Nordicum - Real Estate Annual Finland 2015 - Page 20

How Smart Is Your Industry? Combining expertise from various fields, Pori is pushing the boundaries of innovation with great results Rooted on strong industrial tradition, a number of Finnish cities is making the transition to smart cities of the future. One of the pioneering communities in this regard is Pori, located on the west coast of the country. With 85,000 inhabitants, Pori is the 11th biggest city in Finland – and, more importantly, the Pori City Region is the 7th biggest work and economic area in Finland with 138 000 inhabitants. According to a report by Ministry of Employment and the Economy, Pori City Region is among the top three most positively developing regions in the land and a key industrial powerhouse. F or decades, Pori has been known as the place for “heavy-duty” engineering. Several major international metal industry companies with their extensive subcontracting networks are located in the area, with a product offering that reaches from huge oil rigs to combo harvesters and solar panels. While the fields of industry are diverse, there is a common ground here: focus on innovation is the first and foremost issue for local companies. Perfect Package Kristian Vainio, Business Development Director for the City of Pori, says that the city combines hi-tech, energy and marine expertise in a rather unprecedented manner 18 Nordicum in Finland. “We have a great innovative setting, where there are breakthroughs made in various fields – and the entire ecosystem will benefit from this.” One example of this bridging of industries is the offshore wind power park that is to be constructed just off the Pori coast in Tahkoluoto. Suomen Hyötytu [H