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Competitiveness in a sustainable way

Manufacturing accounts for about half of Finland's exports and almost 30 % of the GDP so this sector  is very important to our economy. The Sustainable Manufacturing Finland program focuses on renewing business models and increasing productivity, while actively seeking solutions to the challenges of climate change.  These new solutions will develop into significant export products for Finland.


Manufacturing industries are the backbone of the Finnish economy. According to Technology Industries of Finland, its member companies employ 300 000 people directly and 700 000 people in total. This equals to about 30% of the entire Finnish labor force. The technology industry makes up 51% of Finnish exports.

Accelerating productivity growth requires active efforts from companies. In the long term, the program aims help to create a more positive atmosphere and favorable conditions for the growth of production activities in Finland.

Target groups

The program is targeted to manufacturing ecosystems. Although the program covers manufacturing industries widely, emphasis is placed on machine tool industries, (opto) electronics and photonics, and companies in the industrial digital transformation industry.

Companies and research organizations of all sizes are invited to participate the program. We are looking for collaboration that provides industry with new solutions to increase efficiency, productivity and environmental friendliness.

Key services

1. Promoting innovation nationally

The program helps companies to renew their businesses and to encourage cooperation. This means helping companies in finding partners, creating networks and developing plans and actions for renewal. The best projects and ecosystems will be funded.

The program helps in the development of the projects before applying for funding.  Please contact our experts before submitting the application.

  • The program encourages to find solution in cooperation. Together you can apply Co-innovation Funding.
  • The program also supports projects of individual companies, e.g. by TEMPO Funding.

More information: Business Finland funding services

2. Promoting innovation internationally

The program helps companies to utilize European cooperation networks and EU funding instruments. Manufacturing-related funding instruments and opportunities are regularly updated to the website.

  • The upcoming Horizon Europe framework program is in the progress of getting a finalized form. It is an ambitious funding program with 100 billion euros targeted towards research and innovation activities. Business Finland's Horizon Europe site (FI) and European Commission's official Horizon Europe preparatory site (EN) provide news related to strategic planning, implementation and latest proposals for Horizon Europe.
    • Relevant Horizon Europe Clusters 4 and 5:
      • Cluster 4 Digital & Industry with relevant destinations in 1. Climate neutral, circular and digitized production, 2. Resource efficient and resilient industry, ... 6. A Human-centred and ethical development of digital and industrial technologies. Read more about these destinations and topics within them here
      • Cluster 5 Climate, Energy & Mobility () with relevant destinations such as 4. Industrial facilities in energy transition.
    • Horizon Europe partnerships are another funding type besides traditional Horizon funding calls. Funding formats vary between different PPP's, but they all aim to deliver on global challenges and to modernize industries.
      • More information to come

  • EUREKA is an intergovernmental collaboration platform that is separate from the EU framework program. It implies a bottom-up approach and works in a flexible configurations of countries participating in specific call. There are several EUREKA tools that are integrated into Business Finland's funding services processes.
    • Some relevant EUREKA funding tools include:
      • EUREKA Clusters are seven industry-led PPP's involving key European industries such as automotive. EUREKA offers participants possibilities of entering European value-chains creating long-term R&I collaborations. Besides SMART cluster that is described more in detail below, these clusters are called CELTIC-NEXT, EURIPIDES², EUROGIA2020, ITEA 3, Metallurgy Europe and PENTA.
        • SMART EUREKA is a program for advanced manufacturing sector aiming at boosting the competitiveness and growth of the European discrete manufacturing industries.
      • Eurostars providing funding for international R&D collaboration of innovative SME's. Straight-forward for the participants as most communications are towards national funding agencies.

Other useful Business Finland sites to search for additional information regarding EU funding and participation:

  • European networks and programs provide funding for companies and research organizations. Participating the program projects is a good way to develop expertise in collaboration with international research units and companies.
  • Horizon 2020 program provides funding for research and innovation projects that will be implemented in international cooperation, for individual researcher’s idea, and for business development of the small and medium size companies. Horizon 2020 will run until the end of 2020.

The program helps also to find partners outside Europe, for example in the USA and Japan.

3. Exploring new markets and business contacts for business groups

The program helps companies to find partners and build networks. It is more effective to reach the goals when companies, research units and universities share their ideas and innovate together.

The target countries of the program are Germany, France, Poland, and Japan. There will be more target countries as the program goes on.

4. Attracting foreign experts to the industry

There is a need for highly skilled professionals in manufacturing companies. Business Finland's Talent Boost program is intended for companies operating in Finland looking to hire international experts. Talent Boost connects companies and professionals by providing events, materials and funding and coordinating team resources to create shared services.

How to participate TalentBoost?

5. Business opportunities for foreign companies in Finland

The program helps foreign companies to find partners and business opportunities in the Finnish networks. Companies get support in starting a new business in Finland.

6. Material audit

A Material Audit investigates the amount of waste generated by your business operations, the costs of the waste, and measures for reducing waste.

Business Finland provides Material Audit funding. The Material Audit is carried out according to the systematic model developed by Motiva. Material Audits are performed by auditors trained by Motiva.



Program Manager

Toni Mattila

Tel +358 40 500 9909
toni.mattila (at)


Sanna Nuutila

sanna.nuutila (at)
Tel. +358 50 5577 717