The results of the process include findings that are both well-known and less known. The process will carry on and we continue to seek explanations to the gaps and to identify more precise measures that could remedy for the gaps. It will also be possible to contribute in the discussion through our Facebook group. In order to see the complete results see the attached project report (only in Finnish) and the results viewed and analyzed in a context of the Finnish innovation policies.
Concerning the results we have following initial findings:
The Energy Cluster
Business partners are the most important partners in innovations. The international contacts are important but more important than this are contacts with other companies in the region. University partners outside the region are more important for innovation while the universities in the region are important as supplier of qualified labour force. The largest gap was identified in relation to SME suppliers to the large exporters. In relation to the public sector the survey presented a gap in relation to spatial planning and regional development.
In the future:
Other businesses are also seen as the most important partners in technology development also in the future. The need for advanced production methods will increase in the future. Smart grids and renewable energy technology was seen as having a bright future.
The Boat Cluster
Other companies are the most important partners when it comes to innovation and even if international partners are important, the most important partners are found within the region. Contacts with research could be extended in the fields of “high-tech” material development. The production process should be developed where the tradition of customer proximity should be combined with partnerships around material development.The largest gap was in relation to the public sector and in logistic solutions. There is a need for research and development on composite materials among the actors. The largest gap in relation to the public sector was in logistic solutions.
Both national and international partners are important in the development of the activities, but the national partners are more important. There is a gap in relation to research and development but the need cannot be met by the actors in the region. This is not a problem for the sector as there are partners outside the region that can meet the gap. There is a large need to go through and scrutinize the production process as this has not been implemented for a very long period.
We will continue the dialogue around the results with cooperation partners in the region, but also in an idea exchange with international partners. The dialogue complements the work that is carried out within the INKA program.
The Ostrobothnian Smart Specialisation approach contrasted with the INKA program