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.
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.
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.
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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