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Salo 8.-9.2.2023

Meet the Makers of Electric Future in Southwest Finland

Register for this event by 31 January 2023.


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Ms. Johanna Valio
Project Manager
+358 50 3078398
johanna.valio (at)

Business Finland

Ms. Hanna-Leena Harma
Manager, Inbound delegations
+358 40 7288730
hanna-leena.harma (at)

Business Finland together with Yrityssalo and Turku Business Region welcome you to the Nordic electrification event on February 8-9, 2023.

The event is arranged in co-operation with the Nordic Battery Collaboration which is an initiative between Innovation Norway, Business Sweden and Business Finland.

The event agenda includes meetings with potential new partners and customers from Norway, Sweden and Finland, as well as learning and sharing insights, challenges, and solutions between regions active in electrification and battery business.

The event will focus on:

  • the electrification and safety of heavy duty and off highway sector & safety
  • talent attraction and talent retainment

The special target groups of the event are:

  • the companies within off-highway, truck or bus industries and battery manufacturing
  • municipalities delved into the challenges of electrification
  • universities

What we offer for companies:

  • deep dive into the journey of Valmet Automotive: creating world-class battery business in Salo and future views to the off-highway and truck & bus segments.
  • introduction of SIX Mobile Work Machines cluster: Creating the platform of excellence for electric mobile work machines
  • factory visits to Valmet Automotive and Sandvik (by invitation)
  • participation in the round table discussion about the challenges of electrification in off-highway and truck & bus sectors, moderated by Valmet Automotive
  • participation in the round table discussion about the battery safety, moderated by Sandvik
  • company matchmaking

What we offer for municipalities:

  • The story of the city of Salo: from Nokia aftermath into a hotspot of battery business
  • Meeting municipalities delved into the challenges of electrification
  • In-depth round table discussions about the challenges and solutions in talent attraction and talent retainment models, including company-university co-operation models.

Please note that the event consists of two types of activities. Part of the activities are open for everyone by registration, and to some activities - the round table discussions, the Sandvik plant visit, and the evening reception by the mayor of Salo -  the participants are individually invited. In the registration form you can state your interest to the round table discussion topics based on your expertise, and to the Sandvik plant visit. 

Agenda +2GMT

Wednesday, February 8
Venue: Salo IoT Campus, Joensuunkatu 7, Salo

9:30 Transport from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Salo IoT Campus (Joensuunkatu 7, Salo)
11:00 - 12:00 Lunch & networking
12:00 - 14:00 Seminar

  • Welcome words | Anna-Kristiina Korhonen, Mayor, City of Salo
  • The story of the city of Salo from Nokia aftermath into a hotspot of battery business | Director, City Development Mika Mannervesi, City of Salo
  • Deep dive into the journey of Valmet Automotive | SVP EV Systems Jyrki Nurmi, Valmet Automotive 
  • Greetings from the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Timo Harakka 
  • SIX Mobile Work Machines – Building Future Work Machines Together | Co-creation Manager Harri Nieminen, VTT

14:00 – 15:30 Valmet Automotive plant visit | Ponsse EV1 on display | Coffee and networking
15:30 – 17:00 Round table discussions

  • For companies: Track 1: Challenges in the electrification of heavy duty, off highway and truck & bus sector | Moderator: Valmet Automotive
    Preliminary themes: position in the electrification and obstacles for electrification.
  • For municipalities: Track 2: Talent attraction
    Round table discussion on business support activities and university-business collaboration models on talent attraction in the field. The aim is to discuss about national and regional level talent attraction campaigns, common challenges in attracting senior tech talent and possible Nordic collaboration models to ease the talent shortage in companies.
    Moderators: Lotta Kujanpää, Senior Specialist, Talent attraction management, Turku Science Park & Tommi Virtanen, Senior Advisor, Yrityssalo

17:00 Transfer to hotel
18:30 Reception by the city of Salo at Salo IoT Campus

Thursday, February 9
Main venue: Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki, Turku

08:00 – 09:00 Transfer to Turku (2 destinations)
Destination 1:
09:00 – 10:30 Sandvik plant visit
10:30 Transfer from Sandvik to Visitor and Innovation Centre Joki
Destination 2:
09:00 – 10:45 New Energy Lab,Vehicle Laboratory (+ eRally Cross) and Manufacturing & Engineering Center at Turku University of Applied Sciences
11:00 – 12:00 Lunch & networking
12:00 – 13:00 Nordic Battery Thursdays - Panel discussions: Talent challenge – Nordic approaches and solutions
13:00 – 13:30 Break & networking
13:30 – 14:30 Presentations: State of the art industry-research collaboration models in electrification. Expectations, drivers and success factors.

  • Process Manager Mikael Hjorth, Electrification Hub
  • Head of Green Technologies Lasse Eriksson, Kalmar
  • Research Manager, Battery Technology Hanne Flåten Andersen, Institute for Energy Technology IFE 
  • Co-creation Manager Harri Nieminen, VTT 

14:30 – 15:30 Round table discussions

Track 1: Battery safety: the importance of safety, the role of regulation & representations in research | Moderator: Mika Kanninen, Manager, Battery Diagnostics, Sandvik
Track 2: Municipalities and public authorities: challenges of electrification. Things to solve within large investments. Service structure, business network, collaboration possibilities etc. | Moderator: Jouko Urmas, Senior Advisor, Yrityssalo Ltd.
Track 3: Industry-research collaboration models in electrification. Expectations, drivers and success factors. Distributing highlights. Call to action: what could we do together? | Moderator: Harri Nieminen, Co-creation Manager, VTT

15:30 – 16:00 Closing session
16:00 Transfer to the Helsinki-Vantaa airport (appr. 2 h)