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Compute Nordic Finland Oy and the City of Mikkeli signed the lease agreement of a 10-hectare plot for a data center

6 June 2024, Mikkeli, Finland. Compute Nordic Finland Oy and the City of Mikkeli have today signed the lease agreement of a 10-hectare plot which will enable the construction of a data center of a significant size.

– The entire process up to this point has been straight forward thanks to the City of Mikkeli and Mikkeli Development Miksei people, says Harald Riise, Chief Executive Officer of Compute Nordic. 

What attracted Compute Nordic to Mikkeli were location, transportation connections, cool climate, university operations, airport, and access to sustainable energy. And above all a good understanding from the very beginning with the city of Mikkeli and its principles.

– We are very happy to welcome Compute Nordic to Mikkeli and along with this project advance the green transition investments, says Janne Kinnunen, Mayor of the City of Mikkeli.

The city welcomes new jobs, too. Compute Nordic is keen to begin recruiting starting from Site Manager and Country Manager. New roles will include also Operations Manager, Facilities Manager, Customer Success Manager, and security and services resources. 

In the picture, from left, are Janne Kinnunen, Mayor of the City of Mikkeli, Topi-Antti Äikäs, Director of Land Use and Planning, Harald Riise, Chief Executive Officer, Compute Nordic Limited, Compute Nordic Finland Oy, and Ignacio Bazin, acting Country Manager Finland and Country Manager Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Compute Nordic to establish a data center in Mikkeli, Finland

Compute Nordic Finland Oy will lease a 10-hectare plot from the City of Mikkeli. The leased area in Visulahti will enable the construction of a data center of a significant size. The recruitment of key personnel is about to start.

The City of Mikkeli and Compute Nordic Finland Oy have entered into a land lease agreement, which enables a significant data center investment in Visulahti, Mikkeli. The city has made an official land lease decision. The parties will sign the lease agreement after the appeal period for the land lease decision has expired.

The area for the data center is located in the Visulahti business area at the intersection of highway 5 and main road 72, near Fingrid’s Visulahti substation. The area is 10 hectares in size. There is an existing detailed plan that allows the construction of a data center and related activities.

– We at Compute Nordic are extremely excited about coming to Mikkeli to provide great job opportunities in the region. In the coming months we look forward to recruiting several key personnel for the project. We would like to thank the City of Mikkeli and Mikkeli Development Miksei Ltd for all the support and help during the process, states Harald Riise, Chief Executive Officer, Compute Nordic.

The project is in the planning phase, and its final scope and schedule will be specified as the planning progresses. The company intends to use a part of the generated waste heat itself. The rest would be available to be utilised in the Mikkeli district heating network.

– We warmly welcome Compute Nordic and future jobs to Mikkeli. It is great to see that the systematic work our development company has done is now paying off, says Janne Kinnunen, Mayor of the City of Mikkeli.

Along with this project Mikkeli strengthens its position as an attractive location for green transition investments. Mikkeli offers plots of land suitable for projects. Furthermore, the national power grid running through the city, offers ample connection capacity for electricity intensive investments.

More information

Inquiries regarding Compute Nordic, please contact Anna Virrantaus, Mikkelin kehitysyhtiö Miksei Oy, tel. +358 40 5155 311.

Harald Riise, Chief Executive Officer, Compute Nordic Limited, Compute Nordic Finland Oy, hr@computenordic.com

Ignacio Bazin, acting Country Manager Finland and Country Manager Spain, Portugal and Italy, ignacio.bazin@computenordic.com

Topiantti Äikäs, Director of Land Use and Planning, City of Mikkeli, +358 40 129 5152, topiantti.aikas@mikkeli.fi

Jussi Heinimö, Program Director, Mikkeli Development Miksei Ltd, +358 40 5440 936, jussi.heinimo@mikseimikkeli.fi

Compute Nordic provides sustainable, carbon neutral data centres and computing resources including connectivity, infrastructure operation, application operation and management. Compute Nordic Finland Oy, based in Mikkeli, Finland is a daughter company of Compute Nordic Limited from United Kingdom. Read more: computenordic.com.

Through developing businesses, travel and business environment alike Mikkeli Development Miksei Ltd reinforces the attractiveness of the Mikkeli economic area by supporting 1200 companies each year. The company employs 40 experts in a variety of fields. Read more: mikseimikkeli.fi.

Mölnlycke invests 60 million euros in Mikkeli

The management of wound care product manufacturer Mölnlycke Health Care reports that its investment programme in the company’s Mikkeli factory will be completed in 2020. The programme, that has spanned over several years, has allocated a total of nearly 60 million euros in equipment and expansion investments.

The Mikkeli production facility is a prime example of how industrial employment can be increased in Finland. Two years ago, the factory had approximately 380 employees, whereas in 2019, the unit employs already 550 people.

Timo Saahko, Managing Director, affirms that the investments have picked up momentum as a result of high growth prospects.

“The coming years will be busy, and sizeable investments will be made during 2020. Older equipment will be replaced as the increased production rate focuses on advanced wound care products and Mölnlycke’s patented Safetac technology.”

According to Saahko, the company will invest approximately 10 million euros in the Mikkeli factory in 2020. Investment in the Mikkeli factory increases as Mölnlycke aims to have the world’s leading and most efficient production and product development facilities for advanced wound care products.

“We develop the operation of the Mikkeli production facility in a very systematic manner.”

Investor AB, a Wallenberg family investment company that owns Mölnlycke, states on its website that Mölnlycke is capable of reaching solid growth, results and cash flow.

In 2017, the City of Mikkeli constructed 2,300 square metres of new storage space for the company, increasing the total area of the factory’s storage facilities to 20,000 square metres. The city and the company have concluded an eight-year lease agreement for the facilities.

“Our cooperation with the City of Mikkeli has been seamless.”

The construction of a new production clean room is underway in the old storage facility which was freed as a result of completing the new 15-metre-high storage facility that can house up to 5,000 pallets.

“Our know-how and attitude at the Mikkeli factory have inspired confidence in us at the company headquarters in Gothenburg. Our products are not the easiest ones to manufacture, but we have proved our efficiency. Our vision for 2020 is to be the world’s leading and most efficient production and product development facility for advanced wound care products,” Saahko states.

About Mölnlycke
Gothenburg-based Mölnlycke Health Care manufactures wound care and surgical products in Mikkeli. The company operates in 90 countries and employs 7,500 people worldwide.

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