FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working Towards a World That Lasts Forever

On Thursday 5th March the FBCC partnered with our Patron member Outokumpu to organise Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working Towards a World That Lasts Forever event held at the Residence of the Ambassador of Finland 

Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel with the vision to be the undisputed number one. The company serves customers in a wide range of industries – from catering and appliances to building and construction, transportation and chemical, petrochemical and energy industries, as well as the process and resources industries – use our stainless steel and services worldwide. Being fully recyclable, maintenance-free, as well as very strong and durable material, stainless steel is one of the key building blocks for sustainable future. 

The successful event brought together more than 80 people from the industry including key decision makers in infrastructure, architecture and politics 

The event focused on sustainability and using sustainable solutions in building process, and how stainless steel can solve many current issues in water distribution, architecture and infrastructure. After Ambassador Markku Keinänen’s opening speech, Mr Maciej Gwozdz gave a presentation on stainless steel and why it is a sustainable choice. The attendees then heard from Mr Peter Bamforth about water distribution and the benefits of using stainless steel in water piping. Next up Mr Jörn Teipel talked about stainless steel in architecture, followed by Mr Andy Backhouse discussing the use of stainless in infrastructure. The event finished with a Q&A with the panellists and Camilla KaplinOutokumpu’s Senior Environment Manager 

The guests were left with a deep understanding of the importance of a long-term outlook when it comes to sustainability in building and infrastructure. While carbon steel may seem like a cost effective choice, when you consider the cost of maintenance over the next decades, the cost becomes unsustainable. Whereas stainless steel will last at least a 100 years without any maintenance (the only reason to say only a 100 years is because stainless steel has not been around longer). 

The FBCC were proud to work with Outokumpu on this event More photos on the FBCC Facebook page!

Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working towards a world that lasts forever

On this event FBCC is partnering with our Patron member Outokumpu and The Finnish Embassy.

The Finnish Ambassador’s residence is hosting an afternoon networking event between leading Finnish company Outokumpu Stainless and selected leading UK governmental, academic, not-for-profit organisations and UK-based companies with an interest to drive forward the need for greater levels of sustainability in the built environment in the UK.

Outokumpu Stainless is Europe’s largest stainless-steel producer with head office in Helsinki, and strong manufacturing interests in Finland and UK.

The event will focus on the theme of sustainability in the use of modern stainless-steel engineering materials, with particular focus on the opportunity to transform thinking about these materials and their role in society. Stainless steel is a British invention and an engineering material with a remarkable combination of properties giving high quality and cost-effective long-life solutions to the word’s infrastructure challenges. Outokumpu focusses on producing stainless steel in an environmentally advantageous way and encourages its use to maximise environmental benefit.

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

The FBCC is an independent, non-profit organisation, recognized throughout the Finnish, British and international business communities. The Chamber offers four different membership categories: Patron, Corporate, Professional and Young Professional.