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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Thursday, 29 November, 2001
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Hedmark og Oppland
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Ola Erik
Rostad
Cluster Manager
+4791153636
ola@tretorget.no
Languages spoken: 
English
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Construction Products and Services
Forestry
Technology fields: 
Materials, components and systems for construction
Biobased materials
S3 EU priority areas: 
Forestry & logging
Construction of buildings
Emerging industries: 
Environmental Industries
Logistical Services
Areas of specialisation of the cluster not covered above: 
Mechanical wood industry
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
58
Number of SME members: 
40
Number of larger company members: 
5
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
7
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Moelven Industrier
Larger Company
Bergene Holm AS
Larger Company
Boligpartner AS
Larger Company
Forestia AS
Larger Company
Glommen Skog SA
Larger Company
Statskog SF
Larger Company
Treteknisk
Research Organisation
NTNU Gjøvik
University
HiHm Evenstad
University
NIBIO
Research Organisation
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Most members are located in the two counties Hedmark and Oppland, but we also have members in the northern part of Akershus county. This is the largest and most important forest region in Norway. The counties of Hedmark and Oppland:

  • Have 28% of the Norwegian forest resources (area)
  • Have 40% of the annual cutting/harvesting of forest in Norway
  • Have 42% (1.4 billion NOK) of the total Norwegian value creation in primary forestry
  • Have 26% (3 billion NOK) of the Norwegian value creation in lumber and wood products
  • Have more than 4.000 employees in this value chain.
  • Have more than 280 companies organized as corporations with at least one employee and a turnover of at least 1 million NOK + architects and consultants.
  • Have no pulp and paper industry and very little production of furniture, but we produce nearly everything for production of wooden houses (wood building products).
  • Have the headquarter for Moelven Industrier who are the biggest sawmill company in Norway. They also have production of glue lam and wooden container houses.
  • Have the headquarter for Forestia who are the biggest particle board (chip board) company in Norway. Hunton is a fiber-board company, and the headquarter of the fiber board producer Hunton Fiber.
  • Are a leading region for bio-energy in Norway (2 TWh and ca 1.000 employees). The biggest players are Eidsiva bioenergy, Solør Bioenergi, Oplandske bioenergi and Pemco.
  • The clustering process is focusing on sustainable, industrial construction and development of competitive solutions for urban areas.

The biggest producers of wooden houses are Boligpartner, HedAlm Anebyhus, HedAlm Byggtec, Moelven Byggmodul og Tinde Bygg. Some of the leading builders' merchants as Gausdal Landhandleri, NorDek/XL-bygg and Stangeskovene have their headquarters here.

The two companies Moelven Industrier and Bergene Holm have 80 % av the Norwegian production from sawmills. Both companies have big activity in the region. The region also have some of the biggest sawmills (Gausdal Bruvoll, ESAS, RingAlm Tre and Fåvang Sag & Høveleri),  plants for plaining (Alvdal Skurlag and Otta Sag & høvleri) and painting (Sandermoen) who are not a part of those two companies.

The two companies in Norway making poles of wood (Solør AgroTre and Scanpole) are located here. In the city of Elverum you will find the headquarter for some of the biggest timber-trading companies in Norway (Glommen Skog, SB Skog, Nortømmer and Stora Skog Norge).  The region also have the leading Norwegian companies for production of forest management plans (Mjøsen Skog and Foran).

You can find the headquarters for the importers of harvesters etc (John Deer, Ponsse, Komatsu Forest, Catepiller and Rottne) forestry in this region. There is no production of this type of equipment in the region. You will also find the headquarters for the importers of equipment for sawmill (Söderhamn Eriksson, Rema Control etc.). There is one manufacturer of equipment for the sawmill industry: Odden Verksted.

The cluster-organization is Tretorget. Tretorget was established in 2001 as a local innovation company for seven municipalities in the southern parts of Hedmark county. The company now covers the cluster geography, but also undertakes assignments elsewhere in both Norway and Sweden. Tretorget is organized as a corporation and the two largest sawmill businesses in Norway (Moelven and Bergene Holm) is the two largest private shareholders. Tretorgets mission is to make the innovation process more efficient and is helping the development of new businesses and to improve the performance of existing businesses. Tretorget has cross-clustering experiences with Paper Province and JAMK in Finland (Scandinavian Forest Industry Cluster), ByggDialog Dalarna, Steel & engineering and Compare in Sweden, INBIO and InnoBYG in Denmark and several clusters in Norway.

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
No
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Facilitation of cross-sectorial cooperation
Trend-scouting (Ideas for innovative projects)
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation outside Europe: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
European Cooperation
The main countries addressed by the cluster organisation in Europe: 
Austria
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Sweden
Our cluster organisation undertook the following activities in Europe to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
The Paper Province
JAMK
ecoplus
INBIO
InnoBYG
OREEC
ByggDialog Dalarna
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject Name
INTERREG
Other

Interreg ecoINSIDE

BSR Innovation Express ecoConstruct and ABEIS

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

The biggest sucess is that the bussinesses think that the cluster process is of stategical value for them. Because of this they also realy have taken the ownership of the process and our clusterorganization. This is also of great value for the other players in the Tripple Helix.

One of the biggest sucesses for the cluster is the tallest wood building for living in Bergen ("Treet i Bergen" - http://www.moelven.com/no/Aktuelt/Mediarom/Reportasjearkiv/Skreddersom-i...) made with competence from our region.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

We are one of Scandinavia's strongest business environment within the wood-working industry. We will exploit our advantages and our potential and be the driving force for industrial, green building. The world is on the way to nine billion inhabitants. In a few decades, 75% of the population live in mega-cities. The demand will be 14,000 new housing units every day. Moreover, one must find good climate solutions that can help the world when two-degree target. The cluster will cooperate with all other clusters that can help us to reach our goals. One will learn from the best in this and other industries, and raise competence at all stages of their value chain. Simultaneously developed industrial environment reputation so that the cluster can better compete for talent, expertise and capital.