Christine Hagström-Näsi appointed Managing Director of Metsäklusteri Oy

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Christine Hagström-Näsi has been appointed Managing Director of Metsäklusteri Oy, an innovation company that was established in spring 2007. Hagström-Näsi holds a Licentiate in Technology and she was previously employed as Director of the Forest and Chemical Industries branch of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. She will assume her new position on 17.9.2007.

In March 2007, some of the forest cluster’s leading companies joined forces with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) and four different universities to establish Metsäklusteri Oy. The company is tasked with the initiation of research programmes and the channelling of research funding to the strategic centre of science, technology and innovation for the forest cluster. The aim is to shape the centre into the world’s strongest innovation environment for the forest cluster.

“Metsäklusteri Oy will become a forerunner for the sector. Cooperation between companies and research units in the industry as well as with public research funders will create an entirely new concept for spurring innovation. This is a significant new opening for both the forest cluster and Finland,” says Christine Hagström-Näsi. She has a long association with research and research funding in the forest and chemicals industries and was involved with the establishment of the strategic centre of science, technology and innovation for the forest cluster from the very beginning.

“Hagström-Näsi’s experience in both the arranging of funding for research activities as well as in the organisation of research programmes is extensive. She has strong networks within the forest cluster as well as in related research organisations, both here in Finland and especially internationally. The Board of Directors of Metsäklusteri is very pleased that Christine Hagström-Näsi has agreed to take charge of this initiative, which is of great significance to the sector,” says Pauli Hänninen, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Metsäklusteri Oy.  


Further information

Christine Hagström-Näsi, Director, Tekes, up to 16.9.2007
Tel. +358 (0)50 557 7822, christine.hagstrom-nasi@tekes.fi

Pauli Hänninen, Executive Vice President (Technology), UPM; Chairman, Metsäklusteri Oy
Tel. +358 (0)20 415 0543, pauli.hanninen@upm-kymmene.com


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Christine Hagström-Näsi’s employment history and positions of responsibility


1991 – 2007 Technology and Innovation Development Centre, Tekes

  • Various positions, Director of the Forest and Chemical Industries branch since the beginning of 2006

1989 -1990    Cultor Oy, Research Centre

  • Senior researcher

1985 – 1989   Oy Keskuslaboratorio Ab

  • Researcher

1978 – 1985 Helsinki University of Technology, Department of Forest Products Technology

  • Forest products chemistry research assistant and instructor


Positions of responsibility:

·         Member of the Ministry of the Interior’s Centre of Expertise working group

·         Member of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland’s Advisory Board and its Executive Committee

·         Member of the Finnish Paper Engineers’ Association’s Future Forum 

·         Member of the Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform’s Advisory Committee  


Metsäklusteri Oy

Metsäklusteri Oy was established in March 2007 and tasked with the initiation of research programmes associated with the strategic centre for science, technology and innovation as well as with the channelling of private and public funding for these projects. The Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland granted Metsäklusteri Oy with the status of strategic centre for science, technology and innovation in May 2007.  


The shareholders of Metsäklusteri Oy are:

Stora Enso, UPM, Metsäliitto Group, M-real, Oy Metsä-Botnia, Myllykoski, Metso, Kemira, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Andritz, Tamfelt, VTT, Metla, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Åbo Akademi University and the University of Jyväskylä.


Strategic centres for science, technology and innovation

The Science and Technology Policy Council of Finland has decided that five Finnish centres of excellence in science, technology and innovation will be established in the initial phase – respectively, these will concentrate on energy and the environment, metal products and mechanical engineering, the forest cluster, health and well-being, and the information and communication industry and services. The forest cluster centre is the first to commence operation.

The strategic centres of excellence are a new way of concentrating scattered research resources into projects that are significant for companies and society. Companies, universities and research institutions agree on a common research plan at the centres. The research plan has the aim of answering corporate application-oriented needs within a 5-10 year period. In addition to the shareholders, public providers of funding like Tekes and the Academy of Finland have made a long-tem commitment to fund the centres.