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We research and develop with you

Centria’s four research, development and innovation teams – Digitalisation, Production technology, Entrepreneurship and wellbeing and Chemistry and bioeconomy – aim for regional development.

Regionally significant and impactful RDI activities

Our RDI activities are regionally significant and impactful. In our operating area, industrial production and exports per person are among the highest in Finland. Some of the key areas include mechanical wood processing in Ylivieska and the surrounding region, inorganic chemistry industry in the Kokkola Industrial Park and Alholmens Industrial Park in Pietarsaari. Together, they employ nearly 8,000 people and make an annual turnover of more than 4 billion euros. In addition, there are many other successful industries in our region!

Our teams


Strong focus on the various challenges posed by digitalisation. We develop opportunities to apply the latest technology to practice.

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Production technology

Robotics and artificial intelligence in improving efficiency and occupational safety in companies

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Chemistry and bioeconomy

New sustainable business opportunities for companies with a focus on circular economy thinking.

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Entrepreneurship and wellbeing

New operating models and creative development methods from the perspective of well-being and inclusion.

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Get to know our teams’ research work!

Each year, our teams work on around 100 projects, ranging from local independent projects to international consortium projects.

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