The forest industry has always been the backbone of the High Coast region. Sawmills and timber and pulp industries have lined our coast for centuries. In the 17th century, the region was the largest and most concentrated export cluster in sawn wood material in the world.
Tradition and innovation create new business opportunities
When we entered the digital era and the demand for newsprint and office paper declined, our key industry came to a turning point. Realizing the industry needed to modernize or die, the innovative and forward-thinking researchers and the visionary entrepreneurs of the High Coast came together and managed to modernize the industry and secure the region’s reputation as global leader in forestry and bioeconomy.
Today, a majority of modern pulp mills, panelboard production units and biorefineries worldwide use processes and technologies developed in the High Coast region in their production and research.
A Green New World
Sweden has long been a global frontrunner when it comes to green innovation and the bioeconomy area is particularly far ahead when it comes to environmentally friendly development. A lot of effort has been put in to finding new application areas for using the Swedish forest as a renewable resource, and the green products, technologies and methods of tomorrow are gradually accelerating.
The regional cluster of the Swedish High Coast is leading this transition along with international partners through global networks. The wide range of cluster members — universities, research centers, joint ventures, science parks, open bio plants, start-up incubators and market leading producers of pulp, board, paper, biofuels and green chemistries — enable a unique ecosystem of innovations and industrial excellence.
Bioeconomy investments in the High Coast — this is why
- The ”rawnewable” material. There is a large abundance of natural resources (biomaterial, water, energy) and 100% of the energy produced in the region is renewable. The supply of biomass from sustainably managed forests is increasing and Sweden is committed to leading the transition toward a society based on renewable materials.
- The giants. The High Coast area has a large installed industrial base within the forestry industry with world-renowned companies such as SCA, Mondi, Valmet, Metsä, AkzoNobel and Aditya Birla.
- The industrial competence. The region holds world leading international suppliers of equipment and services for the process industries as well as specialized engineering, maintenance and workshop companies that are serving the industries in the region and globally.
- The outstanding infrastructure. Sweden is known for its excellent infrastructure and in the High Coast area it is specifically designed for managing large volumes of biomaterial.
- The cutting edge R&D. Sweden has access to a large number of different testbeds and a strong know-how. The High Coast region alone has several world-leading research centers and universities. Here you find the most concentrated testbed environment of demonstration and pilot plants in the world, of which many have international acknowledgement. The R&D is also supported through substantial funding from both private and public sources, which drives basic and applied R&D in developing new products and processes from the tree.
- The environmental awareness. Sweden is the home of a large number of multinational companies such as Tetrapak, IKEA, Volvo, Ericsson, Atlas Copco, H&M, SCA and Sandvik. Central to their success and competitiveness is their strong sense of corporate social responsibility and this is particularly shown by their use of sustainable materials. Swedish consumers are also known for having a strong sense of environmental care and awareness.
- The industrial smartness. Swedish industry has a tradition of successfully creating holistic solutions and integrated systems — instrumental components when breaking new ground in complex value chains.
The High Coast bioeconomy sector