Since we started in 1999, we have initiated a number of efforts that have strengthened the regional bioeconomy. However, we are not satisfied – our work to lead society into the future with the help of the forest continues.

Our corporate cluster with 120 member companies was started in 1999 by seven companies with a common need – recruiting competent staff. The initial need was later developed to the present Paper Province – where we collaborate to use forest raw materials to achieve a sustainable society.

Paper Province is constantly working to strengthen technology development and energy efficiency, in collaboration with key stakeholders within the idustry. We are known for bringing together the brightest stars in the forest industry, covering the entire value chain. That’s why many call us the Silicon Valley of the forest.

Paper Province is now a world-leading cluster within the forest bio-economy. And we will continue to be.

1999

The Paper Province project starts

2003

The Paper Province becomes an organisation with 20 member companies.

The technology club "Lusten" starts at Värmlands museum, a step in creating attractiveness for technology and paper technology in particular.

2004

The investment at Karlstad Technology Center begins. A major investment in post-secondary education in a project in collaboration between Karlstad Municipality and The Paper Province.

The Paper Province launches The Packaging Greenhouse. In this stand-alone industrial research environment, customers can test different basic materials and raise their skills with the help of tailor-made and process-oriented training.

2005

The Paper Province is one of the initiators of the The Packaging Arena project - later a member organisation - an innovative environment for consumer-driven packaging development.

2007

The Paper Province is named Top 16 "Top European Clusters in High Innovation Regions" - the only one in Sweden.

The same year, The Paper Province launched the project The Energy Square - A new international center for energy efficiency in the paper and pulp industry - also a link between universities, institutes and companies.

2010

The Paper Province is named a world-class European cluster, and gets ranked on the 100 list of the best clusters in the world, now with 90 member companies.

2013

The Paper Province is named winner in Vinnova's competition for regions - Vinnväxt.

2014

The Paper Province changes its name to Paper Province and changes its statutes so that the purpose of the association is now to be a global leader in forest-based bioeconomy.

2015

Paper Province merges with Packaging Arena and gains important expertise in packaging development.

2017

Paper Province is awarded with the EU's highest cluster award - Cluster Management Excellence Gold. Thanks to the gold label, the doors are opened for new projects and collaborations, both nationally and internationally.

2019

Paper Province turns 20 and celebrates with an anniversary party together with Värmland's business community.

2020

Paper Province is once again awarded the EU's highest distinction for clusters – Cluster Management Excellence Gold. Sandra Sundbäck becomes the new CEO of Paper Province.

2021

Paper Province sets a record in the number of member companies, employees, and collaborative projects.

2022

Paper Province forms a new vision:: We lead society into the future with the help of the forest. The new industry event Connected By Roots is launched

2023

The Bioboosters concept is launched together with international collaborative partners. Bioboosters are innovation hackathons aimed at developing sustainable, circular, and bioeconomic solutions.

2024

Paper Province is awarded the Cluster Management Excellence Gold for the third time and celebrates 25 years as a cluster. Matilda Iverlund is appointed new CEO.