Vaasa Region Development Company

5 rajattu kotisivuille1st row: Tuija Räihä-Pundars, Johanna Hietikko-Koljonen, Tommi Virkama, Stefan Råback, Anna Hakkari
2nd row: Lasse Pohjala, Eivor Koskela, Riitta Bjärkenheim, Olav Nylund
3rd row: Mauritz Knuts, Kenneth Dalkvist, Mari Kattelus, Göran Östberg, Peter Källberg
4th row: Anna Måtts-Fransén, Kristoffer Jansson, Kjell Nydahl, Antti Alasaari

The Vaasa Region Development Company (VASEK) was founded in 2003 and is jointly owned by seven towns and municipalities on the West Coast of Finland. VASEK promotes and reinforces growth and competitiveness in the region. This is done by improving the preconditions for business activities in the Vaasa region in cooperation with the regional authorities, municipalities, local action groups and enterprises.

As the region is known for its entrepreunerial spirit and traditions, it is also equipped with a strong will to succeed. Outsourcing and the increasing use of subcontractors contribute to the fact that more and more small and medium-sized companies are being established. Our main objective is to help these SMEs to grow and be a part of the flourishing Vaasa Region - one of the most attractive and innovative environments in Finland for companies and employees.

Vision, mission, values

VASEK's role as the driving force of the region is strong. We know the objectives of our work and we also endeavor to achieve them. Working on one's own does not lead to success and that is the reason why we have an intense cooperation with different actors in the region. We know already how good our region is and how many opportunities are offered here, also for new inhabitants, students and businesses. Our common goal is to spread this information, to strengthen the competitiveness in various fields and offer the best development opportunities possible for the industrial and commercial life of the region.

VASEK's communication

News

Strong growth in traffic at the Port of Vaasa

03.02.2023 | News
The 2022 figures for the Vaasa-based operations of Kvarken Ports, the joint port company of the cities of Vaasa and Umeå, show strong growth across the board. The growth of industry in the Vaasa region and the positive trend towards environmentally friendly shipment by sea were reflected in several transport areas of Kvarken Ports Vaasa.
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Cooperation is needed to make GigaVaasa logistics a reality

26.01.2023 | News
The traditional Logistics Forum organised by VASEK brought together the region’s logistics and freight forwarding operators around a breakfast table on the 19th of January. Tomas Häyry, Mayor of Vaasa and the leader of the GigaVaasa team, opened the event and reminded the audience of the work that has already been done to develop the battery value chain and the...
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Loading and Unloading in a Swirling Wind

13.01.2023 | News
Cargo ships glide to the port of Vaasa all year round to unload, parts of wind turbines, and other parts of large projects such as engines, process industry boilers or cranes onto the quay or directly onto the trailers. About twenty experienced professionals at port operator Blomberg Stevedoring ensure that these valuable parts and pieces are safely moved ashore, forwarded...
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Enhancement of Battery industry value chain in GigaVaasa area

11.01.2023 | News
FREYR Battery has made a planning reservation on a plot in the GigaVaasa area for the construction of a cathode materials factory. Plot 16, which became vacant after Johnson Matthey sold off their battery materials business, has now been reserved for the factory.
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Planning for an anode materials production facility for the battery manufacturing industry in Vaasa

28.10.2022 | News
Finnish Minerals Group and Epsilon Advanced Materials have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which the companies will evaluate the possibility of setting up an anode materials production facility in Vaasa. A plot of land in the GigaVaasa area has been reserved for the facility after it became vacant when the cooperation between Grafintec Oy and Epsilon Advanced Materials...
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Second ERDF project search for ecosystem agreement opens on 15 September

06.09.2022 | News
The first European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project search related to ecosystem agreements was in May, and the second application round opens on 15 September. This time approximately EUR 565,000 in funding is being allocated for projects that promote the three objectives defined in the Vaasa Ecosystem Agreement; Vaasa's carbon neutrality 202X, development of the harbour area and development of...
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Contract changes between operators in the GigaVaasa area – active discussion on the way forward cont

02.09.2022 | News
The Finnish company Grafintec Oy and Epsilon Advanced Materials from India, which have reserved land in the GigaVaasa area, have announced in a stock exchange release that they are dissolving their mutual cooperation agreement. However, the City of Vaasa will continue negotiations with each company separately.
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How to Avoid the Pitfalls when Applying for a Start-up Grant

16.06.2022 | News
The start-up grant aims to secure a new entrepreneur's primary livelihood for the estimated time it takes to establish business activities. Therefore it is an income supplement intended for entrepreneurs and doesn't belong to the business assets. After all, they must be able to live and perhaps support their family even when it may not be possible to pay themselves...
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