Visits to production sites

Information on the production sites and other destinations visited during the Forest Academy excursion.



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Koskisen Group is an internationally renowned wood processing company founded more than 100 years ago. Over the years, it has evolved into a customer-focused wood industry expert and a major employer in the industry. While the company’s primary market area is Europe, it is also able to serve customers worldwide through a network of Representative Offices.
Koskisen’s wood product range includes solutions for the construction, transport and joinery industries; in addition, it offers various special products. The company’s wood procurement unit also offers its timber trade partners forest management services and produces biofuel for several power plants in southern Finland. Koskisen’s core values are integrity, courage, creativity and profitability.



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Isku is a Finnish family-owned company established by Eino Vikström in 1928 in Lahti, Finland. Its products and services are renowned for their high quality.
Isku designs, develops, produces and markets furniture, services and comprehensive interior solutions for homes, schools, offices, healthcare facilities and all types of public spaces. Isku also operates in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Poland, Russia and the Middle East, and is involved in projects throughout the world. Isku’s production facilities are located in Lahti, Finland. The company’s quality, environmental management and safety systems are certified according to the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. All wood used in the production comes from sustainably and responsibly managed, PEFC-certified forests, and the chain of custody of the raw material is known.



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A dedicated bioeconomy actor, Stora Enso is a leading, global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. Stora Enso’s materials are renewable, reusable and recyclable, and form the building blocks for a range of innovative solutions that can help replace products based on fossil fuels and other non-renewable materials. The company believes that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. The Heinola Fluting mill is part of Stora Enso’s Packaging Solutions division and has produced high-quality fluting since 1961 as raw material for the corrugated board industry. The mill is an integrated pulp and board mill. Today the mill has approx. 220 employees.



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A visit to a forest site in Mäntsälä, close to Lahti. The visit introduces participants with the modern wood sourcing and ecosystem services in boreal forests. Forest ownership and the digital solutions for efficient and environmentally friendly, low impact wood sourcing will be discussed. Participants will also be able to experience what a modern harvester looks like.



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Named after the linden trees growing in the area, the Lehmonkärki resort offers meeting services and accommodation in Asikkala. The resort aims at constantly diversifying its services, and has become a high-class meeting, holiday and party venue. Each conference room has an adjoining sauna with dressing room and toilet. A variety of both indoor and outdoor activities is available. Lehmonkärki is also known for its delicious food. Currently, approximately 25,000 people visit Lehmonkärki annually.



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The Sibelius Hall is a concert hall in Lahti, Finland, named after the composer Jean Sibelius. lt was completed in 2000 on the Vesijärvi waterfront. Its architects Hannu Tikka and Kimmo Lintula say that the main source of inspiration in the design were Finnish forests. The Sibelius Hall complex, nearly 90,000 m3 in size, is composed of four elements: the renovated Carpenter’s Factory, the Main Hall building, the Forest Hall, and the Congress Wing. Wood is the supporting material in all the new sections and the building is one of the flagships of wooden buildings in Finland. In addition to its physical faclities, the Sibelius Hall’s excellent catering services and a VIP sauna make it an attractive venue for concerts, congresses and other events.