Imatra Region – Russia in your Reach
The Imatra region is located in South-East Finland, right on the Russian-Finnish border. Only in 230 km from St. Petersburg and the same distance from Helsinki puts it in an excellent position for business. Good and fast-developing means of communication between Europe and Russia become a reality in Imatra. At the flexible and efficient international border crossing point, the Imatra-Svetogorsk road and railway cross the border at the same place. Imatra’s location right on the EU-Russian border and neighbouring with Svetogorsk, add colour to everyday life. Going to work, doing shopping or just visiting over the border is a part of the region’s daily life.
Renewable Energy Production and Biomaterials
The Imatra region is a central part of Europe’s largest forest industry cluster which is the second largest in the world. New bioenergy, biofuel and bioprocessing production processes are springing up alongside traditional forest industry, and the enterprises in the region are eager to invest in these. For example, Stora Enso is taking a significant step forward in renewable materials innovation by building a pre-commercial plant at Imatra in Finland for the production of microfibrillated cellulose. The new type of renewable material will be used in existing and new unique fibre-based paper and board products, barrier materials, and other potential future applications. It is not only an example of pathfinding innovation together with institutions and universities for the benefit of consumers and even the planet.
Tourism and Services
During the 19th century, the Imatra Rapids were Finland’s largest tourism destination. Throughout history, famous cultural personas, such as Sibelius and Stravinsky, and Russian aristocrats, as well as many European artists have visited Imatra and fallen in love with it. The distinctiveness of Alvar Aalto’s architecture never fails to strike a chord. Tourism, services and the development of commerce create a rich variety of possibilities for new business activities in the Imatra region. Tourism is highly potential industry in the region, the number of overnight stays, border-crossings and tax-free sales are growing in average by 45% monthly and by the reason of this more recreation facilities are under construction at the moment.
The Imatra region is a central part of Europe’s largest forest industry cluster which is the second largest in the world.
Pure and wild nature of South Karelia offers many activities from adventure minded people to persons looking for peace. Clear air of forest, beautiful view of the Lake Saimaa and exciting show of Imatra Rapids makes a visit to Imatra unforgettable.
Imatra Business Park, Green Field
These 80 hectares of land, owned by the town of Imatra, is located on the Finnish-Russian the border with an excellent logistics and transportation routes. Canal and train connections have always been important in the Imatra region. Even today the area’s focus is on flexible logistics, excellent means of communication and smooth border crossing. The area, where Business Park stands, is within sight of both countries’ border stations. Imatra and Svetogorsk business parks are located practically side by side, only about 700 metres apart and with only the national border between them. Imatra Business Park is a virgin area for future industry and logistics. Facilities can easily be tailor-made for enterprises needs and requirements.
Kehy, the Imatra Region Development Company, offers versatile services for the companies. Kehy has a strong know-how in business development and has an excellent experience in cooperation with Russia. Kehy provides expert help in the matter of Imatra Business Park and business development in the area.
Imatra Region can be seen as an entry to the East, in particular to the huge market of Russian Federation. As well as it opens a great number of opportunities for Russian companies going to Western markets. Location of the Imatra Region provides excellent conditions for internationally significant cooperation between the border communities and business development. The region is also well-known for availability of competent work force and for cost-effectiveness.