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Paper Province and the regional forest bioeconomy get noticed on Portuguese television

3 May, 2021

From Lisbon to Stockholm. This is the name of the program series on the Portuguese TV channel RTP, which draws attention to the power of innovation in Värmland through, among others, Paper Province, LignoCity and The Wood Region. The interviews with Maria Ölmhult, project manager for LignoCity, Paul Nemes, vice president at Paper Province, Gunnar…

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Mikael 3D-prints innovative ski pole using raw materials from the forest

12 April, 2021

A ski pole that enables cross-country skiers to increase their speed even more than is currently possible. This is what cross-country skier and innovator Mikael Östberg is busy developing. Thanks to a partnership with The Wood Region, a Swedish test centre, his innovation could be ready by next season. “The biggest advantages are won when…

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An action plan for a digital Värmland takes shape

29 March, 2021

Värmland is collaborating with two other European regions within the framework of the EU project DigiTeRRI to support digital development. Two out of three workshops have been held and an action plan is starting to take shape. Around 50 representatives of companies, the public sector, and organisations came together to identify needs and generate ideas…

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Vestas Ventures invests in wood technology company Modvion

18 February, 2021

Leading global wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems invests in Swedish wood technology company Modvion. The intention is to accelerate market adoption and scale-up the production of wooden wind turbine towers. Vestas is interested in using the wooden towers in its product line as part of a more sustainable product offering for customers. Modvion’s wooden…

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Corona helped UMV find new ways

11 November, 2020

UMV Coating Systems is thriving. The business has grown with new machinery and products, and the company recently won a large order from Stora Enso. UMV’s pilot machine is used by customers from all over the world. In March, however, it did not look as hopeful. UMV Coating Systems in Säffle, Sweden, has a pilot…

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Stora Enso launches formed fiber food service bowls to replace plastics

29 October, 2020

Stora Enso is introducing new eco-friendly take-away bowls for food service packaging, PureFiber™ by Stora Enso. The products are designed to help customers replace plastic on-the-go food packaging. The bowls are being brought to market together with the wholesale company Tingstad. Stora Enso’s formed fiber products are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable,…

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Paper Province wins gold – again

21 October, 2020

For the second time, Paper Province has succeeded in achieving “gold” level of an internationally recognized certification. The award is the principal quality label that a cluster management can receive and means that Paper Province ranks as one of the best business clusters in the world. The Cluster Organisation Management Excellence Label Gold, “Gold Label”…

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Arboair is the winner of the innovation competition What Wood You Do

27 September, 2020

On September 24, the final of the international innovation competition “What Wood You Do”, was decided in Karlstad. The winner was Arboair, which uses drones, colour shift analysis and artificial intelligence to scan the forest for infected or stressed trees. Bark beetle infested trees are one of the most costly and fastest growing problems in…

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Competition finalist SilviBio’s seed capsule increases the germination rate of conifers

22 September, 2020

SilviBio is the sixth finalist in the innovation competition What Wood You Do. They have invented a bio-based survival capsule for tree seedlings that boosts the germination by up to 40 percent. On Thursday, September 24, they will pitch their idea to the jury with a chance to win EUR 25,000. The need to grow…

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Wooden tower set to reduce carbon dioxide footprint from future wind turbines

21 September, 2020

Vattenfall and Modvion have entered into collaboration on using wooden towers for onshore wind turbines, a venture expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing by at least 25 percent. Vattenfall will be assessing Modvion’s wooden tower for potential use in future wind farms. “During their life cycles, Vattenfall’s wind turbines already have very low…

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