An Innovation
Company
Niklas von Weymarn
CEO
Erik Kolehmainen
VP, Corporate Venturing
Katariina Kemppainen
VP, Group R&D
Kirsti Härö
Executive assistant

About us

Metsä Spring is Metsä Group’s innovation company. We have a dual role:

  • We work to develop new businesses related to wood-based value chains, which involves both investing worldwide in promising start-ups as well as implementing our own selected pilot/demo projects; and
  • We lead group-level research and development with the aim of supporting and activating the development of Metsä Group’s current businesses.

All endeavours that Metsä Spring participates in must have the potential to strengthen the Metsä Group business ecosystem in the long run. Metsä Spring is a strategic investor and igniter of innovation in the field of the wood-based circular bioeconomy.

Most new innovations are born as a result of broad collaboration, which calls for partnering and genuine co-creation between a rich variety of organisations and persons. This is also the guiding philosophy of Metsä Spring.

Scope

Metsä Group business ecosystem

We use the term ‘business ecosystem’ to portray a network of organisations that have business relationships with each other. All organisations in the business ecosystem have their own strategies and goals, but together they form a symbiotic entity. From Metsä Group’s perspective, this brings about the industrial processing of renewable and certified Northern wood into added-value bioproducts and renewable energy.

The actors in Metsä Group’s business ecosystem range from forest owners, via several industrial value chains, to a variety of end-consumers. Other key dimensions of the ecosystem include various service providers as well as the recycling of materials.

Our areas of interest

Metsä Spring is looking for investment opportunities as well as doing technology scouting regarding solutions that can improve the business ecosystem around Metsä Group. Cases that are of interest to us range from business ideas built on the manufacturing of a physical product (with a link to Northern wood, that is spruce, pine, and birch, as the original raw material) to business ideas based on novel digital tools.

We believe that broad collaboration is essential for true innovation – join us on our quest to build the innovative and sustainable solutions of tomorrow.

Financing stage

With regard to start-up company investments, Metsä Spring is looking to help companies pass the so-called “valley of death”, which means that companies looking for Series A financing are the best fit to match our ambitions. In practise, this typically refers to young companies that already have a first product on the market and whose team has grown to around 5-10 members. When talking about business ideas based on manufacturing a physical product, the most suitable companies are those about to enter the pilot/demo phase and who thus look for financing to cover investment in a pilot/demo plant. In some selected cases, we can also consider companies that are at a late seed stage.

News

25.05.2022 MetsäSpring

Metsä Group’s and Valmet’s 3D fibre product demo plant is now operating

The operations at Metsä Group’s and Valmet’s 3D fibre product demo plant in Äänekoski has begun. At the end of

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09.05.2022 MetsäSpring

Metsä Group awarded as Finland’s most startup-friendly company in 2021

Metsä Group has been selected as the most startup-friendly company in Finland in 2021. The award is presented by the

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01.03.2022 MetsäSpring

Tarja Heikkilä appointed as Product Manager of Metsä Spring

Metsä Spring has appointed Tarja Heikkilä, (MBA, International business management), as Product Manager as of 11 March 2022. In this

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Social media

25.05.2022Twitter

Great news! Our 2nd demo plant is now up and running 🏃🏻‍♀️#bioeconomy #innovation @MetsaGroup @MetsaGlobal https://t.co/5Fcy0ERylM Read more

16.05.2022Twitter

RT @MetsaGroup: Tarvitsemme kestävämpiä vaihtoehtoja! Tiesitkö, että tekstiiliteollisuus on yksi eniten ympäristöä kuormittavista teollisu… Read more

11.05.2022Twitter

RT @CBE_JU: 🗨 Heli Kuorikoski (@MetsaSpring, @MetsaGroup): 'Kuura #textile is #biobased, #recyclable and #ecofriendly. Moreover, it is pro… Read more

11.05.2022Twitter

RT @CBE_JU: 🗨@niklasweymarn (@MetsaSpring, @MetsaGroup): 'For the past 10 years, we have realised that the #business and #innovation ecosy… Read more

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