The city of Wuxi in China’s Jiangsu province, a major centre for business and one of the fastest growing cities in China, is establishing an innovation centre in the city of Lahti in southern Finland. Wuxi invests hundreds of millions of euros annually in environmental projects and wants to use Finland as a model as it modernises its industries. Wuxi is aiming to become the capital of scientific innovation and environmental know-how in China by the year 2015.
“Through the innovation centre Wuxi can access Finnish know-how, products and technologies for modernising its industry and for its ecocity projects,” says Mari Pantsar-Kallio, director of the Finnish cleantech cluster. Lahti Science and Business Park is the leading Cleantech technology centre of the Nordic countries and leads the Finnish Environmental Cluster for China (FECC). FECC can offer Wuxi direct contacts to more than 300 Finnish cleantech companies and research organisations.
Last year Lahti and Wuxi signed an environmental partnership agreement which is planned to widen into a twin city agreement in early 2012. The first phase of the cooperation is focused on water purification, refuse management and energy efficiency for building. Several Finnish companies are already operating in Wuxi, including Metso, Wärtsilä and Oilon.
Source: Tekniikka & Talous