Kolmenkulma to host Finland’s first cleantech zone

The first cleantech zone in the country is to be built in the Kolmenkulma business area, located at the crossroads between Tampere, Nokia and Ylöjärvi. The development of the cleantech technology is being boosted by the cleantech strategy of the Council of State.

The cities of Nokia and Tampere carried out a wide-ranging energy survey project in 2013 and 2014. The project gave rise to a vision of the Eco Industrial Park company area to be established in Kolmenkulma.

The Kolmenkulma business area is one of the largest in the Tampere region. It is located in the border area between the cities of Tampere, Nokia and Ylöjärvi. The area’s cities are strongly involved in the construction of Eco Industrial Park, and propose that the Kolmenkulma area be expanded with the addition of the Tarastenjärvi area and become a national cleantech zone. Tredea, the Tampere Region Economic Development Agency, has applied to the Council of Tampere Region to carry out the project of developing Kolmenkulma and the Tarastenjärvi cleantech business zone. The aim of the project is to find leading companies, around which a network of cleantech companies can be created, with the companies benefiting from each other.

The Tampere region already features strong cleantech competence. There are 35 companies in this sector operating in the region, employing 550 persons. The turnover of the industry is M€ 700. The strong foundation for the technology industry in the region (2,860 companies, 34,000 employees and a turnover of M€ 7.752) provides a possibility to integrate cleantech solutions in products and industrial processes more widely.

‘In order to boost the launch of Finland’s first Eco Industrial Park, a two-year project is being planned, with funding obtained from the Council of Tampere Region. If the project is launched, operations will start in earnest at the beginning of 2015’, says Petri Nykänen from Tredea.

The Council of State compiled a cleantech strategy last spring, with the goal of boosting the growth of Finnish cleantech operation and the renewal of traditional industries with clean technology. The vision is that in 2020, Finland will be the global superpower of cleantech business operations.

In addition, the purpose is to create a substantial cleantech pilot environment that could showcase the expertise internationally as well. Cleantech refers to the technologic solutions, services, innovations and products that help reduce the environmental burden caused by people. It is one of the fastest growing business sectors in the world.

More information:

Petri Nykänen, Tredea Oy, tel. +358 40 806 2375
Pauli Välimäki, The City of Tampere, tel. +358 40 801 6035
Timo Antikainen, The City of Tampere, tel. +358 50 321 1279
Henry Moisio, The City of Nokia, tel. +358 40 779 9003