Cross-border collaborations are exciting. Together with Finland we are working on a project aimed at increasing cross-border cooperation between cleantech companies, as well as strengthening the conditions for sustainable growth in the region. The investments in the project will create new opportunities for business, innovation and collaboration.

The project focuses in particular on cross-border cooperation, utilizing the new opportunities arising from the new establishments, investments and development efforts (Flagship Biorefinary in Örnsköldsvik, Northvolt, GigaVaasa, Gayser Batteries, Wärtsilä Smart Technology Hub, Keliber, Kokkola Biorefinery, etc.) prepared, planned and implemented in the Kvarken region.

The upcoming need is large and includes raw materials, energy, infrastructure, sustainable technical solutions, ecosystems for business cooperation and skilled labour in the entire value chain from major establishments to its subcontractors, creating unique opportunities for the region's companies for cross-border collaborations and business within the areas of energy, smart, sustainable cities, bioeconomics and chemistry.

The project is being carried out in 2019-2021 by Kompetensspridning in Umeå AB, Skellefteå Science City, Örnsköldsvik Municipality, Teknologicenter Oy Merinova Ab, Vasaregionens Utvecklings Ab (VASEK) and Karlebynejdens Development Ab (KOSEK) in close cooperation with the cities Umeå, Skellefteå, Örnsköldsvik, Vaasa and Karleby, and the energy companies Skellefteå Kraft and Umeå Energi, which, together with other parts of Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Ostrobothnia and Central Ostrobothnia, have assets, skills and resources that create a major growth and development potential within the cleantech area.