In the spring of 2023, a team of experts comprising representatives of LUT, the Kolli Foundation, and LAB University of Applied Sciences examined candidates that significantly contribute to the increase in the value added of forest. Three finalists are being put forward this autumn.
The final selection is made by a jury of external experts, who are separately nominated each year.
Fiberwood: Bio-based insulation sheets and packaging materials
Fiberwood Oy, located in Järvenpää, develops bio-based packaging materials and insulation sheets for the construction industry from the side streams of the mechanical forest industry. At the end of their life cycle, insulation sheets can be used as biodegradable materials, for example as soil improvers, or recycled for energy use.
The raw material for the construction board products comes from the side streams of the mechanical forest industry such as plywood and wood panel factories. Their renewable wood fibre construction boards are ecological and breathable, i.e. they transfer moisture and do not expose structures to moisture damage. The products are suitable for the needs of modern construction projects. In the future, the aim is to make the products exclusively from wood-based raw material.
Arbonaut: Forest reserve information to support decision-making
Arbonaut, located in Joensuu, produces comprehensive information on forests by laser scanning air. They produce more accurate and reliable basic information locally on large forest areas than any other party in the world. Arbonaut's methods are used in dozens of countries and in international forest projects that require precision information.
The method introduced in 2010 is used, among other things, for forest inventory and monitoring of forest measures such as compliance with certification requirements and forest laws. In addition, the method can be used to monitor forest biodiversity.
KÄÄPÄ Biotech: Innovative fungi applications
KÄÄPÄ Biotech is a biotechnology company that studies and develops fungi applications for use in different sectors. The company is looking for new innovative ways to use the forest by processing it into high value-added products.
The company has created a cultivation network for chaga with, for example, large forest management companies. The aim is to cultivate chaga in low yielding birch forests. Then, the shelf fungus can be planted in trees with a diameter of 10-15 centimetres marked for thinning. The method is based on a study conducted by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) on the potential of chaga cultivation in Finland.