05-12-2017 Europe’s forestry capital Joensuu branches out Finland’s ‘green gold’ forests cover three quarters of its land mass. They are ingrained in the country’s national identity and are central to its globally-renowned forest industry expertise. Nowhere is this more evident than the eastern city of Joensuu.

22-11-2017 Millennium Distinction Award goes to MetGen Technology Academy Finland (TAF) has given the Millennium Distinction Award to MetGen Oy, a company specialising in directed evolution, also known as protein engineering.

"The one-million-euro Millennium Technology Prize is an international award of recognition, whereas the Millennium Distinction Award is designed to reward and showcase cutting-edge commercial applications and research in the same field in Finland,” says Ari Ahonen, CEO of Technology Academy Finland. “With this year’s Millennium Distinction Award we support a Finnish enterprise that is fast gaining international recognition and also participates in several sustainable EU projects.

Read more from MetGen website.


15-11-2017 Awards pile up for Sulapac Finnish startup Sulapac has been recognised with Europe’s first founder’s prize for the circular economy, the 2017 Green Alley Award, and also at the Sustainable Beauty Awards in Paris – for its eco-friendly alternative for plastic packaging.

Sulapac was picked as the winner of the 2017 Green Alley Award from six finalists representing Germany, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and France, after pitching its product before an international jury and audience on 9 November in Berlin.

Read more from Good News From Finland website.



01-11-2017 BioGTS to deliver biogas plant to China BioGTS, Finnish manufacturer of biogas and biodiesel plants, has concluded an agreement to deliver a biogas plant to China.

The annual processing capacity of the plant in the making is approximately 31 000 tonnes of agricultural biomass. The produced biogas will later be utilised as a substitute for natural gas in traffic use, and it will also be fed into the natural gas grid.

Read the whole story from Good News from Finland.

30-10-2017 Green, cool and intelligent living from Finland Finland takes Scandinavian design to the new dimensions in its sustainable buildings. Finland’s advanced infrastructure, combined with a harsh climate and lack of fossil fuel, has helped Finnish companies create a wide variety of next generation building materials and technologies, some of which are now showcased at Building Green 2017 in Copenhagen.

Today, the smart industrial utilization of wood-based biomass is seen in the form of high added-value products such as textiles, construction, insulation and interior materials for sustainable design and building.  Finnish innovations in the industry are exciting new technologies and products using fibre-based applications in construction or for finishing indoor surfaces. 

Examples include sprayed acoustical coating that improves acoustics by reducing reverberation, lightweight fibre-based wall panels that can be customized with unique patterns and washbasins made out of ecological solid wood-composite. 

“One of our key strengths is combining our world-class proficiency in biomaterials with top-rate design know-how. This way we can create new sustainable products with high-quality design,” says Pia Qvintus, Program Director at Finpro.

Smarter buildings to tackle climate change

Globally, buildings produce a major share of CO2 emissions. Thus, addressing climate change should also be emphasized in the built environment. Ultimately, smarter buildings have the potential to be one of the main game changers in tackling climate change.

“Challenges in construction and living need world-class solutions,” says Petri Lintumäki, Program Manager at Finpro. “We know this perfectly well in Finland. Finnish companies have a comprehensive offering for supporting energy efficiency and lower life cycle costs with high comfort.”

Get to know the green, cool and intelligent Finnish offering at Building Green 2017. Visit us at booth 118 .

Showcased companies:


Lumir has developed a new and straightforward way to improve indoor acoustics with biofibre based solutions. Sprayed Lumir acoustical coating can be used to produce seamless sound absorbing surfaces. It is suitable for both new builds and restoration projects. Tough, durable and fireproof – Lumir contains no harmful glass fibers or VOCs. www.lumir.fi 


Wall+ designs and produces 100% biobased wall tiles for construction and furnishing. Wall+ solutions are made of natural fibres and they are customized and recyclable. Wood composite, advanced molding technique and unique production system together allow unlimited possibilities to make designs no other manufacturers can do. CompoFIBER makes Wall+ 3-6 times lighter than competing tiles. www.wallplus.fi 


Woodio Oy is a Finnish material development and design start-up company founded in 2016. Company has commercialised a new kind of proprietary solid wood composite material. The material is unique as it is completely water-proof, cast mouldable and yet it looks like wood. This enables cost efficient mass production of wooden washbasins and other hydrosanitary products as well as tiles and wall panels. The material is fully recyclable and environmentally friendly. www.woodio.com


Itula Oy is a Finnish family company specialized in environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems that enhance energy efficiency. Itula is a leading supplier of radiant heating and cooling systems in Finland. ItuGraf is the new generation water circulated radiant heating and cooling panel. ItuGraf is the green technology solution that saves energy, provides excellent indoor air climate control and supports architectural flexibility. ItuGraf panels are made in Finland with highest quality standards. www.itula.fi


SmartWatcher is a Finnish start-up company that has developed unique professional quality service to monitor indoor air quality 24/7. Our service can ensure healthy living and working conditions for all people. The IoT service consists of two elements, the Multisensor that monitors the air quality in real time and the cloud-based service where the measured results are visible. It is also possible to program alarms to the service when conditions are not at the acceptable level. In addition to our Multisensor we provide real time pressure difference data with our wireless sensor. www.smartwatcher.fi 

Nuuka Solutions

Nuuka’s Connect & Create Solution makes buildings a great place to work and live in, become more sustainable and more productive. Nuuka is a leading building big data analytics solution provider headquartered in Finland. Our SaaS based software consolidates existing building big data into one single user interface and helps building owners and users not only report but also analyze and understand the core reasons behind energy efficiency, good indoor air and sustainability. Nuuka empowers the users and brings building big data into the hands of building users and owners, enabling better building management and increased property value. www.nuukasolutions.com

More information:

Pia Qvintus, Program Director, Innovative Bioproducts, Finpro
email. pia.qvintus@finpro.fi tel. +358 50 563 4129

Petri Lintumäki, Program Manager, High Performance Buildings, Finpro
email. petri.lintumaki@finpro.fi tel. +358 40 343 329

Hetta Huittinen, Communications Manager, Finpro
email. hetta.huittinen@finpro.fi tel. +358 40 033 9597

Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes tourism. Finpro comprises Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Finpro is a public sector operator with 240 experts serving in 37 trade centers in 31 countries and 6 regional offices in Finland. Finpro is part of the Team Finland network. www.finpro.fi


13-10-2017 Betulium gains investment from Bang & Bonsomer Bang & Bonsomer makes strategic investment in nanocellulose company Betulium.

Bang & Bonsomer and Betulium have also signed a long-term global development and commercialization agreement. Betulium and Bang & Bonsomer have excellent synergies in production, product development and sales of various cellulose nanofibers CNF and micro fibrillated cellulose MFC. 

Products made with Betulium’s patented technologies can be used in a number of end applications such as food, paint & coatings, construction, personal & home care, rubber & tire, composites and plastics.

Read more from Bang & Bonsomer website.


12-10-2017 Paptic, a Finnish company producing environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wins Expo Live grant An innovative wood-based alternative to plastic packaging and bags has led Finnish start-up Paptic Ltd to win an Expo Live grant from organisers of the next World Expo, being held in Dubai in 2020.

Paptic’s innovative idea, PAPTIC®, consists mainly of renewable materials – mostly wood fibre – and is 80 percent biodegradable. It is also more durable than paper and can be recycled similarly to cardboard.

Expo 2020 Dubai’s Expo Live programme has an allocation of USD 100 million to back projects that offer creative solutions to pressing challenges that impact people’s lives, or help preserve the world – or both. Organisers are looking for projects that would not reach their full potential without its support.

Read more from VTT Ventures webpage.


05-10-2017 Finnish packaging material innovation awarded as the best green packaging in Monaco

Sulapac® has been selected as the best green packaging solution at the LUXE PACK in Green Awards in Monaco. The award was presented by H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco at the award-ceremony on Tuesday evening October 3rd. 

LUXE PACK in Green has become the benchmark event for sustainable packaging innovations and solutions, and several major brands are vigorously searching for more environmentally friendly packaging options.

Read more from Sulapac press release here.

26-09-2017 PURE. SMART. LUXURY. – Discover sustainable Finnish packaging solutions at LUXE PACK MONACO Today sustainability plays a pivotal role in the luxury sector as well. Finnish environmentally friendly materials and smart packaging solutions help luxury brands take sustainability to the next level. The unique Finnish offering is showcased at LUXE PACK MONACO, October 2-4, 2017.

At LUXE PACK MONACO, six Finnish companies will be presenting pure and smart Finnish solutions - the Finnish perspective to luxury. 

“The Finnish expertise covers the whole value chain of packaging ranging from branding, design and materials into measuring shopper insight,” says Pia Qvintus, Program Director for Innovative Bioproducts Finland from Finpro, the Finnish trade promotion agency.  “With Finnish novel bio-based materials luxury brands can fight against the worldwide plastic pollution problem. Our intelligent packaging solutions provide tools for safeguarding the origin, authenticity and safety of the brands. In addition, our innovative solutions, such as sensory tests and digital neuromarketing, help to measure critical shopper touchpoints.”

Love of nature meets digital

Finland is one of the world's most forested countries and a land of almost 200,000 lakes. We Finns have a special relationship with nature. Throughout the centuries we have lived in balance and learned to protect our vulnerable Arctic nature. We use our pure nature as raw material and inspiration for developing products and services: we enjoy pure, simple and minimalistic design.

When our love of nature is combined with our top-notch digital solutions know-how, we can create something very unique and precious.

Meet us at the C2L Village

Finnish companies have a joint stand: AC19 at the C2L (Connected to Luxury) Village, October 2-4, 2017, Grimaldi Forum, 10 avenue Princesse Grace 98 000 Monaco.

Just visit our stand or contact us to schedule an appointment during the event. 

Exhibiting companies


Starcke is a privately owned Finnish company specialized in Brand Integrity. We offer a unique combination of visual design with special effects and brand protection technology. Our products and services give brand owners and their clients the tools to safeguard the originality, authenticity and safety of their brands, products and services. Packaging with special hot foiling, multilevel embossing, unique seals with NFC or RFID tags, and with or without holograms – all encoded according to the customer’s needs – help to create an awesome consumer experience.

Mr. Ilkka Harju
Head of Design & Innovation
Tel. +358 40 358 2013
E-mail: ilkka.harju@starcke.fi


PAPTIC is replacing oil-based plastics with a novel bio-based material that combines the renewability and recyclability of paper with the versatility of plastics. The tactual properties of PAPTIC are exceptional differentiating from its competitors. PAPTIC can be used in many flexible packaging applications where brand differentiation and sustainability is important. The first application of PAPTIC has been carrier bags addressing the EU directive target for 55% reduction of plastic bag use by 2019. The patented PAPTIC technology is based on novel papermaking technology that enables the introduction of new product features to paper like the tactuality of textiles and the heat sealability of plastics.

Mr. Tuomas Mustonen
Founder, Managing Director
Tel. +358 50 598 7516
E-mail: tuomas.mustonen@paptic.com


Sense N Insight

Sense N Insight is a proactive research concept measuring all the critical shopper touchpoints to make your packaging successful. Sense N Insight combines sensory testing, digital neuromarketing and packaging value chain tools to provide clear executive summaries for product and packaging design decision making.

Ms. Virpi Korhonen
Tel. +358 400 697973
E-mail: virpi.korhonen@senseninsight.com


Sulapac Ltd has created one of the world’s most ecological packaging materials for cosmetics and luxury products. Sulapac products combine sustainability, luxury and unlimited design possibilities, which makes it a totally unique packaging concept in the world. Our patented recipe consists of renewable natural wood from sustainably managed forests and other biodegradable biomaterials. It is the first fully biodegradable package which is also water- and oil resistant and does not allow oxygen penetration. Sulapac biomaterial can be processed and mass-produced, just like plastic, using conventional equipment. Make your package stand out with a unique shape and beautiful wooden appearance.

Mr. Perttu Sorsa
Sales Director
Tel. +358 40 826 6854
E-mail: perttu.sorsa@sulapac.com


Linkit Concept

We make luxury brands stand out by offering new thinking and unlimited possibilities in branding, packaging design and intelligent technologies. Linkit Concept’s uniqueness lies in uniting the right talents and solutions so that you do not need to compromise. Our expertise is backed up by a global network of hand-picked innovators, who share our standards for excellent quality. NFC, AR, LIGHT, SENSORS – we create and implement smart packaging ready-to-go for you.

We unite digital with physical and the future with traditional.

Tel. +358 50 3684004
E-mail: leena.kauppi@linkitconcept.com

Win Win Design

Win Win Design specializes in innovative packaging, which means not only a unique, functional or innovative design approach, but especially smart technical solutions for packaging design. Our agency is on the front line in taking advantage of the latest smart technology in packaging design. When brands decide to make use of these advances, we already have tested industrial solutions for immediate implementation.

Mr. Renne Anglevuo
Creative Director, CEO
Tel. +358 400 526 727
E-mail: renne@winwindesign.fi


For further information, please contact:

Pia Qvintus, Program Director, Innovative Bioproducts Finland, Finpro +358 50 563 4129, pia.qvintus@finpro.fi

Hetta Huittinen, Communications Manager, Finpro, +358 40 033 9597, hetta.huittinen@finpro.fi

Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes tourism. Finpro comprises Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Finpro is a public sector operator with 240 experts serving in 37 trade centers in 31 countries and 6 regional offices in Finland. www.finpro.fi

Innovative Bioproducts Finland program is managed by Finpro. http://www.circularbioecofin.com/innovative-bioproducts


30-08-2017 MetGen partners up in the US for new bioproducts MetGen and Sweetwater Energy want to develop renewable and affordable lingin-based products for a range of industries.
Finnish pioneer in industrial enzymes MetGen has signed a joint technology development agreement with the US-based renewable biochemical producer Sweetwater Energy. 

Read more from Good News from Finland website.

11-07-2017 Fibria invests in Spinnova scale-up

Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests, has signed an agreement to acquire a minority interest in Finnish-based Spinnova and partner in the development, production and marketing of new materials using its technologies.

16-06-2017 Tomorrow’s bio-products are made in Finland





The Finnish forest has proved to be an incredibly versatile source of raw material for new bio-products ranging from health care to construction, and everything in between.

Read the whole story about tomorrow's bio-products in Bio-based World News website.

05-06-2017 Paptic bags a prize in Amsterdam Finnish startup Paptic has received the Bio-Based Product of the Year 2017 award at the Bio-Based Live event in the Netherlands.

21-04-2017 New investment and strategic partnership for Naava

Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm, today announces a strategic investment and partnership with Naava, a Finnish health technology firm that specializes in the development of smart active green walls. Building upon over 1,000 smart green wall installations throughout the Nordics, one of the first installations of Naava products within the United States will be at Delos’ new Manhattan office at 860 Washington Street in the Meatpacking District, which will feature 24 green walls throughout the 21,000 square-foot space. 

Read more about Naava and Delos' strategic partnership.

18-04-2017 MetGen’s biotech innovation fuels change
Finnish company MetGen has invented a revolutionary chemo-enzymatic pathway that boosts the efficiency and economics of renewable chemicals production. See more: http://www.goodnewsfinland.com/metgen-s-bio-innovation-fuel-change/ 

31-03-2017 Pure and natural, organic Finnish bio-based ingredients for cosmetics introduced at in- cosmetics Global 2017 in London Natural ingredients are becoming more prevalent in modern cosmetics as consumer concerns about synthetic ingredients and chemical substances increase. The pure Finnish nature offers innovative bio-based ingredients for cosmetic, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries globally. The Finnish offering is showcased at in- cosmetics Global 2017 fair, April 4-6, 2017 in London. 


Finnish bio-based extracts and ingredients can be used as organic raw materials in various cosmetic, pharmaceutical and healthcare products. The production does not require any chemicals and most extracts are eco-certified. Clean Finnish water is used throughout the process.

The source of these natural extracts and ingredients is pure Finnish flora which stem from clean air, soil and water. Plants and especially berries thrive in the Finnish landscape dominated by forests and lakes. The unique, harsh, northern climate with short but intense summers with long days full of sunlight produce raw materials with a concentration of nutritious elements and flavonoids. Sub-zero winters alternating with warm summers means that wood grows slowly and develops high-quality biomass.

Vast expertise in refining natural resources

New innovative companies in the Finnish bio-based industry have proven excellence in wood and plant extracts, resin formulations and wood-based polymeric oils. University-level scientific research, intensive cooperation with research institutes and comprehensive R&D provide a strong foundation for the Finnish knowhow in utilizing organic raw materials.

“Because of the long history of the Finnish forest industry, bioeconomic innovations have a long tradition in Finland. We have close cooperation between research institutes and industry. Currently, a number of Finnish companies are skilled in producing natural ingredients for cosmetic, pharmaceutical and healthcare applications. These companies represent innovative, first-rate competence in refining natural resources,” says Pia Qvintus, Program Director for Innovative Bioproducts Finland, a national internationalization program for companies with novel bio-based products.

Finland is one of the world's most forested countries, and clean nature has always formed the basis of the Finnish way of life. According to the 2017 Bloomberg Innovation Index, Finland is the 5th most innovative nation in the world. Thanks to a unique relationship with nature, technology expertise and an innovation-driven society, developing innovative bio-based ingredients comes naturally to Finns.

Where to find us at in-cosmetics

Finnish bio-based companies have a joint stand: EE71, Innovative Bioproducts Finland.

The companies will be presenting their offering during the whole event, April 4-6, 2017 at ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL.

Meet the companies at stand EE71 and find out more about pure Finnish bio-based ingredients and products.

Exhibiting companies

NAVITER - Natural berry extracts for skin and hair care

Naviter develops and manufactures innovative skincare and haircare products, with a special focus on products for professional use. Our products are designed for sensitive and problematic skin. Naviter cosmetics are made with clean Nordic ingredients with sustainability as a top priority.

Naviter produces natural berry extracts for cosmetics and healthcare. We provide safe natural components from organic Finnish berries with stem cell technologies.

FOREST OF LAPLAND - Arctic berry, plant and wood extracts

Forest of Lapland is a producer of standardized herbal extracts and natural active substances for the pharmaceutical, health food and cosmetic industries. The extracts are antibacterial and rich in both antioxidants and flavonoids.

Forest of Lapland uses Pressurized Hot Water Extraction (PHWE) technology. The extraction is performed without chemicals. We have research cooperation contracts with several universities and national research institutes.

INNOMOST - Wood-based polymeric oils and active ingredients for cosmetic applications.

Innomost develops, produces and sells wood-based high added value polymeric oils and active ingredients for cosmetic applications. Ultimately, biodegradable sustainable products from pine and birch are just a starting point for the huge innovation potential of this agile company. For Innomost’s CEO and founder Dr. Sami Selkälä, the driving force is a strong expertise in organic chemistry combined with a passion for Finnish nature.

REPOLAR - Wound and skin care products based on natural Spruce extract

Repolar researches, develops and produces wound and skin care products for both human and animal healthcare. The company’s products are based on the active components of Norway spruce resin using the Resol technology developed by Repolar.

Norway spruce (Spicea abies) resin is a complex composition of naturally active components with a unique three-fold effect: a strongly bactericidic and fungicidic impact, anti-inflammatory properties, and properties that enhance wound healing. Repolar is ISO13485:2003 certified.

For further information, please contact:


Pia Qvintus, Program Director, Innovative Bioproducts Finland, Finpro +358 50 563 4129, pia.qvintus@finpro.fi Hetta Huittinen, Communications Manager, Finpro, +358 40 033 9597, hetta.huittinen@finpro.fi

Finpro helps Finnish SMEs go international, encourages foreign direct investment in Finland and promotes tourism. Finpro comprises Export Finland, Visit Finland and Invest in Finland. Finpro is a public sector operator with 240 experts serving in 37 trade centers in 31 countries and 6 regional offices in Finland. www.finpro.fi
Innovative Bioproducts Finland program is managed by Finpro. http://www.circularbioecofin.com/innovative- bioproducts



10-02-2017 Canada to benefit from the Finnish bioenergy expertise Finpro’s Waste-to-Energy & Bioenergy Growth Program (W2EB) had a successful visit to Northern Ontario in January 2017. Beyond sharing information, the delegation of five Finnish companies was looking for partners. 
Finnish delegation visiting Ontario Power Generation´s bioenergy plant.

Finnish waste-to-energy and bioenergy experts visited Northern Ontario to share ideas on small and mid-sized combined heat and power (CHP) and district heating systems. The visit included sectoral meetings, B2B meetings with local key stakeholders, as well as participation in the Building Biomass Value Chains Workshop in Thunder Bay.

Saku Liuksia, Project Manager of W2EB is very pleased with the visit. He tells that Finnish companies have an attractive market in Canada and excellent solutions to provide.

“Norther Ontario can greatly benefit from our offering. There is demand especially for small and mid-sized biomass boiler systems. With Finnish solutions e.g. First Nations can reduce their dependency on diesel, avoid skyrocketing energy costs and be able to generate new jobs.” 

Finnish bioenergy know-how gained a lot of publicity

The delegation companies were:
•    Enviroburners – designer and manufacturer of advanced industrial burner systems for energy production and environmental protection.
•    Indufor – one of the world's leading forest consulting service providers. 
•    Mikkeli Development Miksei Ltd. – an organization representing bioeconomy companies based in the city of Mikkeli, Finland.
•    Simosol – provider of forest management software.
•    VTT Technical Research Centre – known for R&D, piloting and testing services related to bioenergy and waste-to-energy.

If you are keen to know what Canadians have to say about the Finnish expertise, please see the following articles:

Finnish companies share biomass ideas in Canada by Canadian Biomass Magazine
Finns offer Ontario bioeconomy solutions by Canadian Biomass Magazine
What the Finns can offer Northern Ontario’s biomass economy by Northern Ontario Business 

Neste & BELT co-operation: a pilot biorefinary to La Tuque

At the Building Biomass Value Chains Workshop in Thunder Bay, delegation member Matti Virkkunen from VTT Technical Research Centre provided an overview of what the biomass economy might look like in Canada based on a project now underway in La Tuque, Quebec.

In January 2017, Finnish company Neste and a not-for-profit company BioEnergy La Tuque (BELT) announced a partnership agreement with the objective of studying the feasibility of producing renewable diesel from forest harvest residues in La Tuque, Canada.  A demonstration biorefinery will be built to determine the feasibility of such a plant, both in terms of technical practicality and economic benefits. 

The BELT project is expected to create more than 500 jobs in the Haute-Mauricie area while supporting economic diversification. According to La Tuque Mayor Normand Beaudoin, the biorefinery is a major project to guarantee the future of La Tuque. 

“We are very happy to benefit from such a nice partnership with Finland to achieve a major society project that combines jobs creation and sustainable development,” says Beaudoin. 

Vesa Lehtonen, the Ambassador of Finland to Canada sees a lot of potential in the Finnish-Canadian co-operation.

"The BELT project is an excellent example of the potential of the economic relations between Finland, the Province of Quebec and Canada. Our companies and research institutes are searching for new innovations and prospects for investments together.”

More about the BELT project: BELT partners with Neste on biodiesel project by Canadian Biomass magazine.

23-01-2017 Six examples of Finnish Waste-to-Energy Excellency
1) Landscaping of closed landfills and dumps
Would you believe this is a former landfill and dump? In Finland the closed landfills and dumps are landscaped and used often as recreational areas. Read more about the landscaping of Vuosaari landfill from here: http://www.vihreatsylit.fi/en/?p=1515
2) Waste containers underground

It is common in Finland that waste containers are going partly underground. For example, one Molok container has 5-10 X greater capacity than conventional surface bins. Check all 5 benefits of Molok from here: http://www.molok.com/edut-ja-toimintaperiaate/

3) Utilizing waste water to produce heating and cooling

The Finnish capital Helsinki hosts the largest heat pump plant in the world to produce heat and cooling.

During summer time it could cover the most of the heat demand for Helsinki downtown. Check the record production levels with Helen’s heat pumps from here: https://www.helen.fi/en/news/2016/record/

4) Utilizing saw dust to produce bioethanol
The first facility in the world to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood sawdust is built to Finland by St1. The new plant marks the potential for commercial scale production of cellulosic ethanol in regions where plenty of softwood is available. Read more about the St1 Cellunolix plant from here: http://www.st1.eu/news/cellunolix-ethanol-plant-to-be-built-in-finland
5) Horse manure as source of energy

Did you know that horse manure can be used as source of energy? Fortum power plant in Järvenpää can utilize manure from 5000 horses, which equivalents the yearly energy demand of 2500 town houses. The concept is an environmentally sound solution to the bedding and manure issues of stables. Read more about using horse manure as source of energy from here: https://www.fortum.com/en/products-and-services/horsepower/pages/default.aspx

6) Waste shredding tyrannosauruses

Did you know that in Finland tyrannosauruses shred waste?  BMHTechnology’s TYRANNOSAURUS® Waste-to-Fuel plant turns waste into solid recovered fuel. See from here what all tyrannosaurus can “eat”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU3LoZZVhEw

21-09-2016 Doranova globally transforming waste to profitable business

Doranova is a Finnish company that offers solutions for contaminated sites remediation and production of renewable energy. Doranova's first major project abroad is done in co-operation with Vietnamese Binh Duong Water Supply, Sewerage and Environment Company Ltd (Biwase). The companies will be utilizing landfill gas for energy production. Estimated project time is 14 months, produced electrical power will be 1MW, and the project investment is EUR 6 million.

"Finnish waste treatment technologies are popular around the world. We have been very satisfied with the waste treatment line solution provided by Finnish Ferroplan at the first stage of landfill renewal project and our employees have been happy to work with the Finns. We wanted to have a Finnish company also at this second stage of the project", tells Nguyen Thi Thu Van, Deputy General Director of Biwase.

Ms. Van is pleased to have Doranova as the chosen partner.

"Doranova's technology suits very well the operations, and I'm hoping that co-operation would continue also after this project."

Reference facility in Vietnam facilitating business

Doranova has two main business areas: remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater and production of renewable energy focusing on biogas and landfill gas projects. The operation market is mainly in Finland, but renewable energy projects abroad are becoming more and more important. The company is seeking growth from Asia and Africa.

Mikko Saalasti, Division Manager of Doranova, tells that the project with Biwase is really important for Doranova.

"It will be extremely beneficial for us to have a reference facility in Vietnam. It will be much easier to demonstrate our solutions at the market than inviting customers to Finland", Mr. Saalasti rejoices.

Doranova has 14 employees at the moment. All of them are situated in Finland. Thanks to the Biwase-Doranova project and the reference facility, Saalasti believes that opening a new office in Vietnam might be possible in the near future.

Assistance from Team Finland

Finnish and Vietnamese governments have been involved in the project. Doranova-Biwase co-operation project is financed with concessional credits. Mikko Saalasti sees Finnish government's support, prestige services and financial aid, as an important factor in international competition.

"We compete against companies coming from countries in which government heavily supports development co-operation. We see that it is essential that Finland can do the same".

Saalasti is pleased with the business partnership support Doranova has received from Finnpartnership for exploration of business possibilities in Asia and Africa.

Saalasti gives credits also to Waste-to-Energy and bioenergy growth program (W2EB). The Team Finland growth program, managed by Finpro, produces market surveys, arranges fact-finding and delegation trips and buyer meetings, delivers materials of Finnish joint offering, arranges trainings and seminars, and in overall helps to get visibility and save time and expenses.

"We are happy to be able to participate at joint Finland stands at bioeconomy fairs. This way we receive visibility we could never get by having a booth alone. Also the time we are able to save, thanks to W2EB for taking care of arrangements, is really valuable for us."

31-10-2016 EFIB conference in Glasgow: successful event for Finnish biotech companies

MetGen wins the John Sime Award for biotechnology



The stand representing Innovative Bioproducts from Finland was a collaboration of Finpro, Tekes – The Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Joensuu Science Park and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

MetGen won the John Sime Award for Most Innovative New Technology at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB). Also other Finnish biotech companies received important visibility and contacts, among them Paptic, whose recyclable, bio-based and biodegradable bags attracted visitors to the Finnish stand.

Finpro’s Innovative Bioproducts growth program showcased Finnish bioproduct and technology companies at the EFIB conference in Glasgow, Scotland on 18-20 October, 2016. The conference is an annual EU meeting place for business and policy on industrial biotech and the biobased economy. It is one of the key industry events.

Pia Qvintus, Program Manager of Innovative Bioproducts program is extremely pleased with the conference and the visibility Finnish products received.

“Our stand attracted a lot of interested visitors. We were glad to represent all our 18 growth program companies. MetGen’s product, customised industrial enzymes speeding up processes in the pulp and paper industry, is a perfect example of Finnish companies’ innovativeness and competence. It was a great thing that MetGen won the John Sime Award. It will help them in their internationalisation.”

The winner was selected by the Forum’s participants, comprised of biotechnology professionals, investors and decision-makers, among others. Matti Heikkilä, MetGen’s Chief Technology Officer believes that the award will help the company to find partners.

“Small companies like us in the biotechnology sector do accept even great challenges and, thereby, risks, in their quest to change the world. We are also taking the industrial sector in a more sustainable direction and pointing the way for large-scale operators. Our open-minded approach and our team’s consummate competence appealed to the Forum’s audience. We are genuinely flattered by the award. It is important for us to be open to cooperation and find skillful partners.”

Paptic offers alternative to non-renewable oil-based plastic

Pia Qvintus tells that the event was really beneficial for MetGen and Paptic. Both companies got the possibility to pitch their products to important investors: BASF VC, S’InvesTec, Capricorn Venture Capital, Emerald Technology Ventures and Sofinnova Partners.

Qvintus sees a lot of potential in Paptic, a start-up company developing, producing and marketing innovative woodbased packaging material. Paptic’s recyclable, bio-based and biodegradable material offers alternative to non-renewable oil-based plastics.

“The first commercial application of Paptic’s material involves a replacement for plastic bags. Demand for Paptic’s product has increased as a result of the bans and restrictions on plastic bags that are becoming increasingly widespread in various countries.”

Also Finland's largest sparring program for SME companies, Kasvu Open, has noticed Paptic’s potential. Paptic was selected among ten Finnish companies with the most promising prospects for growth.

Opening up the bottlenecks in the growth of bioeconomy companies

Thanks to large-scale operators in the pulp and paper industry, the bioeconomy has a long tradition in Finland. New technologies and increasingly strict regulations have opened up plenty of new bioeconomy opportunities, which are being seized particularly eagerly by innovative small and medium-sized enterprises.

According to Qvintus, Finland has in addition to MetGen and Paptic, a number of small companies that represent innovative, first-rate competence. These companies are looking for international growth. Innovative Bioproducts growth program, backed up by Finpro’s Invest in Finland unit, has a significant role in matchmaking the companies with potential investors and in finding new, growing international markets.  The main target market countries are Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, USA, UK, Sweden, Russia and Japan.

“Companies in the bioeconomy industry have developed new ways to create value-added products as well as energy and resource-efficient processes and technologies for their customers. These companies are in a growth phase and share challenges involving the start-up of production, for example, as well as financing and international growth. The companies’ own resources are largely tied up in product development and production, due to which they are not necessarily able to build international partnerships and sales on their own in several markets in the long term.”

The companies involved in the programme are satisfied. MetGen’s Heikkilä gives credit to Finpro.

“We have just launched sales in our main market and will now aim to scale this into larger growth. Finpro’s help and knowledge on networking and entering new export markets has been very important for us. Finland possesses a vast amount of first-rate biotechnology know-how, but no-one is going to come over here and carry us away. Rather, we have to be bold, enter the international arena together and make ourselves known.”