Team Finland Virtual Delegation: Opportunities for bio- and circular economy companies in Japan

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Japan is the 3rd largest economy in the world in nominal GDP. It also hosts some of the largest general trading companies in the world. These companies are active in a wide variety of industries and are the focal point of global value chains from raw material production to end-product customer sales. This means not just opportunities for traditional exports, but also for investments, co-innovation, material or technology supply.

The Japanese government has only recently started shifting focus on bio and circular economy, behind the Western world and with an urgency to catch up. Wider nation wide strategies are now forming, and specific targets will most likely include areas of national interest such as fuel supply, chemical intermediates, or agricultural and food products.

The goal of the virtual delegation program is to connect the Finnish bio and circular economy industry to Japanese companies in this critical timing to catch the rising wave of government policy and focus on the Olympics.

  • The Japanese government is to increase bio plastics production to 2 million tons/year by 2030
  • Large brands and their suppliers (both manufacturing and trading companies) are looking for alternatives to plastics and other fossil-based materials, switching to bio-based ones and getting rid of excess plastics use
  • Japanese legislation that entered 2010 into force to promote use of wood in public buildings
  • To reduce CO2 emissions from private housing, the government is promoting the spread of net-zero-energy housing (ZEH). The target is having the majority of new housing produced by housing manufacturers built as ZEH by 2020

Who will Benefit?

This event will focus on 3 main industries for Finnish bio economy; wooden construction, textiles and new bio materials. If you represent a company in any of these industries and are looking for partnerships with Japanese companies, we invite you to join the event.
By joining this virtual delegation – which contains series of different meetings and sessions for Finnish companies aiming for the Japanese market – participants will gain insight into Japanese markets and into new business opportunities. The program includes industry outlooks by Japanese experts, Finnish and Japanese bio and circular solutions webinar as well as sectoral online workshops & pitching and matchmaking.

Please see the preliminary program

Interested? Please register here for this Team Finland event no later than September 18, 2020!


Further information

Marika Ollaranta
Head of Bio & Circular Program
+358 50 480 4611

Inka-Liisa Häkälä (+6h)
Advisor, Business Finland Japan
+81 90 2228 9163

Päivi Mähönen
Manager, Delegations
+358 40 343 3468