Mr Pesonen emphasised the significance of the bioeconomy to Finland’s well-being – now and in the future. He pointed out that forest industry investments are growing. Strengthening the sector’s competitiveness and continued positive development requires actions from decision makers also.
“Three important themes stand out in forest industry lobbying, and the Finnish government plays a role in all. First of all, the government must hold on to its promise that industry’s costs will not be increased during this term. Cost pressures can be mitigated by quickly adopting Emissions Trading Scheme compensation in full”, Mr Pesonen said.
“Secondly, the labour market requires urgent reform. The government must reduce unit labour costs, if the central labour organisations fail to do so. The labour market expects the government to be consistent regarding all decisions related to working life,” Mr Pesonen said.
“Thirdly, wood raw material availability is an issue. No bioeconomy or renewable energy targets will be met if the wood markets do not grow,” he added.
The Finnish Forest Industries Federation’s board chairman and deputy chairmen continue in their roles and no changes were made to the composition of the Executive Committee. In 2016, Metsä Group’s President and CEO, Kari Jordan, and Stora Enso’s CFO, Seppo Parvi, will continue as deputy chairmen of the board. In addition to the chairmen, next year’s Executive Committee includes Haapajärven Ha-Sa Managing Director Kalle Kantola, Versowood Managing Director Ville Kopra, Sappi Finland Operations Mill Director Martti Savelainen, and Vapo CEO Tomi Yli-Kyyny.
The autumn meeting elected a total of 29 board members:
Managing Director Jussi Aine, Puustelli Group Oy
CEO Sampo Antti, Corenso United Oy Ltd
Executive Vice President, Head of Stora Enso Paper Division Kati ter Horst, Stora Enso Paper
Managing Director Risto Hovi, BillerudKorsnäs Finland Oy
CEO Ilkka Hämälä, Metsä Fibre Oy
CEO Markku Hämäläinen, Kotkamills Oy
President and CEO Kari Jordan, Metsä Group
Chairman of the Board Lauri Junnila, Pankaboard Oy
Managing Director Kalle Kantola, Haapajärven Ha-Sa Oy
CEO Pekka Kauranen, Harvestia Oy
CEO Ville Kopra, Versowood Oy
Managing Director Karri Koskela, DS Smith Packaging Finland Oy
CEO Juha Koukka, Savon Sellu Oy
General Manager Juha Kuusisto, Veljet Kuusisto Oy
Managing Director Heikki Merikoski, Oy SWM-Wood Ltd
Mill Director Heikki Mustaniemi, Oy SCA Hygiene Products Ab
Managing Director Kari Nikkanen, Olavi Räsänen Oy
Chief Financial Officer Seppo Parvi, Stora Enso Oyj
President and CEO Jussi Pesonen, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Managing Director Kyösti Pöyry, Paperinkeräys Oy
Managing Director Tommi Ruha, Kuhmo Oy
Chairman of the Board Pekka Sairanen, Puusepänteollisuus ry
Mill Director Martti Savelainen, Sappi Finland Operations Oy
CEO Sixten Sunabacka, Tornator Oyj
Vice President, Production Matti-Pekka Vanninen, Jujo Thermal Oy
President, UPM Energy and Pulp Business Group Heikki Vappula, UPM-Kymmene Corporation
Managing Director Jouko Virranniemi, Pölkky Oy
Managing Director Sakari Wallin, Suomen Kuitulevy Oy
Managing Director Tomi Yli-Kyyny, Vapo Oy
For more information, please contact Director General Timo Jaatinen, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. + 358 9 132 6600