Technology is one of Savonlinna’s target industries. The main products and services designed and manufactured in Savonlinna for international markets include equipment for the chemical forest industry, water treatment and environmental technology, automation, metal parts manufacturing, composites, ICT, electricity distribution systems and the electrical engineering industry.
1. Forest industry
Savonlinna boasts the largest concentration of mechanical forest industry in Europe. The Metsä Group, Punkaharju Plywood Mill and Kerto-Wood factory manufacture specialist veneers and veneers and beams that serve as metal substitutes. UPM Plywood Mill in Savonlinna specialises in long and large veneers, which are supplied to the automotive and other industries. Product development is intensive and continuous. Several saw mills and SMEs manufacturing wooden products also operate in Savonlinna.
2. Manufacture of equipment for the pulp and paper industry
The global expertise of the Andritz group in e.g. manufacturing pulp fibre washers and sorters is concentrated in the Savonlinna region. The Andritz Savonlinna Works manufacturing facility has produced DD washers for the world’s largest pulp factories in South America and Asia and will deliver the main equipment to a new bioproduct factory owned by MetsäFibre in Äänekoski. This top expertise in manufacturing equipment for the pulp and paper industry also gives work to Saimatec Engineering, a paper roll wrapping system manufacturer, and other sub-contractor plants in the region.
In the pulp-processing sector, Savonlinna also features MAMK Fiberlaboratory, which carries out research into the optimisation of refining processes and new equipment solutions in conjunction with Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences and Lappeenranta University of Technology.
Wetend Technologies Ltd of Savonlinna represents one of the most significant new innovations in the paper and board industry. Aquaflow Oy, part of the global Veolia Water Technologies, designs and delivers water and sludge treatment systems for the global forest industry and other industries and municipalities in the Baltic Sea region. A significant number of growing metal works firms are also located in Savonlinna. A good example of this specialized know-how is Joros Oy - the biggest metal pipe systems manufacturer in Finland.
3. Electrical engineering industry
All types of equipment relating to the supply of electricity, such as transformers and substations, are designed and manufactured in Savonlinna.
The production plants of the largest domestic substation manufacturer, Norelco Oy, are situated in Savonlinna.
Incredibly powerful industrial computers and measuring equipment are manufactured here by Control Express Finland Oy, as is the world’s leading communication equipment, Savox Communication. 3K-Factory of Electronics supports equipment manufacturing and new product development and product tests.
4. Research and product development
The development of pulp technology, new innovations in bioprocessing, optimisation in the use of smart materials and new innovations in water treatment all offer interesting opportunities for the industry.