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Release 20.10.2020

Business Finland supports manufacturing industry with targeted efforts

The Government granted Business Finland one million euros in the supplementary budget of June to support the acquisition of new customers in the manufacturing industry. The money will be channeled through five specific entities.

As a result of the corona pandemic, new orders from manufacturing companies have started to decline and delivery times have lengthened. The measures, which are now being launched, will support the manufacturing industry by building joint offering, identifying new markets and customer groups, and implementing targeted export promotion activities in 2020–2021.

"The goal is to help secure the operating capacity of companies and industrial jobs in Finland. Strong export-oriented measures aim for fast results," says Kaisa Hernberg, Program Director.

The measures are:

  • Building of the mechanical engineering (konepajateollisuus?) subcontracting network joint offering, construction of new value chains and acceleration of export. Toni Mattila as the person in charge at Business Finland.
  • Revitalizing the maritime industry: securing the order backlog by restoring tourist confidence in cruise tourism with health and safety solutions and creating new business models. Katja Eriksen and Ulla Lainio are responsible for this entity at Business Finland.
  • Building joint offerings and acceleration of exports of textile recycling solutions, bio-based textiles and bio-based packaging manufacturers. Marika Ollaranta as the person in charge of Business Finland.
  • Construction of the Batteries from Finland battery value chain joint offering, accelerating export and acquiring investments in Finland. Ilkka Homanen as the person in charge of Business Finland.
  • Promoting the business environment for health technology and diagnostics companies. Hanna Rantala as the person in charge of Business Finland.

The activities will include, for example, webinars and workshops, studies and surveys, consulting assignments, and the preparation of communication and marketing materials.

The measures have been planned in co-operation with the industries.



Kaisa Hernberg
Puh. 040 562 3242
kaisa.hernberg (at)

Maritime: Ulla Lainio
Puh. 040 343 3357
ulla.lainio (at)

Industrial production: Toni Mattila
Puh. 040 500 9909
toni.mattila (at)

Bio-based solutions: Marika Ollaranta
Puh. 050 4804611
marika.ollaranta (at)

Battery industry: Ilkka Homanen
Puh. 044 577 4430
ilkka.homanen (at)

Health technology: Hanna Rantala
Puh. 050 5577 797
hanna.rantala (at)


Business Finland is the Finnish government organization for innovation funding and trade, travel and investment promotion. Business Finland's 600 experts work in 40 offices globally and in 16 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network.