Research is crucial when it comes to maintaining the competitiveness of the forest industries and to realizing the vision of a biobased society. Rigorous research efforts provide the right conditions for a competitive forest industry. However, current products can be further developed and supplemented with completely new materials that can not only replace the fossil-based products of today but also achieve completely new areas of use.
Today, Sweden is in many ways an international leader in forestry and forest industry research. Of the annual investment in research in silviculture and the forest industry, the forest industry and private foundations account for two thirds, and state financing for one third. Investment in research needs to continuously increase in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish forest industries and for Sweden to manage the transformation to a fossil-free, biobased society and circular economy. It is believed that the Swedish forest-based sector needs to double future research investment to achieve this.
The Swedish Forest-based Sector Research Agenda compiles the research and development priorities of Sweden’s largest export industry: the forest-based sector. A broad group of experts, from industry as well as the research community, have actively contributed to an agenda that will guide the Swedish sector’s endeavours for years to come.
The forest industry and the research community agree that forestry and forest industrial research in Sweden should contribute to:
– Increased growth in sustainably managed forests;
– Enhanced competitiveness for existing processes and products;
– Development of new biobased products;
– Increased industrial timber construction.
The English edition of the research agenda aims to connect Swedish national priorities to the international arena. International cooperation is essential as many research areas and innovation priorities are most efficiently pursued jointly, with stakeholders from other countries.
In this context, the Swedish Forest-based Sector Research Agenda will serve as the Swedish national complement to the European Strategic Research Agenda of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP).
Swedish National Support Group (NSG Sweden)
The Swedish Forest Industries Federation nominates the chairperson for NSG Sweden. The industry members of the board of NSG Sweden are nominated by the Federation’s expert committees, and the research community is represented by three process leaders from the reference groups: forest and forest products; pulp, paper and biorefining; and timber processes and products.
Do you want to know more?
Are you a representative of a Swedish company or organization and do you want to know what FTP can do to help you in the European arena? Please contact the secretariat of the National Support Group of Sweden (NSG Sweden).
Swedish Forest-based Sector Research Agenda – EN version (published in 2023)
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