Ilkka Hämälä - Metsä Group

“We cherish highly the EU RDI networks as an important source of know-how, on top of which the future circular bioeconomy will be built.”

Metsä Group is, in 2015-2018, investing EUR 2 billion in the European bioeconomy. Northern, sustainable, certified and traceable wood raw material is the basis of our operations. We focus today on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp and other bioproducts, paperboards from fresh fibres, as well as tissue and cooking papers. We cherish highly the EU RDI networks as an important source of know-how, on top of which the future circular bioeconomy will be built.
- Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Group

Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Group

Mr. Ilkka Hämälä, M.Sc. (Eng.) is the Chief Executive Officer of Metsä Group (legally Metsäliitto Cooperative) since 1 January 2018 and CEO and President as of 1 April 2018. He has been a Member of the Metsä Group Executive Management Team since 2008 and Chairman as of 1 January 2018. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Metsä Fibre Oy at Metsä Group from 2008 till 2017 and held various management positions at Oy Metsä-Botnia Ab (now Metsä Fibre Oy) since 1988.
Mr. Hämälä serves as Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation, Deputy Member of the Board of Pohjolan Voima Oy and Member of Supervisory Board at Ilmarinen Pension Insurance Co. Ltd. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology in 1986.

Bioeconomy projects

Metsä Group is a partner in several BBI JU Research & Innovation projects (see company profile).

The BBI JU BIOMOTIVE project is paving the ground towards the production and subsequent market penetration of biobased automotive interior parts with enhanced technical performance, improved environmental profile and economic competitiveness, with the aim of replacing the fossil-based, non-biodegradable counterparts.

In the BIOMOTIVE project, Metsä Group is aiming to demonstrate a new process for the production of textile fibres. Such fibres can, for example, then be spun into yarn and further processed into fabrics. In BIOMOTIVE, the applications in focus for the new fibres include car seat covers as well as novel, polyurethane-based car components.

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