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Research Programme:

Renewing wood product value chains and timber
procurement solutions (PUU) 2009–2013

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Changes in the climate, as well as in the make-up of commercial forest resources, pose challenges to present timber harvesting methods, transportation logistics, and information systems. These challenges have altered the working environment in ways that have emphasised the need for skills in economic management within harvesting companies. Also, in today’s environmentallyconscious business environment, the sustainability and renewability of wood as a raw material, its capability to store carbon, and its other positive environmental performance elements combine to give a strong competitive advantage to the wood products sector. New wood products and customer solutions based on integrated product systems diversify the uses of wood and increase its competitiveness as a construction and furnishing material.

The PUU programme is serving timber producers, procurement organisations, and wood product industries by improving their strategic development and operative planning. It also supports national and regional forest policy programmes by promoting and providing information on the uses of wood.

VISION

As a result of the PUU programme, Metla is becoming the leading national organisation, as well as an internationally acknowledged source of expertise within the three programme themes.

RESOURCES

The key resource of PUU programme is the multi-disciplinary research talent available at Metla. Annually, approximately 30–50 researchers will work in PUU’s projects; they will come from Metla and its partner organisations. In addition to the funding and other inputs from Metla, a considerable proportion of the research is funded externally.

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Heräjärvi, Henrik
The Finnish Forest Research Institute
Joensuu Office, PL 68
FI-80101 JOENSUU, FINLAND
phone: +358 29 532 3037
fax: +358 29 532 3113
e-mail: henrik.herajarvi @ metla.fii

Duration: 2009 - 2013

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