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Shaping the Green Transition (SHAPE)

With Net Carbon Negative Surfaces

The Mirka SHAPE Ecosystem

Rapid economic growth, urbanization and excessive material usage pose a significant threat of an increasing manufacturing footprint. Despite this, Mirka sees an opportunity to develop new innovative solutions to support the green transition in cooperation with the Finnish industry. The aim is to create a cross-industrial ecosystem to develop solutions for the remanufacturing and construction industries, contributing to a net carbon negative impact.


Driving Green Transition of Manufacturing

Re-manufacturing Manufacturing

Business Finland has granted 10 million euros in development funding for the Mirka SHAPE project in the challenge competition as well as 20 million euros to the ecosystem companies surrounding the project. This is a unique project and the first of its kind in Finland.

The Veturi SHAPE ecosystem aims to take a share of the remanufacturing business growth which is expected to reach 90 B€ in the EU by 2030.


In the future Mirka’s surface finishing solutions and the SHAPE ecosystem can together decrease the carbon footprint of the European industry by 100 Mt, creating export opportunities worth several billion for the Finnish industry.

Mirka is the driver of the project, and the surrounding ecosystem consists of tens of actors from small-scale industries to large corporations, research institutes and universities. The launch event of the project will take place in the spring of 2023.

Mirka With SHAPE Ecosystem

Four Focus Areas

Boosting Circularity

Sustainable Materials

Repair, Reuse and Re-Manufacture​

Intelligence Throughout Value-Chains​


The Veturi SHAPE Ecosystem

Boosting Circularity

Linking Value-Chains to Close Resource Cycles​

From value chain to resource cycles 

  • Exploring the functionality of industrial byproducts in surface finishing applications
  • Elaborating the potential and value of different surface finishing waste, especially within industries handling wood, construction, plastics and fibre reinforced ​​

Circular logistics  

  • Mapping, assessing and modelling to secure the sustainability of logistics solutions enabling circularity
  • Modelling abrasive waste streams
  • Dust handling

Ecodesign-compliant surface finishing

  • Fully ecodesign-compliant abrasives
  • Circular and functional surface material solutions enabling full ecodesign compliance throughout the value chain
  • Building markets and business models for circular products

Ecodesign compliant textiles  

  • Develop for circularity
  • Evaluate/Develop biobased fibres and yarns
  • Cellulosic materials for textiles and recyclability

Sustainable Materials

Beyond Ecodesign

compliant coatings  

  • Sustainable resin formulation development
  • Biocomposites with unique properties
  • Nano and micron-sized cellulose materials
  • Functional fillers
  • Circular filters for resinse.gcarbon side streams or incineration dust

Non-fossil plastics

  • Sustainable plastic-like concepts​​

Sustainable cutting media technology & Printed ceramics

  • Printing techniques for sustainable manufacturing
  • Super hard materials
  • Exploring the potential of by-product side streams
  • Shaped ceramics by printing 

Sustainable surface conditioning materials

  • Biobased additives
  • VOC-free formulas for the healthy work environment

From dust to value

Repair, Reuse and Re-manufacture

Catching Carbon by Prolonging Product Life ​

Life cycle

  • Prolonging product life cycle through the development of new refurbishment and repair technologies.

Surface engineering 

  • Deepen the understanding of surfaces and surface interaction through analysis and optimization
  • Create ecodesign-compliant functional surfaces for durable long-life products. 

Surface finishing of sustainable materials 

  • Surface finishing solutions for new biobased or circular materials such as green concrete, biobased plastics, materials reinforced with natural fibres, biobased paint and coatings.

Sustainable surface conditioning 

  • Functional primers and coatings. 
  • Self-destructive primers or unzip surfaces
  • Paint rectification. 
  • Restoring windmill components and other fibre-reinforced structures.
  • Polishing Surface finishing restoring surfaces and prolonging the service life of for example consumer electronics.

Intelligence Throughout Value-Chains​

Data Driven Value Creation​

Machine learning & Advanced Analytics

  • Next-generation machine learnings models
    • Combine data-driven models with domain expert created physics centred models

Data models and APIs for intelligence and traceability

  • Modular solutions of models for easy reuse and maintenance
  • Supervisory control models ​
    • High-level multi-input multi-output controls for complex system optimization 

Data-driven sustainability management

  • Sustainability performance ratio
    • Method for comparing different products based on total solution footprint
  • Dust measurement (Health Index)
    • Index to evaluate the long-term effects of the work environment
  • Verified sustainable sourcing
    • Technologies centred around the verification of sourced raw materials

Future of Manufacturing

  • Intelligent surface finishing 
  • Smarter factories through robotization, inkjet and 3D printing


With Net Carbon Negative Surfaces

Shaping the Green Transition (SHAPE)

Co-operation beyond industry borders is a natural part of Mirka’s corporate culture. We are now happy to invite all companies and research organizations that share our vision to take part in this development project and build up the complete ecosystem

Mats Sundell

Research & Development Director, Mirka

Questions and Answers:

What Does Net Carbon Negative Mean?

Being net carbon negative means that the net effect of the carbon sequestration of a product, company, locality or country is such that it prevents or slows down climate change. In practice, more carbon is removed from the atmosphere than is emitted into it, so the number of emissions is negative. In the Mirka SHAPE project the aim is exactly this; develop remanufacturing and refurbishing technologies prolonging binding carbon throughout the value chain resulting in net carbon negative solutions for shaping and finishing surfaces.
Source: Sitra

What Is the Green Transition?

The green transition means a shift towards economically sustainable growth and an economy that is not based on fossil fuels and overconsumption of natural resources. A sustainable economy relies on low-carbon solutions that promote a circular economy and biodiversity.

For companies, the manufacturing industry and municipalities, the green transition can mean investments in clean energy production, circular economy solutions and hydrogen technology, and the introduction of different kinds of new services and operating models.
Source: Ministry of the Environment in Finland

What Does Remanufacturing Mean?

Remanufacturing means reusing or repairing components in order to rebuild old products. Hence the lifetime of the product is extended and the need of producing a new one is unnecessary.

What Is an Ecosystem?

In the SHAPE project, the ecosystem will consist of companies of different sizes as well as research groups, universities and other players. The aim of the ecosystem is to achieve the target of the SHAPE project by sharing knowledge and competence across industry borders.

What Is Meant by Circular Economy?

An economic model which does not focus on producing more and more goods, but in which consumption is based on sharing, renting and recycling. Materials are not destroyed in the end but are used to make new products over and over again.
Source: Sitra

What Is Meant by Sustainable Material?

Sustainable materials are materials used throughout our consumer and industrial economy that can be produced in required volumes without depleting non-renewable resources and without disrupting the established steady-state equilibrium of the environment and key natural resource systems. Sustainable materials are materials from renewable sources that can be produced at high volumes without adversely affecting the environment or critical ecologies.
Source: Rutgers

What Is Ecodesign?

The integration of environmental aspects into the product development process, by balancing ecological and economic requirements. Ecodesign considers environmental aspects at all stages of the product development process, striving for products which make the lowest possible environmental impact throughout the product life cycle.
Source: European Environment Agency

What Is Meant by a Product’s Value Chain?

A value chain refers to the full lifecycle of a product or process, including material sourcing, production, consumption and disposal/recycling processes.
Source: University of Cambridge


Shortly about Business Finland

Who is Business Finland?

Business Finland is a public organization providing internationalization and funding services to companies, accelerating sustainable growth, and generating prosperity and well-being for Finnish society. Business Finland helps customer companies grow and succeed globally, develop solutions for the future and renew their business operations boldly. The aim is to promote collaboration between companies and research groups so that new endeavours can develop into international business ecosystems.

Business Finland

The Business Finland Challenge Competition “Veturi”

What is Veturi?

Each year Business Finland launches challenge competitions in which companies with international operations agree to resolve significant future challenges and increase their research, development, and innovation investments in Finland. The winner will lead ecosystems that consist of companies of different sizes and other players to further enhance innovation in their field of business.

Veturi Challenge Competition

Contact Details

For more information, please contact:

Mats Sundell
Research and Development Director, Mirka, phone +358 40 094 8019


Charlotta Risku
General Manager, Mirka, phone +358 40 526 3623