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The Paper Province economic association
The Paper Province ekonomisk förening / Paper Province

Sweden: North-Central Sweden
Sandra Sundbäck

Overview

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About us

Paper Province vision is to be a leading competence node for forest-based bioeconomy. With bioeconomy we mean using natural feedstock as input to process industry, and expending minimum amounts of energy and waste, as all materials discarded by a process should be utilized as inputs for another process. An important part of the strategy is to create a large-scale demonstrator where we from a service perspective can verify, test and support development of new business models, services and products derived from the forest-based industries value chain. The long-term aim is to create a transition from an industrial community to a innovation society.

The strategy is structured around three levels;

  • Traditional mills and sawmills with existing infrastructure and side-streams with development potential.

  • Services, users and processes that connect forest raw material with stakeholders in the region.

  • Communication to learn about market needs and global challenges and to spread results. SME:s are a central part of this strategy contributing with new ideas and having the capability to grow and create new value. 

Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 115
    Cluster Members
  • 53
    SME's
  • 48
    Large Companies
  • 4
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 10
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

  • 2007 European Cluster Observatory recognised Paper Province as one of seven “Top European Clusters in High Innovation Regions”, the only one in Sweden, after audited 2110 clusters in Europe.
  • 2010 European Cluster Observatory recognised Paper Province as one of 100 European clusters that are world class clusters.
  • 2013 Paper Province got the assignment from The Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova) to invest in a regional forest based bioeconomy. The value of the investment is approximately 130 million SEK over ten years.

WE RECIEVED HELP WITH MARKETING AND AN APPLICATION FOR PROJECT FUNDS Paper Province helped us apply for development funds from The Swedish Innovation Agency and to write and disseminate press releases about the project, which has given us public attention in Sweden and internationally. Per Emilsson, Head of marketing, UMV Coating Systems AB

Management team

Sandra Sundbäck
Cluster Manager
Magnus Persson
Internationalisation Responsible

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A02 Forestry and logging - Manufacturing:C16 Manufacture of wood and of products of wood and cork, except furniture; manufacture of articles of straw and plaiting materials - Manufacturing:C17 Manufacture of paper and paper products
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing - D\: Textiles; paper:Paper-making; production of cellulose - E\: Fixed constructions:Building
S3 EU priority areas
Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Eco-innovations - Sustainable innovation:Resource efficiency - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable production & consumption - Sustainable innovation:Waste management
Cross-sectoral industries
Advanced Packaging

Services

Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME INTERREG Other

Name & description

2013-2023 The Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova) VINNVÄXT: Leading European competence node for forest-based bio-economy 2013-2015 The Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova):  Algae culturing at pulp- and paper industries for sustainable production of bio-oil   

Project name

2015-2016 COSME: Cluster Excellence Management 2015-2018 European Regional Development Fund:  Strengthening research , technological development and innovation 2015-2018 Interreg Sweden-Norway: Innovative environments  2015-2016 BSR Innovation Express: Accelerating Bio-Economy Innovation from SME 2013-2014 BSR Innovation Express: More innovation from SME with inter-cluster strategy 2011-2013 Interreg IVC: Brain-Flow/Best Practice in Cluster Management 2011-2014 European Regional Development Fund: Consolidation, cross-sector development 2009-2010 European Regional Development Fund: Realization, test cross-sector development 2007-2008 European Regional Development Fund: Start-up, create technical development platforms 2004-2006 Interreg IIIC: CLOE-Clusters linked over Europe

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Canada

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Denmark
Finland
Portugal
Spain

Transnational support activites

Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Upcoming events

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Latest news and documents

News Published: 04.06.2021
Stora Enso takes a leading position on the Paper Province board
News Published: 23.02.2021
Paper Province supports research on cross-laminated timber
News Published: 23.10.2020
The Swedish forest cluster Paper Province wins gold - again
News Published: 07.09.2020
50 forest innovations to accelerate the “green recovery”