Kimmo Järvinen appointed Managing Director of Finnish Wood Research Oy

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Kimmo Järvinen has extensive and diverse experience of research and marketing in the forest cluster and he has served in countries such Japan, the USA and Holland over his lengthy international career. His most recent position was Director of Research and Technology at Tamfelt and he has earlier also worked as a sales and marketing executive.

"Kimmo Järvinen was chosen to lead an organisation that is tasked with modernising and spurring the
industry’s research activities. His balanced mix of competence in international business and in the world of research was exactly what we were looking for when choosing a head for FWR, an organisation that coordinates the research efforts of the wood products industry. In Kimmo, these great qualities combine with a strong forward-looking attitude," says Matti Mikkola, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Finnish Wood Research Oy.

Finnish Wood Research Oy was established in March 2009 to spur the joint research efforts of the wood products industry. The research community is tasked with the launching of the wood products industry’s research and innovation programmes, the channelling of funding into commonly selected focal areas of research and with organising international research cooperation. Preliminary studies have already been launched on the suitability of wood for low-energy building, the sawmilling and processing technologies of the future as well as on the recyclability, reuse and final disposal of all wood products.

The wood products industry published a common research strategy in autumn 2008; it established a base on which Finnish Wood Research Oy will aim to build a more comprehensive foundation of innovative expertise that will facilitate the renewal of the wood products cluster and promote the creation of new, robust business activities in Finland.

The charter members of the new research community are Ekovilla Oy, Metsäliitto Cooperative, Ruukki Group, Stora Enso Timber Ltd, Tikkurila Ltd and UPM-Kymmene Plc. The community is actively seeking new partners both from within the industry and from among actors that are close to the wood products segment.

Further information:

Kimmo Järvinen, Managing Director, Finnish Wood Research Oy, tel. +358 40 720 6311

Matti Mikkola, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Stora Enso Timber, tel. +358 40 829 4026