Program 2023

Please also note that a maximum of 400 people can be accommodated in the seminars held at Kokkola City Hall. Registration for on-site seminars was closed on the 20th of November.

All days
11.11. Saturday
20.11. Monday
21.11. Nordic Hydrogen Forum
21.11. Tuesday
22.11. Wednesday
23.11. Thursday

The international Kokkola Material Week offers annual high-level coverage of current research and development prospects in the chemical, bio-economy and mineral economy sectors.

11.11. Saturday

Open Day @ Chydenia Center

Open Day @ Chydenia shopping center on Saturday from 11 to 14

Saturdays event brings out chemical industry, bioeconomy and battery technology to shoppers visiting Chydenia on the 11th of November.

In the event there are many participatory stands and companies operating in Kokkola Industrial Park area.

  • VR glasses with which you can visit the industrial-scale production facility under construction
  • A robot dog and a remote-controlled car
  • Different scientific research methods to be tested

-> Go around the stands, collect a stamp card full of stamps and come spin the wheel of fortune, for which everyone wins a small prize!

  • Sightseeing tours of the Kokkola Industrial Area (KIP) at 12:30 and 2:00 p.m.
  • Balloons

The event is free for visitors, welcome!

20.11. Monday


Central Ostrobothnia is growing and developing – are we ready for the change?

Industries are developing and growing, which means that diverse skills are needed now and in the future. This applies to the Kokkola region as well as the whole of Finland. Where and how to find skilled workforce? How to attract and retain newcomers? Above all – are we ready for the change? Follow the vibrant livestream with excellent speakers on Monday 20th of November and dive into the topic!  

Venue: Livestream from LIME-studio

Host: Kokkola Material Week host Johannes Malkamäki


Mika Palosaari
, Director General,
Centre of Economic Development, Transport and the Environment


Where to find workforce?
Statistical information on labor availability,

Elina Pylkkänen, Under-Secretary of State,
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland


Kokkola Industrial Park – the growing and developing industrial
area needs diverse skills, 
Lea Pellinen, HR manager
Umicore Finland Oy   


The perspective of higher education,
Jyrki Rajala, Talent Boost Coordinator,
Centria University of Applied Sciences


Working life and the demands of employees are changing – are we meeting the needs of future generations?


Panel discussion:
Central Ostrobothnia is growing and developing –
Are we ready for the change?


TE-live producer and host Jasmin Granholm


Closing remarks

21.11. Nordic Hydrogen Forum

KMW Side event

Venue: Kokkola Hall at Kokkola City Hall

More information and registration here >>> 

21.11. Tuesday

Opening Seminar

The seminar week opens officially on Tuesday 21st of November, when the Opening Seminar takes place at Kokkola City Hall. We will hear plenty of interesting and timely presentations about sustainable industrial development. Some of the speakers are already announced, but we are still hiding a couple of secrets up our sleeves… There will also be a great opportunity for networking while listening to the tunes of wonderful Kokkola based musicians.

Venue: Kokkola Hall at Kokkola City Hall

Host: Kokkola Material Week host Johannes Malkamäki




Welcome words, Stina Mattila, Mayor of Kokkola


Opening Speech, Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of the Environment


Why Finland is the best place to produce H2? Benjamin Haycraft, EVP of Europe, Plug Power


Taia Kronborg, Chief Business Officer, Lhyfe


Peter Tornberg, Chief Commercial Officer, OX2


Coffee and chats


EU Based battery supply chain: Umicore perspective, Tom Van Bellinghen, Senior Director OEM Marketing & Sales, Umicore


Battery recycling as an emerging business, Kenneth Ekman, Head of R&D and Concept Development, Battery Recycling, Fortum




Closing words, Jonne Sandberg, Development Director, City of Kokkola


Music by accordionist Antti Paalanen, food and networking

22.11. Wednesday


The GeoKokkola morning session on Wednesday 22nd of November will cover topics from the regionally central sustainable battery value chain to the closely related mineral and circular economy. This year the focus is on the clean transition, the EU’s new Battery Regulation and reviews from operators, as well as innovative measures to utilize raw materials in the mineral sector. GeoKokkola is co-organised by Geological Survey of Finland GTK, KPEDU and Kokkola University Centre Chydenius/University of Oulu.

Venue: Kokkola Hall at Kokkola City Hall

Host: Kokkola Material Week host Johannes Malkamäki




Keynote: Challenges and Bottlenecks for the Green Transition, Aleksi Salo, Team Manager, Geological Survey of Finland GTK


New EU Battery regulation – more focus on raw material streams, Jouni Nissinen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Environment of Finland


Finnish Battery Scene, Pia Vilenius, CEO, Finnish Battery Industries


Sibanye-Stillwater’s Keliber lithium project, Markus Kivimäki, Deputy CEO, Keliber Oy


Coffee break


Industrializing cathode material production, Julia Engström, Director, Northvolt AB


Implementing investments in battery value chain – learnings from Sweco perspective,  Hannu Johto, Battery Industry Lead, Sweco Industry Oy


This is how we apply Tapojärvi’s circular economy thinking in the Kolari mining project, Jaana Koivumaa, Manager, Hannukainen Mining


Sustainability as a driving force – TracegrowKimmo Hyvärinen, CEO, Tracegrow Oy


GeoKokkola seminar ends


The circular economy is a shift from the linear model, focusing on regenerative production and consumption. We’ll explore how businesses of all sizes can adopt circularity to reduce waste, conserve resources, and foster growth. Sidestream utilization is a key circular economy component, turning waste into valuable resources for environmental benefit, resource efficiency, and revenue. Join ReKokkola on Wednesday 22nd November for insights on transitioning from conventional to sustainable industry practices, featuring case studies of environmentally, socially, and economically responsible companies.

Venue: Kokkolasali at Kokkola City Hall

Host: Kokkola Material Week host Johannes Malkamäki


Opening words,

Virve Heikkinen, Environmental manager,  KIP Service &
Chairman of KIP Environmental group


Catalyzing sustainable circular economy: Case Kokkola Industrial Park, Hanna Lehtimäki, professor, University of Eastern Finland


New products from sidestreams of the bioproduct factory,
Johanna Laukkanen, Development Engineer, NordFuel


Transforming conventional oil refining into new era,
Juha Moilanen, Director, Strategic Project Development, Neste Oyj


Circular economy opportunities for textiles, Taina Kamppuri, Research Team Leader, VTT


Coffee break


Kokkola Industrial Park: Industrial circular economy over 50 years

  • New circular economy products
    Jarmo Sillanpää, Environmental manager, Boliden Kokkola Ltd
  • Changing the workwear service with circular economy
    Annastina Liedes, Business manager, Clewor Ltd
  • Circular Economy at TETRA, Christina Holtenäs, TETRA Chemicals Europe


Kickstart your circular journey: capturing value from the Circular Economy, Mira Valkjärvi, RDI specialist, Centria University of Applied Sciences


Closing remarks

Industry Meeting Point

Venue: Kokkola Hall at Kokkola City Hall

Host: Kokkola Material Week host Johannes Malkamäki

Welcome to Industry Meeting Point, the ultimate networking session for those eager to forge new industrial partnerships and collaborations. If you’re on the lookout for groundbreaking opportunities, this event is tailor-made for you. The event includes e.g. Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP) operators, OX2, Umicore, KIP Service, Flexens, Finnvera and Kokkola Sports Park Alliance.

Please note that Industry Meeting Point is an in-person event. It’s a unique chance to step away from the digital realm and engage in genuine, meaningful interactions. Short meetings are booked using the Tavata networking tool via this link! Instructions on how to use the Tavata platform can be found here!

Mark your calendars and make your way to the City Hall – this is where possibilities become realities. See you there!


Welcome Words by Jonne Sandberg, Development Director, City of Kokkola


Greetings from Business Finland by Markku Kivistö, Head of Industry, Cleantech, Business Finland


Alliance as a construction project execution method and SMEs as subcontractors by Timo Sivula, CEO, Sports Park of Kokkola Ltd


Networking Opportunities for Stakeholders and Subcontractors. Short meetings are booked using the Tavata networking tool via this link! Instructions on how to use the Tavata platform can be found here!


Light Refreshments & Music, Networking Continues freely


Event ends

23.11. Thursday


BioKokkola, organized on Thursday 23rd of November, will again this year highlight the hot topics, opportunities, and business case studies of the bioeconomy. The first theme of the morning will focus on sustainable food production from the perspective of both human and animal nutrition, while the second theme will look at the latest research on circular fertilizers and soil improvers. BioKokkola is organized by Centria University of Applied Sciences and Luonnonvarakeskus.

Venue: Kokkola Hall at Kokkola City Hall

Host: Kokkola Material Week host Johannes Malkamäki




Avajaissanat, Asmo Honkanen, kehittämispäällikkö, Luke

Teema 1:

Kestävä ruoantuotanto


Solumaatalous: mikrobeja ja keinolihaa, Susanna Rokka, erikoistutkija, Luke


Development of meat analogues, Edita Varžgalytė, Head of sale, AMALA Brand Vegan Factory


Sellu- ja etanoliteollisuuden jäteliemen hyödyntäminen eläinrehujen raaka-aineeksi,  Heikki Keskitalo, Business Development Manager, eniferBIO Oy



Teema 2:

Kierrätyslannoitteet ja maanparannusaineet


Keski-Pohjanmaan sivuvirrat kiertolannoitteeksi – katsaus ajankohtaiseen tutkimukseen, Emilia Niittyviita, TKI-asiantuntija, Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu


Rikastushiekan käyttö turvetuotannosta vapautuneen alueen maanparannuksessa, Lasse Aro, Luke


Mangaanisakan hyödyntäminen, Mikko Joensuu, COO, Tracegrow Oy


Aamupäivän yhteenveto


Tilaisuus päättyy

Clusters and Co-operation

Enhancing sustainability and creating business opportunities through clusters and Nordic cooperation

Discover the Essence of Collaboration, join us for an informative session: Thursday 23rd of November afternoon’s program, organized by actors in the Team Finland -network, is all about the importance of clusters and co-operation. We will hear about experiences, thoughts and hands-on tools from Finnish and Danish experts working in and with clusters. The importance of co-operation both regionally and internationally, with a particular emphasis on the Nordics, will also be addressed. Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with experienced cluster and collaboration professionals and acquire concrete ideas that can help transform your business! Clusters and cooperation session is organised by Team Finland network in Ostrobothnia.

Venue: Kokkola Hall at Kokkola City Hall


Clusters and Nordic collaboration – why do we need them? Kristian Schrey, CEO, Viexpo


The importance of cooperation for investments, Paula Erkkilä, CEO, Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce


Our vision: the world’s most functional industrial ecosystem, Johanna Hylkilä, Executive Director, Kokkola Industrial Park


Keynote Speaker: Shaping the Green Transition,
Charlotta Risku, General Manager Innovation and Sustainability, Mirka


Coffee & networking break


Renewal and growth through ecosystems – innovation and investments in clusters, Ulf-Erik Widd, Account Manager, Accounts & Ecosystems, Business Finland


Keynote Speaker:
Building an Innovation Cluster for Defence, Space & Security,
Klaus Bolving, CEO, CENSEC – Center for Defence, Space & Security


Kokkola Material Week 2023 Grande Finale


The seminar ends

Kokkola Material Week speakers 2023

What is happening now and in the future in the chemical industry, bioeconomy and battery technology? It will become clear at Kokkola Material Week. See the speaker introductions below!

Kokkola Material Week seminars are completely free for participants!

Julia Engström
Cathode – Process Engineering and Development manager / Northvolt
Benjamin Haycraft
EVP EMEA / PlugPower
Lea Pellinen
HR Manager / Umicore Finland Oy
Markku Kivistö
Head of Industry, Cleantech, Invest In / Business Finland
Tom Van Bellinghen
Sr. Director OEM Sales & marketing / Umicore
Aleksi Salo
Team Manager / Geological Survey of Finland GTK
Taina Kamppuri
Research Team Leader / VTT
Jyrki Rajala
Talent Boost Coordinator / Centria University of Applied Sciences
Hannu Johto
Battery Industry Lead / Sweco
Pia Vilenius
CEO / Finnish Battery Industries
Jonne Sandberg
Development Director / The City of Kokkola
Elina Pylkkänen
Alivaltiosihteeri / TEM
Taia Kronborg
Chief Business Officer at Lhyfe
Klaus Bolving
Business Development Director / CenSec
Peter Tornberg
Chief Commercial Officer / OX2
Markus Kivimäki
Vice President and Deputy CEO / Keliber Oy
Charlotta Risku
General Manager Innovation and Sustainability / Mirka
Kimmo Hyvärinen
CEO / Tracegrow Oy
Edita Varžgalytė
Head of sale / AMALA Brand Vegan Factory
Matthieu Guinard
Project Manager / KIP Service Oy
Emine Karakan
Head for integration and international recruitment services / KEHA-keskus / KEHA Centret
Kenneth Ekman
Director, Concept and Technology Development / Fortum Battery Recycling
Christina Holtenäs
CEO / TETRA Chemicals Europe
Timo Sivula
Managing Director / Sports Park of Kokkola
Francesca Cucinotta
Director, International Affairs / Centria University of Applied Sciences
Mikko Joensuu
COO / Tracegrow Oy
Mika Palosaari
General director / Centre of Economic development, Transport and Environment
Jaana Koivumaa
Manager / Hannukainen Mining
Kristian Schrey
CEO / Viexpo
Paula Erkkilä
CEO / Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce
Ulf-Erik Widd
Account Manager, Accounts & Ecosystems / Business Finland
Jasmin Granholm
Producer reporter / The Employment and Economic Development Office Ostrobothnia
Asmo Honkanen
Senior advisor / Luonnonvarakeskus/LUKE
Jarmo Sillanpää
Environmental manager / Boliden Kokkola Oy
Jouni Nissinen
Senior specialist / YM, Ministry of the Environment Finland
Johanna Hylkilä
Executive Director / KIP Association
Stina Mattila
Mayor / The City of Kokkola
Virve Heikkinen
Environmental Manager, Chairman of the KIP environmental working group / KIP Service Oy, KIP Association
Juha Moilanen
Director, Strategic Project Development / Neste
Johanna Laukkanen
Development engineer / NordFuel Oy
Annastina Liedes
Liiketoimintapäällikkö / Clewor Oy
Mira Valkjärvi
RDI specialist / Centria University of Applied Sciences
Hanna Lehtimäki
Professor / University of Eastern Finland
Heikki Keskitalo
Liiketoiminnan kehityspäällikkö / Eniferbio
Susanna Rokka
Erikoistutkija / Luonnonvarakeskus
Johannes Malkamäki
Kokkola Material Week host
Lasse Aro
Tutkija / Luonnonvarakeskus
Emilia Niittyviita
TKI-asiantuntija / Centria-ammattikorkeakoulu Oy