Stora Enso Country Manager (Finland) Juha Vanhainen has been elected as the Chairman of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation for the year 2012. Metsä-Botnia President & CEO Ilkka Hämälä and UPM-Kymmene Executive Vice President Hans Sohlström were appointed vice chairmen.
The Executive Committee also consists of Managing Director Pekka Kopra (Versowood Oy), Managing Director Olli Poutanen (ER-Saha Oy), Managing Director Sari Rämö
(SCA Packaging Finland Oy) and CEO Jouko Virranniemi (Pölkky Oy), all of whom are old members.
Representatives of 29 member companies were elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation in 2012. Metsä-Botnia President & CEO Ilkka Hämälä and Finndomo Oy CEO Tapio Pitkänen are the only new members.
“Finland has excellent competence and modern factories, but we cannot build out future on these factors alone. The industry needs new products and innovation as the consumption of paper is decreasing in our traditional markets. A cost-effective logistics chain is needed to enable success in international competition. From the customers' point of view flexible and undisturbed labour market is crucial,” the newly appointed Finnish Forest Industries Federation Chairman Juha Vanhainen says.