Lapland’s rich renewable and non-renewable natural resources have given rise to strong production units (mining, steel, paper, board, pulp, mechanical wood and energy) that directly employ thousands of people. Even more people are employed by industrial service companies.
The RDI activities of Lapland UAS focus on key competence areas of national and international importance:
• optical measuring technology
• materials technology
• operation and maintenance
• knowledge of the Arctic environment and ICT.
By applying these, companies can develop their own activities, products, services and new business models.
The ability to meet the requirements of world-class companies operating in the area also enables exports and their growth.
At the same time, industry is globally moving from purchasing products to purchasing services, which means that the responsibility for the life-cycle management of products lies with the seller. In this sense, the activities are closely linked with circular economy.
Safety in Arctic mining means paying attention to sensitive natural conditions, highlighting responsibility and ensuring the occupational well-being and safety of the entire value chain, including subcontractors.