Manufacturing sector is very important to our economy: it accounts for about half of Finland's exports and almost 30 % of the GDP. 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.
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.
The program helps companies in finding partners and building networks. In addition, the program provides funding for R&D&I activities, and offers help in improving the project plan before submitting the funding application. For collaborative projects, the consortium can apply for Co-innovation Funding. For individual companies’ projects, e.g. by TEMPO Funding would be an option.
More information: Business Finland funding services
The program helps and encourages the companies in utilising EU funding instruments and European cooperation networks. The practical support includes e.g. Sustainable Manufacturing webinars like
Different EU project funding instruments offer a multiplicity of funding opportunities ranging from scientific to rather close to market actions, for example
The approach is bottom-up: The applicant can freely suggest a topic for the R&D activity. More information on EuroStars website.
In addition, different European programs and networks provide funding for companies and research organizations. The program helps also to find partners outside Europe, for example in the USA and Japan.
The program helps companies to find partners and build networks, to enable sharing of ideas for accelerating innovations and also building of new value chains. The current target countries of the program are Germany, France, Poland, and Japan, but there will be more target countries as the program goes on.
Business Finland's Talent Boost program supports Finnish manufacturing companies looking to hire international experts. In practise, companies can
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.
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.
sanna.nuutila (at) businessfinland.fi
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