Last update date 26 May 2023
Region Värmland, together with the cluster initiative Paper Province, has established itself as a leading region in the forest-based bioeconomy. In the early 2000s, Paper Province started with services tailored to the needs of the pulp and paper industry, but decided to work towards a holistic industrial ecosystem for forest-based industries. Since 2013, the cluster management has been working towards building an effective innovation hub with participation of industry and science, an incubator, testbeds and other intermediaries. The cluster benefits from strong support for cluster-based economic development by the region and targeted support programmes by the region for industrial transition. Close collaboration among Värmland’s regional cluster initiatives facilitates green and digital transition and overcoming specific industry challenges. All regional clusters have played an essential role in drafting both the regional development and smart specialisation strategy, which aim to lead to a more sustainable and resilient economy in the region.