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Sustainable Manufacturing Finland

Finnish-German Manufacturing Workshop

German production companies have long been a benchmark for many countries worldwide in terms of efficient manufacturing and the export of machinery and plant. This situation is not likely to change overnight. However, many companies are now under massive pressure to move up a gear in terms of automation and connectivity, with experts from many fields advising that this is the right time to embrace new technology and get fit for future, alternative business models. The Covid lockdown has played a part in this dialogue, with increased reliance on remote working methods encouraging many to embrace new solutions and technology.

Finland is not only one of the most highly digitized societies worldwide, it has actually been applying digital technologies in a whole host of business environments for much of the new Millennium. Manufacturing plays a leading role in this respect, representing the backbone of the Finnish economy with the technology industry making up 51% of all Finnish exports.

Join us on 29th October for a presentation and discussion between Finnish and German participants on the following topics:

  • What is the current state-of-play of automation and digitalization in both markets?
  • Which challenges are now being faced by manufacturing companies in both markets?
  • What have companies undertaken – or what might they soon do – to bridge the automation/digitalization gap?
  • In what way can a manufacturing powerhouse such as Germany profit from the smaller, highly digitalized Finnish economy?


10:15-10:20 CET / 11:15-11:20 EET Introduction by Mr. Toni Mattila, Program Manager Sustainable Manufacturing Finland

10:20-10:40 CET / 11:20-11:40 EET Presentation by Dr. Harri Kulmala, CEO DIMECC

10:40-11:20 CET / 11:40-12:20 EET Panel discussion moderated by Mr. Pekka Sivonen (Executive Director at Business Finland for Digital Transformation of Finnish Industries) – participants include Mr. Patrick Schwarzkopf, Managing Director Robotics & Automation at the VDMA, Dr. Harri Kulmala, CEO at DIMECC and further participants from both Finland and Germany.

11:20-11:30 CET / 12:20-12:30 EET Q&A

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More Information

Toni Mattila
Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Finland
toni.mattila (at)
Tel. +358 40 500 9909

Alun Jones
Senior Advisor, Business Finland Germany
alun.jones (at)
Tel. +49 173 718 4453