The most important chemical cluster in Northern Europe is Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP). There are 10 industrial operators and more than 70 service companies in the KIP area.
The annual value of the industrial exports is 1.1 billion Euros, and the companies in KIP employ directly 2,200 people.
Future business possibilities look bright. KIP companies invested a total of 413 million Euros over the 2010 to 2014 period. The biggest investors included Woikoski, Boliden Kokkola, Freeport Cobalt, and Port of Kokkola. At the same time, 200 new job positions were created within KIP.
Chemical cluster operations are supported by a logistically good location, workforce availability, and RD with internationally top level capabilities.
Port of Kokkola is the third largest general port in Finland. Significant investments have been made into rail capacity.
The airport is only 20 kilometres from Kokkola city center.
The educational network of Kokkola region offers training paths from vocational to doctoral education. As a result, chemical technology experts can be trained to meet company needs. The research laboratories of Kokkola campus, with its pilot plants, are a meeting place for research groups of Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, researchers from Centria University of Applied Sciences, and researchers of companies.
The existing chemical cluster, with its multiple synergy benefits and functional infrastructure, creates interesting conditions for new technologies and products by connecting chemistry and bioeconomy. This also increases the need for novel services. As there are 70 hectares of vacant, plug-in ready industrial sites in the KIP area, Kokkola is a unique environment for new kinds of successful business operations.