Vinnova, The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, has appointed The Paper Province one of three winners in the Vinnväxt-competition. This grants the world-class pulp and paper industry cluster a total of 130 million Swedish krona from Vinnova and regional financiers over the next ten years.
– I am so glad that our work in developing and renewing the traditional forest industry is paying off. This is a huge recognition for our member companies and everyone else who has committed them self in The Paper Province. This grant will enable us to strengthen our position as one of the leading forestry clusters, says Maria Hollander, CEO of The Paper Province.
– This is the result of a well executed preparatory work, where many parties have been engaged. I am glad on behalf of The Paper Province and the county of Värmland. This investment will have a great impact on the development of our county in a great number of ways, says Tomas Riste, regional commisioner of Region Värmland.
Research, development and commercialisation
The total budget for the project is 130 million Swedish krona over ten years. Half comes from Vinnova, and half from regional financiers such as Region Värmland, University of Karlstad, municipalities, The County Agency, The County Council, SP, Swedish Forest Agency and members of The Paper Province.
The granted funds will be used to research, develop and commercialise new forest industrial products and services, as well as increasing overall efficiency in the industry and the Värmland innovation system.
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The Paper Province is a world-class cluster owned and managed by over 100 member companies in Värmland and the surrounding region. Companies ranging from global giants to local suppliers represent the entire value chain and associated services, with activities in more than 100 countries.
Through collaboration between industry, academia and public stakeholders, member companies develop and improve their own and the region's competitiveness. Independent surveys show that The Paper Province's activities lead to new products and services, increased sales and more jobs.