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The Nordic manufacturing industry is going circular - join us now!

Due to COVID-19, this year’s workshops have unfortunately been postponed from spring 2020 to September 2020.

The new dates are as follows:

If you wish to know more or participate, please contact:

In the fall of 2019, 60 Nordic companies in four ecosystems participated in circular workshops to develop their knowledge about circular economy tools, collaborate with other Nordic companies and to pilot new ideas in their respective ecosystems.

Nordic Innovation now launches the latest iteration of the project Circular Business Models in the Nordic Manufacturing Industry - Ecosystem Perspective. The workshops are free of charge, and the required investment is only your time, engagement and travel to workshop locations around the Nordics.

We want to enable companies to collaborate so that double and triple work would be eliminated in the supply chain.

AirFaas on why they wish to work within the field of circular economy.

What are the circular workshops about?

Workshop participants will be given the knowledge and tools to lead in the transition towards a circular economy. The objective is to develop collaborative pilots across industry ecosystems, that can be scaled to spur successful transition towards a circular economy, which is critical for innovation and continued economic growth.

We want to take part in the shift from linear to circular economy and these workshops provide insights and tools and access to brilliant network.

Ruter on why they chose to participate in the circular workshops.

Why should you participate in the circular workshops?

You will be given the unique opportunity to:

Collaborate with leading actors, such as suppliers, manufacturing companies, and customers, in an ecosystem and find new ways to approaching their business from a circular economy perspective.

Secure competence building for innovation and continued economic growth through global Accenture experts and unique tools in digital, circular business models.

Take a central role in shaping unique Nordic value chains and networks critical for developing ecosystems, initiating collaborations and new solutions with innovative new
business models

How do you participate in the circular workshops?

You get in touch with Silje Haugland

The workshops will begin in August, participants meet in four workshop sessions, focusing on identifying circular value opportunities, business model innovation and finally outlining and planning the journey towards launching a pilot.

Who can participate in the circular workshops?

The circular workshops focus on the four ecosystems

  • Machinery & equipment
  • Transportation
  • Maritime
  • Energy & Construction

The project is open to application for both small and medium sized businesses, large enterprises, governmental and non-governmental organizations, active in the Nordics, across the following circular ecosystem roles:

Linear/transitioning companies

Raw material extractor/processor, Component manufacturer, Original Equipment Manufacturer, Customer, Recycler.

Circular companies

Circular materials supplier, Extended maintenance provider, Reverse logistics supplier, Re-manufacturer, IT-Monitoring platform provider, IT-sharing platform provider.

Enabling companies

Policy maker, Research & Development, Technology provider, Financial organization.

What will be expected of you as a participant?

Active participation in each of the workshop sessions and supplementary exercises in between the sessions.

Travel arrangements Every participant will be responsible for respective travel arrangements and any related expenses. Meals will be included during workshop sessions.

The tools that I have seen in the workshops are top tools in this area of circular economy ...and the other participants who are really interested in circular economy, the learnings that you can collect from them have been eye opening for me.

Danfoss Drives on why they would recommend other companies to participate in the circular workshops.

New in the 2020 version of the workshops

We will offer two tracks for participating companies to choose between.

Track A

One track will focus on learning about circular business models, the related technologies and capabilities, as well as tools and methodologies that can be employed in setting up a circular pilot project.

Track B

The second track, for organizations already familiar with the concept of circular business models and looking to activate collaborative pilots, will focus less on learning the theories and more on utilizing the tools and methodologies to develop new circular business models and move towards setting up pilots and drive collaboration during the actual workshop sessions.

Do you want to know more or join the workshops? Get in touch with Silje Haugland here:


Marthe Haugland - Senior Innovation Adviser

Marthe Haugland

Senior Innovation Adviser
Marthe combines her international experience with her knowledge of business development and innovation to promote Nordic cooperation within the circular economy. She belives Nordic cooperation can drive the systemic change and give Nordic companies a competitive edge going forward.

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Hanna Törmänen Innovation Adviser

Hanna Törmänen

Senior Innovation Adviser
Hanna has background in Nordic and international exports, public-private cooperation, project management and market analysis. Her focus at Nordic Innovation is to support Nordic businesses and ecosystems in their transition towards sustainable and circular business models.