October 2019, cross-border digitalization project DigiProcess - Supporting digitalization of process industry ecosystems: Developing service ecosystems among process industry and SMEs began. The project is coordinated by Lapland University of Technology. Other project partners include Luleå University of Technology, University of Oulu, IUC Norrbotten, Kemi Technology Park Digipolis and NIHAK. The project will continue until the end of the year 2022 and its part of EU funded Interreg Nord -program which goal is to improve the economic and social development of north Finland, north Sweden, north Norwey and Sápmi.

Left: Peetu Virkkala from University of Oulu is presenting Digiprocess project in University Business Forum at Oulu, Finland, 16.10.2019. Right: Martti Saarela from University of Oulu is presenting possibilities of DigiProcess project for SMEs in business development event at Sikalatva, Finland, 27.11.2019

The main goal of the DigiProcess is to support the development of digital services and ecosystems in the northern regions between SMEs and industry companies. During the project, industry and country specific co-operation is evolved to cross-border co-operation. In practice this is done by forming co-operation ecosystems between the companies which companies use to develop and innovate digital products and services together with other companies in ecosystems. As a result of this co-operation, digital competence of Nordic companies improves and new co-operation networks are born that help companies meet digitalization challenges from now to the future. Co-operation ecosystems are created at least to SMEs and industry companies in metal, bio, forest, mining and energy industries.

Interreg Nord program-area

More info about the project gives: Jani Sipola, Project Manager, Lapland University of Applied Science, +358 50 316 7677, Jani.Sipola@lapinamk.fi

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