Pohjois-Savo (FI1D2)

General Information

  • Kuopio
  • 20.366 km2   (2015)
  • 243.739 (2022)
  • 6.590,56 (2009)
  • % of the National GDP 3,63 (2009)
  • % of Unemployment 10.9
  • Regional GERD (%) 2.2
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S3 Thematic Platforms

S3 Priorities


Name Description
Tourism The tourism spearhead has the following key objectives: responding to the changing consumption behaviour of tourists and the green transition with the aid of digitalisation and developing the industry to adhere to the principles of sustainable development. Additional objectives are strengthening entrepreneurship based on adventure activities as well as digital services in the field, supporting the industry in competence and labour force matters and boosting industry growth through network-based joint development. Development of tourism would need to be headed by a strong leading company to which all the most important actors trust.
Forest industry The forest industry spearhead has the following key objectives: improving overall productivity by improving the management of the entire production chain and the logistics operations through utilisation of measurement technology, collected data and coordinated control of production chains. In the future, the industry will be required to ensure availability of wood, manage the by-products and material flows formed in the production chain and reuse them in biorefining in various ways. Additional objectives are enhancing wood construction, achievement of carbon neutrality and boosting different areas of competence in production.
Machine technology and energy technology The machine technology and energy technology spearhead has the following key objectives: digitalisation of processes and services, increased productivity through more automation and process streamlining, sustainable RDI activities and an increase in distributed energy production. The technological implementation of the energy transition and distributed energy production requires considerable development inputs in alternative energy technologies and in heat and energy storage systems. Additional objectives are development of strategic corporate partnerships, strengthening the competencies of education providers, ensuring the availability of ICT specialists, achieving growth in industrial investments and facilitating the emergence of new business in digital services and consultation services that support product development.
Food products The food-based spearhead has the following key objectives: improving the traceability and safety of foodstuffs, developing production by relying on automation and artificial intelligence, utilising by-products, reducing wastage and establishing a sustainable and carbon-neutral food system. Additional objectives are ensuring the availability of training and workforce in the field and strengthening the R&D ecosystem in agriculture, berry farming and the food industry.
Well-being technology The well-being spearhead has the following key objectives: creating new operating models and business through utilisation of artificial intelligence and health and well-being data and supporting sustainable development, cost efficiency, accurate diagnostics and customer service in health care with the aid of digital solutions. Additional objectives are increasing regulatory, quality and product management competencies in the field with new master’s programmes, boosting business competence and developing business activities in the area by promoting innovative procurement and supporting companies in entering into international markets. Pharmacological development, such as development of vaccines, is one of the strengths of the scientific community in Kuopio. Service development is part of the measures that fall under the wellness theme and are related to the new well-being service county.
Intelligent water system The water system spearhead has the following key objectives: comprehensive management and optimisation of water systems with the aid of digital methods and ensuring that companies in water-intensive industries can continue operating successfully through development of waste water technologies. Additional objectives are ensuring sufficient numbers of competent people in water resources management and accelerating the implementation and market entry of water technology innovations with the aid of innovation ecosystems.
Biorefining The biorefining spearhead has the following key objectives: development of material logistics with the aid of artificial intelligence, utilising by-products as materials, energy, new products, fertilisers and growth mediums and boosting the utilisation of digestion of agricultural slurry and plant waste as well industrial by-products into biogas. Additional objectives are development and strengthening of biotechnical competencies and production in the area and supporting the emergence of new enterprise in the field through the development of an operational bioeconomy and circular economy cluster, among other measures.

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Name Description
Biorefining (wood) and its Applications Bio-refining means several new opportunities to utilize bio-raw materials, the most important is wood. The development of biotechnology requires the scientific expertise of various fields such as pharmacy, medicine, drug development, nutrition science, biochemistry, physics research and bioinformatics. Bio-refining offers opportunities for traditional medical expertise and new applications, eg in food development. For wood molecules, there are also applications for use in energy, coatings, pesticides, filters and cleaning materials, food additives, drugs and water purification.
Digitalisation, ICT in Manufacturing and Energy Technology By utilizing digitalisation, the customer or end-user of the device is involved in the product development process. Production methods are developed to continuously improve productivity, which is a prerequisite for profitability and competition. The efficiency of manufacturing is increased, for example, by automation, robotization, efficient welding and assembly techniques, utilization of digital methods and Lean measures and leadership development. In the development of energy technology, the focus is on project know-how, design, manufacturing and service chain management, energy technology management of various fuels and installation expertise.
Nature tourism and cultural tourism New competitiveness of tourism is sought from internationalization, attractive and high quality products and product packages to international markets. The tourist strengths of North Savo can be found in nature. Nature tourism is being raised as the focus of development. It provides opportunities for corporate tourism products, for example. fishing, routing development, water tourism, hunting, berry picking, hiking, etc. Also, event tourism is strongly involved in development. Culture and cultural tourism products are part of the content tourism, ie cultural products in their various forms are part of tourism products. Sales and marketing are investing in digitization and making use of all the new tools that it brings.
Food& health, food product innovation, food and smart packaging The main objective of the industry is to strengthen the Nordic-style food culture and the Nordic people's pride in their own food chain. The European Region of Gastronomy status for 2020 was granted to Kuopio.The province's production (milk, berries and fish) provides opportunities for the development of products for health and pleasure. In product innovation, food product development and cultivation work are carried out on a customer-driven and market-driven basis. Development of packaging is one of the key factors in the industry. By utilizing intelligent packaging, freshness and quality are controlled, product information is provided and product chains are monitored.
Wood materials & processing, Wood construction & life cycle Growth in the industry requires the sawing capacity increase and the development of woodlogistics and robotics in the field. The logistical challenge is the weak condition of the lower road network, as the availability of wood throughout the year must be safeguarded. Develope measurement techniques and network-based services, forestry, marketing, analysis of wood materials and products. In product innovation chemical and mechanical wood processing and their side streams create the basis for wood-based bio-refining, other new products and new rotation economies. The added value of the wood is obtained by building a larger size wood. This requires the development of networks of wood construction. More wood engineering design expertise, digital planning and project management, the development of wood products, the matching of different materials together, and the management of the life cycle cost of wooden structures are needed.
Water processes and risk management North Savo, mainly in Kuopio, is a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary and water-based merger of several organizations and businesses. The strengths are water microbiology, water chemistry, groundwater and mineral water expertise and water purification techniques as well as monitoring expertise. The most important areas of application are mining, industrial and agricultural water processes. Production methods are developed for the monitoring and optimization of water and purification processes, as well as developing digital services for both control and monitoring and real-time delivery.
ICT and sofware technologies for pharmaceutical industry In the health sector, the greatest growth is expected from welfare technology. Kuopio has long been involved in pharmaceutical research, development and manufacturing. The implementation of new innovations utilizes software and information technology, data analysis and artificial intelligence, virtual reality and added reality, measurement and sensor technology, automation technology, information networks, logistics and marketing. A significant change in production methods is the development of local pharmaceuticals and other pharmaceutical logistics. By developing services and pharmaceuticals logistics, it enhances services and improves quality. New growth and entrepreneurship can be found in personal health tracking technology and tracking services.

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  • Email: heikki.sirvio@pohjois-savo.fi
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