Satakunta (FI196)

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  • Pori
  • 8.268 km2   (2015)
  • 214.281 (2022)
  • 6.777,58 (2009)
  • % of the National GDP 3,73 (2009)
  • % of Unemployment -
  • Regional GERD (%) -
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Bioeconomy and circular economy The Satakunta region provides a competitive operating environment for the growth of the bioeconomy. The main natural biological capital resources in Satakunta include the biomass (i.e. organic material) found in forests, soil, fields, water bodies, and the sea. Satakunta region’s industrial symbiosis creates opportunities for energy-efficient, material-efficient, and low-carbon circular economy practices. Robotics, automation, and data analytics are examples of technologies that enable the creation of new business models.
Energy cluster The Satakunta region has a diverse energy production cluster that produces electricity more than three times the region’s needs, which accounts for 26% of Finland’s total energy production. Satakunta is the largest electricity producer in Finland. The region produces electricity for the needs of society from nuclear and renewable energy sources. The possibility of decentralised energy production is also seen as a strength in Satakunta’s energy production. Diverse energy supply and know-how provide a strong competitive advantage for the region’s energy-intensive industry. In addition to basic energy production, Satakunta invests in anticipating the energy transition and the versatile use of renewable energy sources. Energy transition is accelerated by supporting the use of CO2 emissions as a raw material (Power to X technologies) and the wider deployment of hydrogen solutions in the region, and by promoting RDI activities related to energy storage and sustainable battery technology. The use of peat in energy production has declined rapidly and has led to a decline in peat production. In Satakunta, it is important to ensure that appropriate support mechanisms are in place so that the economic, social, and environmental challenges caused by this transition can be addressed in a timely manner and according the needs of industry. The pillars of the Just Transition Mechanism (JTM) must be used extensively to mitigate the adverse effects of transition in accordance with Satakunta’s territorial just transition plan
Food industry cluster The strength of Satakunta’s food production lies in its versatility. Satakunta is home to several leading national food production companies, and the region has a long tradition of contract-based production, which ensures the economic, environmental, and ethical sustainability of production. Satakunta’s food production also plays a key role in ensuring Finland’s security of supply. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the importance of domestic food production. There is good demand for Satakunta’s responsibly produced, safe, and healthy food on the global market. The popularity of responsibly and locally produced food and access to international markets increase the demand for, and added value of, food produced in Satakunta.
Automation and robotics cluster The Satakunta region has a strong cluster specialised in automation and robotics: The Robocoast network includes companies in the fields of robotics, automation, IoT, and artificial intelligence, as well as research, education and development organisations. The importance of technological know-how, especially in software development, is emphasised in the field of robotics and automation. Strengthening Satakunta’s welfare, health technology and robotics expertise will enable the development of social innovations and new solutions for the promotion of health and wellbeing, the treatment of diseases, and rehabilitation. It will also help create new business, advanced services, and social innovations. The Gamecoast cluster, which operates alongside the Robocoast network, focuses on promoting and identifying the opportunities of gamification, creative industries, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality, which enable the development of new educational and product development innovations. Promoting the opportunities offered by gamification in the region can support, for example, occupational safety and game-based continuous learning in educational contexts. Gamification enables the development of new business and co-development models for product development.
Technology metal, mineral, and battery cluster The Satakunta region has an internationally significant ecosystem for the production and further processing of technology metals, which will further expand with the increased demand for metals created by electrification related to digitalisation and green growth. Due to its strong position in the metal processing industry, the Satakunta region is an important part of Finland’s minerals cluster. Having an automated, digital and intelligent production and logistics system is a prerequisite for competitive metal production. In order to accelerate growth, deeper cooperation is needed to capture the full potential of digitisation and to identify the growth opportunities created by electrification. For example, battery solutions and e-mobility systems are potential drivers of growth for Satakunta. In addition, the factories in the battery supply chain need automation and robotics expertise.
Blue economy In the Satakunta region, the strengths of the blue economy are related to water-related RDI activities, the maritime industry, the maritime cluster, development of water know-how, groundwater, water protection, fisheries, recreation, wellbeing services, and water tourism in all waterways. Maritime spatial planning supports long-term development of the marine region and promotes blue growth and the protection of the environment and nature by reconciling the needs and objectives related to these activities at a local level. Water-related research and innovation, water protection, and cooperation will be further strengthened with the help of both national and international networks.
Experience economy The Satakunta region offers attractive and responsibly produced tourism services and high-quality cultural services, and hosts internationally renowned events, which are important for the region’s economy. The cultural environment is used to increase the region’s attractiveness and the wellbeing of its residents. Investing in the experience economy has a positive effect on society overall, creating experiences for and promoting the wellbeing of local residents, and providing various leisure opportunities. The development of tourism services strengthens the image and brand of Satakunta and contributes to attracting international experts to the region. The strengths of the Satakunta region lie in its diverse marine, nature and cultural environments, culture and art, cultural heritage, national parks, the Geopark, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Welfare economy The welfare technology know-how of the Satakunta region can be used to develop solutions that improve the quality of life and wellbeing of residents, and ensure that each individual is able to cope with everyday life in accordance with their own goals, and live a meaningful life. Similarly, health technologies may offer solutions for social and health care service providers for the prevention and treatment of diseases, and health maintenance. At the same time, these technologies help create new business, advanced services, and social innovations.
Safety and security of supply Safety and security of supply are important themes in this export-driven region. Safety issues related to Satakunta’s industry, energy production, food production, and land and sea transport are also key to national security of supply. Cyber and information security is an important part of overall security in various organisations, and this dimension is highlighted in a region that specialises in automation and robotics. Increasing regional cooperation is key to maintaining security and anticipating security risks, especially now that climate change and the resulting adverse weather conditions, as well as unforeseen pandemics, will increase concrete security risks in people’s everyday lives. The core dimensions of security include, for example, the safety of citizens, industrial security, and environmental safety and cleanliness. Safety also involves anticipating and ensuring preparedness to deal with environmental accidents and damage. Response planning for both marine and land-based environmental damage, and the continuous development of inter-authority cooperation, contribute to the region’s overall safety. The transport system must provide safe and efficient connections for residents and businesses throughout the region.

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Safety Regional cooperation to maintain and improve everyday security will be increased. Promotion the prevention of security risks for residents, organizations and communities through security planning is a vital issue. Climate change and the resulting adverse weather conditions will increase concrete security risks in people's everyday lives. Models and solutions must also be developed to maintain security culture in business. In Satakunta regional security planning has been started. Improving everyday security is extensive co-operation between authorities, and engaged in active local development. The role of authority cooperation increases in the changes in structures and operating environment. The development of services needs public sector, business and associations to work together. The region's security expertise strengthens also smart specialisation and growth opportunities.
Wellbeing enhancing technology and services In order to allocate public resources and services, new service concepts and innovations will be sought to support the survival of older people at home and to the need to promote well-being of children, young people and families. The region's well-being technology expertise enhances smart specialisation and growth opportunities.
Experience economy (tourism, culture, events) Experience services like high-level culture and tourism services and events and related expertise increase region’s attraction and vitality. Culture and arts play an important role in creating identity, enhancing homey living environment and promoting wellbeing. The region's expertise of experience economy reinforces smart specialisation and growth opportunities. Cooperation and internationalization of region’s research and education institutions will be supported in order to increase their awareness and attractiveness.
Blue growth Blue growth means in EU level sustainable exploitation of marine resources. In Satakunta region blue growth is more widely understood by RDI, marine industry, marine cluster, water knowledge development, groundwater, water conservation, fisheries, recreation, welfare services and water tourism in all waterways. For blue growth there is strong foundations in Satakunta region and the exploitation of aquatic resources on a sustainable way have a significant potential for innovation and growth. Satakunta has significant international expertise in management and conservation of waters. The marine livelihoods act as drivers for positive structural change. The South-West maritime cluster has a versatile know-how and a large number of diversified marine industries, predominantly shipyards and subcontracting companies. In Satakunta region there is blue growth potential alongside the marine industry and technology, in water tourism and marine welfare services, fisheries, aquaculture and energy. The region's blue growth expertise reinforces smart specialisation and opportunities for growth.
Bioeconomy and circular economy Satakunta region's industrial symbiosis create opportunities for industrial transition to energy and material-efficient and low-carbon way of acting. Exploitation of industrial and primary production side streams can produce new products and innovations, bio-based raw materials and processed products for other industry. Promoting the circular economy requires cooperation and commitment of the actors as well as development of know-how. The responsible and innovative use of natural resources can strengthen regional and local economy, create new business opportunities and jobs. To promote the circular economy, logistics and mobility solutions need to be developed using digitalisation and introducing new operating methods and technologies. The aim is to develop operating models and methods as well as by separate demo projects create opportunities for circular economy, whose expertise forms part of the region's smart specialisation.
Energy Satakunta promotes versatile energy expertise and training as well as business. Developing energy-efficient solutions for energy and environmental technologies in the industry and promoting their implementation are also core issues. The production, use and related entrepreneurship of renewable energy will be promoted. The region’s energy expertise strengthens smart specialisation and opportunities for growth.
Automation and robotics Satakunta region has a wide and strong automation and robotics cluster: The Robocoast network includes more than 100 companies of automation, robotics, internet and artificial intelligence (AI) together with research, education and training institutions and development agencies. In these organisations work more than 1000 top experts. In the field of automation and robotics technology expertise and in particular software competence are emphasized. Robocoast network is also internationally connected and recognized having tight cooperation contacts both in Europe and China. Automation, robotics and AI are key cross-cutting issues fostering region’s competitiveness and growth, today and in the future.
Industrial modernisation The Satakunta region's expertise of renewable industry strengthens smart specialisation and opportunities for growth. Satakunta strengthens regional, national and international cooperation of development agencies, research and education institutions and business in research, development and innovation activities, enabling, for example, piloting of new technologies. Industrial products and added-value services will be raised and conditions for opening up new markets will be created for international growth. The expertise of renewable industry and value networks will attract more actors and investments in developing industrial parks in the region. Securing industrial activity is important to develop the business environment in a way that supports the competitiveness of companies, improving their operating conditions and ensuring the continuation of operations in Satakunta region. Important factors for growth retardation include the actions of public actors in land use, housing, transport and education, as well as general infrastructure. Regulatory predictability and streamlining of licensing practices are significant positive factors in the operating environment. Utilizing the knowledge of research and training organizations and development agencies is essential for reform. Automation, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are also important drivers for the competitiveness and growth of the industry.

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