The Vaasa region as well as the county of Västerbotten and Örnsköldsvik municipality are home to a large number of highly committed individuals who want to achieve more and transform their good ideas into reality. We have the courage to work on long-term solutions, push the boundaries and challenge each other constantly to be better. And we like to work together, a factor which is clearly apparent in the cross-border project Cleantech Kvarken, where the business world and public sector are working in unison to create smart initiatives, new sustainable innovations and cutting edge expertise in the energy and environmental areas. The project strengthens the regional initiatives EnergyVaasa External link, opens in new window. in Finland and North Sweden Cleantech External link, opens in new window. in northern Sweden through a cross-border regional collaboration in the cleantech sector
Home to two universities, Umeå is a leader in Sweden in the area of energy research and, in tandem with Skellefteå, Umeå has strong core of expertise assembled within environmental technology which is helping hasten the development of new, sustainable innovations in the region. By focusing on sustainable development and travel, Västerbotten is at the forefront in developing new ideas that will make it easier and more fun to live and make transportation more sustainable. One example is Hybricon a company that produces ultra-fast charging hybrid buses, the first in the world adapted to winter climates.
The Vaasa region boasts the largest energy cluster - EnergyVaasa - in the Nordic region. The cluster encompasses more than 140 companies which employ over 11, 000 people. The company has total annual sales of SEK 4.4 billion and 80% of production is exported. This represents 30% of Finland’s total exports in the energy industry and is 12% of the country’s total technology exports. Many of the companies are global market leaders in the production and distribution of electricity.
Örnsköldsvik has a broad and highly varied business structure and has long history within the forest, cellulose and engineering industries. This is an engineering town which, despite its size, is a major contributor to Sweden’s net exports being home to a number of major international corporations in the manufacturing industry. The area also has a solid tradition as the hub of many small business enterprises and entrepreneurial endeavors as well as a well established culture of innovation. SP Processum and its member companies is one of many examples of proof that the collaboration between private business and academia is undergoing strong growth.