Future Sustainable Workplaces Seminar

How do you build a sustainable factory prepared for the challenges that the future will bring? What are the megatrends of tomorrow that will shape the factories that we build today? What are the main issues to be confronted and what does the world of manufacturing look like in the coming decades? These are some of the topics that will be presented during the Future Sustainable Factories by some very exciting actors who are taking on the challenge of building the factories of the future!


Chamber music hall (Vaasa City Hall)
Wednesday 17 March
14:30 - 16:15


Welcome to Smart Energy

14:30 Opening and welcome by the Future Cleantech Solutions project

14:35 Wärtsilä Smart Technology Hub – a new centre of cocreation, product development and production in Vaasa

Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa. The Smart Technology Hub is the latest tangible step in Wärtsilä’s vision of smart shipping and a smart energy sector. The hub will be unique in its field, enabling more agile, more efficient testing and product development of solutions for the maritime, oil and gas industries, as well as new energy systems. The Smart Technology Hub will invite other operators in the sectors and researchers to collaborate. The vision is to create a partners’ campus where research and product development take place in tandem with Wärtsilä’s customers and suppliers, start-ups in the sector and universities.

Juha Päivike
Smart Technology Hub, Wärtsilä Finland Oy
Kenneth Widell
Sr Project Manager
Smart Technology Hub, Wärtsilä Finland Oy

14:55 Komatsu Forest - The building of a future-proof factory - laying the foundation for the next generation of forest machine production with focus on sustainability

Komatsu Forest is leading the way in the forest with a unique combination of market-leading forestry machines and pioneering service concepts. Our entire operations are characterized by taking responsibility, resource management, and an open attitude toward documenting and reporting environmental results. Komatsu Forest in Umeå is implementing one of the largest investments in industrial Sweden right now, building a new factory that meets the needs here and now, but also gives room to grow for the future.

Anna Fredriksson
Plant Manager
Komatsu Forest

15:15 Future at Boliden Kokkola - Combining soft skills with heavy industry

Boliden has been exploring, extracting and processing base metals and precious metals for more than 90 years. Our production is based on experience, innovation, modern technology and developed in collaboration with Nordic technology and engineering companies. Today, we are an industry leader in terms of sustainable metal production from deposits to recycling used metals. Our overall goal is to create profitability and growth in a responsible manner with consideration for people, the environment and society.

Annele Heikkilä has strong knowledge of emotional intelligence and ability to strengthen other people’s professional identity. Competence development in different fields has been her passion for the past 21 years. Annele believes that teaching others is the most powerful way of learning, also in the future.

Annele Heikkilä
Competence Development Manager
Boliden Kokkola

15:35 Wapice - Digital platforms in manufacturing industry

Founded in 1999, Wapice is a Finnish full-service software company whose solutions are used by domain leading industrial companies around the world. We offer close technology partnership and digital services to our customers. Our goal is to make the best use of digitalization opportunities. We enhance our customer’s business and bring them to the forefront of digitalization. The success of our customers is vital to us as it also a precondition for our own success.

Jyrki Keskinen
Energy Business Line Director

15:55 Panel discussion


Dr. Karita Luokkanen-Rabetino
Project Manager
VEBIC, University of Vaasa

The organizer: Future Cleantech Solutions

Future Cleantech Solutions is a project that promotes cleantech companies' opportunities for concrete business- and cooperation in a manner that strengthens their prospects of doing business on regional, national and international markets by enhancing the practical information on business and collaboration opportunities within the Kvarken region, developing a new model that supports concrete cross-border business partnerships, and supporting the development of new and existing cross-border clusters.

Mauritz Knuts

Project Manager, VASEK
tel: +358 50 306 8419

Triinu Varblane

International Business Developer, Technology Center MERINOVA
tel: +358 (0)44 332 3134