Functional logistics means flexible and fast transport connections, but it also involves the development of storage and sorting solutions, putting the finishing touches to products and specialising in the logistics needs of different product segments.
Relocating to the Lahti region is a smart move. Here, your business can get the location advantages of the Helsinki metropolitan area with less traffic congestion, more room and significantly better cost efficiency, as part of the region’s evolving logistics ecosystem.
The Lahti region is a transport hub where road and rail networks running south to north and east to west meet. The highway linking Lahti and Helsinki and the Kerava–Lahti railway line connect Lahti closely to the Helsinki metropolitan area. 80% of the Finnish market is within a 1.5-hour radius of Lahti, while an international airport and harbour are an hour away.
Southern ring road and business areas
The Lahti Southern Ring Road on main road 12 creates new opportunities for businesses and has further improved the position and connections of the Lahti region in terms of logistics. There are plots available in logistically advantageous locations in the ring road zone.
Manufacturing industry & trade
The Lahti region is a strong commercial hub and one of the most significant manufacturing industrial clusters in Finland. These factors create business opportunities for other types of business, particularly for operators in the logistics sector.
Skilled employees for businesses
Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT) and LAB University of Applied Sciences support the product development and research efforts of logistics businesses, and they train new skilled employees for businesses together with Salpaus Further Education.
The convertible and comprehensive track environment of the KymiRing motor racing circuit in Iitti in the Lahti region can be used for different types of driver training and equipment testing.
Developing logistics ecosystem
The logistics ecosystem of the Lahti region benefits from the region’s excellent location in relation to the Helsinki metropolitan area and the fact that the entire region is located near the domestic market and international harbours and an airport. Combined with the development of new road and business area infrastructure and the area’s cost efficiency, this location benefit makes the area highly functional and attractive for trade, businesses in the manufacturing industry that require logistics, and businesses that provide logistics services.
The area’s diverse logistics ecosystem also combines the development of competence, the training of logistics experts, developing testing capabilities, businesses specialising in logistics solutions, special expertise in such things as furniture and clothing logistics, a comprehensive service network for the needs of heavy-duty vehicle traffic, the development of logistics chains, and manufacturing businesses in the logistics sector.
New Lahti Southern Ring Road – new logistics zone in Southern Finland
All of the business areas located near the Lahti Southern Ring Road on main road 12 and the efficient transport connections to the Helsinki metropolitan area make this area one of the most significant logistics zones in Finland. The business areas located in the immediate vicinity of the ring road include the Pippo-Kujala business area in Lahti, the areas of Paassilta-Hopeakallio, Nostava and Kukonkoivu in Hollola, and the Pennala area in Orimattila, south of Lahti.
• Efficient and fast transport connections to Helsinki’s harbours and airports
• Significantly improves transverse transport connections in Finland
• Increases the reliability of transport operations, brings cost savings
• Approximately 20,000 cars daily
• One of Finland’s largest road projects
Top location for a business – the businesses in the ring road zone include Hartwall, for example; Viking Malt has invested EUR 100 million to construct a malthouse in the area; Fazer announced a huge investment into a confectionery factory in May 2022.
Education and expertise
Salpaus Further Education produces logistics professionals with different types of degrees for the needs of businesses. If necessary, training programmes can be customised to meet businesses’ needs.
LAB University of Applied Sciences offers bachelor of business administration (BBA) degrees in business economics and logistics and trains professionals specialising in healthcare logistics, among other things. Both of these educational organisations are also strengthening their training that supports expertise in electric transport.
Professorship in electric transportation
LUT University’s professorship and research team in electric transportation in Lahti ensure that Finland will obtain the latest research data on electric transportation to a sufficient degree.
A master’s degree programme in electric transportation systems will be launched in 2022 to meet businesses’ need for skilled employees.
KymiRing test track and educational cooperation
Located in Iitti, KymiRing offers driver training for different types of vehicles, from personal cars to heavy-duty vehicles, in its 180-hectare circuit area. The convertible and comprehensive track environment allows for all types of driver training. The circuit is also perfect for vehicle testing. KymiRing is open all year round, allowing testing to be carried out in all of the extreme weather conditions that occur in Finland.
At the forefront of green logistics of the future
Lahti GEM – the Lahti Green Electrification of Mobility Cluster – serves as a cooperation platform for businesses, educational institutions, research institutes and cities. The cooperation platform fosters the utilisation of the business and RDI opportunities offered by electric transport and builds solutions to the shortage of skilled labour.
Are you interested in the Lahti region and Lahti GEM? Visit the Lahti GEM website:
“This city is growing and evolving.”
- Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti
Invest in Lahti
We support businesses in the different stages of their life cycle and in relocating to the Lahti region. LADEC’s relocation service team is prepared to answer your questions and take responsibility for your smooth relocation to the Lahti region.
We will customise the Lahti All Inclusive relocation services according to your business’s needs. They may include services such as finding business premises and plots, providing support in recruiting skilled employees, identifying cooperation opportunities and potential partners, and introducing you to the local business networks