20 / 09 / 2022

The ports and local supply chains need to be developed to meet future needs

The ongoing development within the battery industry in northern Finland, Sweden and Norway has become a central part of regional development in recent years. Several new production facilities in various parts of the battery value chain are established, not the least in the cities of Vaasa, Kokkola, Skellefteå and Mo i Rana – the Nordic battery belt. The emerging battery industry brings demand for green energy and a skilled workforce, but it will also require cost-effective and sustainable transport.

Transport and logistics in the battery value chain is the focus of a new report, commissioned by the Nordic Battery Belt Logistics project and which is presented today at the final conference of the project and the electric flight project FAIR in Skellefteå.

Transport volumes from ongoing and planned establishments have been mapped, and the transport system of the region has been analysed to identify potential bottlenecks that needs to be addressed. Interviews and workshops have been held with companies in the battery production and the logistics sector.

– It’s clear from the report that transport volumes will increase, which further underlines the need for infrastructure investments such as increased port capacity in all four cities and improved road and rail connections (e.g. North Bothnia Line), says Anna Löfmarck, Senior Consultant at Ramboll Management Consulting.

– It’s also noted that the region is rich in natural resources that are necessary for the emerging battery industry, which in the future could enable local supply chains to be utilised to a greater extent, Löfmarck continues.

With continued improvements in sea and rail transports, as well as sustainable road transport solutions, the already green battery production of the Nordic Battery Belt can become even more sustainable.

– We are happy to see that our region has become the hotspot for the battery industry which is a key industry for the transition to a zero-emission society. This report underlines the necessity of continued infrastructure investments to enable sustainable logistic solutions for the emerging Nordic Battery Belt, says Mathias Lindström, Director at Kvarken Council EGTC.

The Kvarken Council EGTC acts as coordinating beneficiary in the project. You can find the report HERE.


About Nordic Battery Belt Logistics

Nordic Battery Belt Logistics is a project focusing on enabling sustainable and cost-effective cross-border logistic solutions based on the value chains and needs of the growing battery industry in the Nordic Battery Belt area. The project is a collaboration between the Kvarken Council EGTC, VASEK, KOSEK, Skellefteå Municipality and Rana Utvikling. It is co-financed by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, Region Västerbotten and the Regional Council of Ostrobothnia.