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The Paper Province ekonomisk förening

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Monday, 1 March, 1999
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
Norra Mellansverige
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Gold Label
Other Label: 
World-Class Cluster
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
Cluster Manager
Internationalisation Responsible
Languages spoken: 
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Paper and Packaging
Production Technology and Heavy Machinery
Technology fields: 
Paper Technology
Pulp Technology
S3 EU priority areas: 
Bio fuels & energy efficiency
Wood & paper (except furniture)
Emerging industries: 
Advanced Packaging
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
Number of SME members: 
Number of larger company members: 
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Organisation/Facility NameOrganisation/Facility TypeWebsite
STING Bioeconomy
Karlstad Innovation Park
Co-working Space
Name and link of major players: 
Stora Enso Skoghall Mill
Larger Company
BillerudKorsnäs Gruvön Mill
Larger Company
Valmet Tissue Business
Larger Company
Research Organisation
Karlstad University
Larger Company
Larger Company
Cluster Strategy

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. 

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Support services provided: 
Access to public support (regional/national programmes, innovation vouchers, etc.)
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Promotion of activities (marketing/ visibility)
Support of knowledge transfer
Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Support to collaborative activities/etc.
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Merinova, Finland
Cluster de Energia, Spain
EnergyIN, Portugal
Tretorget, Norway
INBIOM, Denmark
JAMK, Finland
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameLinkName & Description (Regional/National)

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

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   

Success Story / 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

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Grow within the forest-based bioeconomy!

The region has more than 200 companies working in the forest based bioeconomy. No other place in the world have such a high concentration of competence and expertise in the pulp, paper and packaging. If you want to become a part to our work in creating a more sustainable future where resources are used in the most efficient way you are welcome to contact the world class cluster Paper Province!