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LADEC develops and serves the cooperation networks of companies in the Lahti region. Our aim is to help companies utilise partnerships as efficiently as possible in the development of their own business operations.

LADEC’s services for business networks and clusters include:

  • Networking and peer learning
  • Marketing cooperation (such as joint stands and participation at fairs)
  • Channelling LADEC’s business development services (internationalisation, product development, development of business operations) to also benefit the other companies in a partner network
  • Organising joint training and coaching
  • Cooperation in employee-related matters (recruitment, mutual utilisation of workforce)
  • Production of information on themes that are important to the companies
  • External communication and marketing of the network’s expertise and success stories

The cooperation networks in which we are involved are always based on the company’s own needs and business goals. Among others, we have promoted the operation of the following business networks:

  • Design service companies
  • Water sector export network
  • Waste-to-energy export network
  • Wellness sector export network
  • Companies that promote health enhancing physical activity

Business networks

LADEC coordinates three local business networks that are based on developing business operations and joint marketing: the Maritime Cluster, Mechatronics Cluster and Grain Cluster.

Lahti Region Maritime Cluster

The Lahti Region Maritime Cluster is a cooperation network of over 100 local companies that pursue Finnish and international projects. The operations are open to all companies in the Lahti region that are interested in the maritime industry.

LADEC holds subcontractor days for the companies in the cluster, giving large, international maritime companies and turnkey suppliers the opportunity to find part manufacturers in the Lahti region. Thanks to these subcontractor days, dozens of companies in the cluster have concluded major deals. In addition to subcontractor days, the companies in the cluster can boost their marketing with their joint presence both at fairs and in brochure materials.

The companies in the Maritime Cluster meet up for lunch once a month at Restaurant Lastu in Sibelius Hall. Anyone who is interested in the cluster’s operation is welcome to the lunch meetings, with everyone paying for their own meal. You don’t even have to notify the cluster about your attendance in advance.

Check the Events page on LADEC’s website for the dates and details of the Maritime Cluster’s lunch dates and other events. You can also keep up to date with events by following LADEC on social media, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. 

Explore the knowledge and know-how of the companies of the Lahti Region Maritime Cluster -> "Lahti Region Maritime Cluster" - publication published in the Autumn 2019.

This mission and activities are carried out during 14 December 2017 - 30 April 2020 in the project called in Finnish "Lahden seudun Meriklusteri" (project code A73664) financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment.


Lahti Region Mechatronics Cluster

The Lahti Region Mechatronics Cluster consists of companies in the metal, mechanical and electronics industries and their stakeholders. The combination of traditional metal and mechanical engineering expertise and modern ICT and electronics competence results in ‘intelligent hardware’. In terms of turnover and the number of employees and companies, the Mechatronics Cluster is the most significant industrial cluster in the Lahti region. In the cluster, there are approximately 700 companies with a turnover of approximately EUR 1.3 billion and about 7,100 employees. The cluster’s vision is to develop and strengthen its business in the Lahti region, which is based on the utilisation of cutting edge technology and high-quality expertise, in order to become even more networked, international and innovative.

Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster

Päijät-Häme is home to the largest and most versatile cluster of grain-related expertise in Finland. The cluster covers the entire Häme area, with 80–90% of it located in Päijät-Häme. The Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster is a grain sector cooperation network, formed by grain farmers and industrial companies in the region. Grain processing is both a traditional and a modern branch of the food industry, which focuses a considerable amount of effort into research and development.  In operation since 2003, the Grain Cluster aims to promote the regional networking of its member companies, support cooperation between companies that process grain and raise the profile of the food industry. | Read more: www.viljaklusteri.fi

Expert networks

Smart & Clean Lahti

For several decades, the various forms of circular economy have been utilised in the urban areas of Lahti to boost growth, which is evidenced by the thousands of jobs in recycling, resource recovery and renewable energy solutions in the region. In fact, our region has become home to one of the most significant clusters of environmental expertise and business in Finland. The cluster is well known for its expertise in recycling and the treatment of water and soil. The environmental research and education provided by the University of Helsinki, Lappeenranta University of Technology and Lahti University of Applied Sciences are internationally renowned.  

LADEC is involved in promoting environmental expertise, investments and testing of new solutions in the Lahti region. We help higher education institutions, the municipalities in the region and companies find each other and work together to develop and adopt new innovations. 
Read more: www.smartlahti.fi

Design Lahti

The Lahti region is home to numerous companies that have become successful in the field of design and are known around the world. Isku, Kemppi, Luhta, Stala and other companies have been utilising the local top expertise in industrial design for decades in their product development, in addition to utilising information and feedback provided by users. The Institute of Design of the Lahti University of Applied Sciences is at the top of its field in Finland and also well-known and recognised abroad. The institute’s students work in close cooperation with companies. Our region is home to almost 200 small design service companies or sole proprietors, whose combined expertise covers all areas of design. All of this combines to form the design ecosystem of the Lahti region, and LADEC works tirelessly to promote cooperation within it.

Design produces new business, increasingly functional public services and welcoming environments in the Lahti region, in addition to creating new jobs and increasing well-being. Through the cooperation of designers, companies, students and residents. By working together and supporting sustainable development. – Designer, come and join the Design Lahti network coordinated by LADEC!
Read more: www.designlahti.fi

Wellbeing & Healthtech Lahti

The well-being and fitness industry is rapidly growing and becoming more diverse in the Lahti region. From an international point of view, it is one of the most profitable. The winter sport expertise in Lahti is well-known and in demand around the world. 

LADEC’s goal is to make the Lahti region into the leading cluster of health, fitness and well-being in the Nordic countries.  Are you and your company interested in joining this team of local experts and participating in a network that aims to develop and commercialise solutions related to winter sports? Or how about joining the collaboration of companies that promote well-being in their efforts to first take over the domestic market before moving on to export?  | Read more: www.welltechlahti.fi

Partner networks  

LAB University of Applied Sciences       
Lahti University Campus
Salpaus Further Education

Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre)
Häme Chamber of Commerce
Regional Council of Päijät-Häme
Päijät-Häme Entrepreneurs

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