can available resources efficiently utilize to obtain the goals of the project. The background for Sustainable well-being from arctic wood construction project is in global interest to have an influence on restraining the climate change. The fastest the climate is changing in arctic regions where the temperatures rises quicker than elsewhere in Earth. This is why the arctic is more vulnerable to its impacts. By increasing to use of wood in building can the storage time of the carbon dioxide in wooden products prolong.

For more information, please contact:

Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 40 504 2257

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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:

Teemu Saralampi (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +358 40 197 7149

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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


Circular Arctic Infrastructure Materials (CAIM)

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +328 400 249 620


Arctic Autonomous Testing Element Development Cluster (AATE DC)

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola (Mr), Project Manager, Digipolis
Tel. +328 400 249 620

Sakari Nokela (Mr), Development Manager, Centria University of Applied Sciences
Tel. +358 40 72 999 33


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.

For more information, please contact:

University of Lapland
Harri Malinen (Mr),

Kemin Digipolis Oy
Tytti Ahoranta (Ms),
Kari Poikela (Mr),

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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.

For more information, please contact:

Lapland University of Applied Sciences
Mikko Vatanen (Mr),

Kemin Digipolis Oy
Tytti Ahoranta (Ms),

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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.

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Ahola, Arctic Advisor
Tietokatu 6 FI-94600 Kemi, Finland
Tel. +358 400 249 620

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.

For more information, please contact:

Tytti Ahoranta (Ms), Project Manager
Tietokatu 6 FI-94600 Kemi, Finland
Tel. +358 40 504 2257

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