The “Cleantech Kvarken” project, supported in part by INTERREG EU funds, aims to strengthen the preconditions for SMEs in the clean-tech sector to do business on the regional, national and international markets by cross-border cooperation and joint export initiatives.
This is done by through cross-border Finnish – Swedish co-operation between cities, municipalities and publicly owned companies, increasing the co-operation between the cleantech companies in the Kvarken region, executing joint export initiatives to markets both inside and outside the Nordic countries as well as attracting investments and establishment of new companies to the regions.
The lead partner in the project is Kompetensspridning i Umeå AB, Sweden supported by the Municipality of Örnsköldsvik, Sweden , Oy Merinova Ab, Finland VASEK, Finland.
They have identified Scotland as a particularly interesting and innovative place for extending the horizons of their project beyond the Nordic countries.
Johan Wasberg, Development Director, Merinova Technology Centre, said: “The international dimension of our project is very important to widening our horizons beyond Finland and Sweden.
“With its strong tradition of innovation we have chosen Scotland as a place where we would like to do business. We look forward to good co-operation with Scotland
“We already have a direct Edinburgh –Stockholm flight and we also welcome the new Finnair direct flight between Helsinki and Edinburgh which starts up in April making travel to and from with Scotland easier.”
Stephen Fox, Director and Chief Executive of Panliska Ltd. added: “There is opportunity to visit Finland during Vaasa Energy Week in March 2016 to meet up with those involved in Cleantech Kvarken and I am looking forward to taking some Scottish companies there to discuss co-operation and the potential for joint ventures.”