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Ponsse and Epec to open a product development unit in Tampere

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 November 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. 

Vieremä, September 21, 2017


More information:
Juha Inberg, Director of Technology and R&D, Ponsse Plc, tel. +358 400 661 368
Teemu Raitis, Managing Director, Epec Oy, tel. +358 400 352 334


Juha Inberg ja Teemu Raitis (.JPG, 1,90 MB)