Valmet Automotive wins The Finnish industrial achievement of the Year 2022 award29.9.2022
The national Finnish industrial achievement award highlights the importance and appreciation of industry. In addition, the award both emphasises the effectiveness of individual acts and encourages activity. This year, the award was presented for the second time in Tampere, the centre of Finnish industry.
Valmet Automotive Oy accepted the Finnish industrial achievement of the Year award at the Subcontracting Trade Fair 2022 event on 28 September. The award was presented by Juha Tervala, the CEO of last year’s winner AGCO Power Oy.
“Valmet Automotive is an exceptional company in Finland. It has the only car factory in Finland, and the company has invested heavily in battery plants both in Finland and abroad. In addition to this, Valmet Automotive invests in the development of talent and the working environment, and in the diversity of personnel. With this award, we also seek to raise the visibility of these themes,” says Business Tampere’s Senior Business Advisor Heini Wallander about the basis of the award.
“Finland has provided us with an environment where we can benefit from the high level of education, flexible cooperation with the authorities, and a progressive approach in the field of sustainable development,” says Valmet Automotive’s Vice President, Production Antero Karhu.
Diversity is highly visible at Valmet Automotive. We employ, for example, over 70 different nationalities, and 25% of our personnel are women. The average age of our employees is 39 years, while a quarter are under 20 years old and a further quarter over 50 years old. Diversity is definitely an asset for us; a diverse work environment generates lots of ideas that benefit the company, continues Karhu.
Following its invitation for the proposal of candidates, the winner of the award was selected by Business Tampere, the economic development agency of the Tampere region. Proposals were sought, for example, from the perspectives of industry visibility and image, increased and growing diversity, and internationalisation. From the proposals received, the goal was to highlight, in particular, acts linked to this year’s theme, the attractiveness of industry and its talent.
In addition to presenting the award, the Finnish industrial achievement of the Year organising committee encourages everyone to engage as creators of positive industrial acts. In order to deliver the talent of the future, medium-scale and even small deeds are also needed alongside major acts. Everyone can influence with their own actions how manufacturing industry is viewed as a workplace and operating environment.
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