Ponsse and Epec to open a product development unit in Tampere, Finland
By Ponsse Plc
Sept. 22, 2017 -
Ponsse and Epec are jointly establishing a product development unit in Tampere for designing the software and automation of mobile work machines. The aim is to ensure the continued availability of top experts in the fields of software and automation.
With Finland’s improving economic situation, competition for the top professionals in various sectors has become more intense. Given the change in the situation, the aim is to ensure the competitiveness of Ponsse and Epec and the availability of personnel by expanding the product development activities of the two companies to southern Finland. With the rapid development of technology, the importance of software in forest machines is growing rapidly. Ponsse wants to remain at the forefront of development.
Tampere was chosen as the location of the new product development unit, since the city has become a growth centre for the work machine industry. The Tampere region also has strong training expertise and business operations in software and automation.
“Ponsse’s product development will continue to focus mainly on Vieremä and Kajaani, so there will continue to be good communications between customers, manufacturing and product development. With the Tampere product development unit we are seeking to ensure the continued availability of a skilled workforce,” says Ponsse’s director of technology and R&D Juha Inberg.
Engineers will be recruited for the Tampere R&D unit to meet the needs of Ponsse’s subsidiary Epec also. Epec is actively seeking growth as a supplier of smart control system solutions. Managing director Teemu Raitis says that having the unit in Tampere also enables the company to cooperate more closely with its customers in southern Finland.
The focus of Epec’s product development will continue to be its headquarters in Seinäjoki. The R&D unit will be located in Kampusareena, which is a hub of science, research and technology located at the heart of the campus of Tampere University of Technology.
Ponsse and Epec will arrange a recruiting and information event in the new premises on Nov. 3, 2017 and the operations are scheduled to begin before the end of the year. The product development unit will have approximately 20 employees by the end of next year.