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Overview of Finnish Stone Centre

Updated:2013-01-30 17:18:34
A new core for development activities in the field of natural stone in Finland is the Finnish Stone Centre, raised in the municipality of Juuka in North Karelia. The Stone Centre holds premises for exhibition activities, education, testing laboratory and also for small sized companies. The Stone Centre was opened in the summer of 2003.

The Finnish Stone Centre is a special example of the development work of GTK in the form of the participation for planning, financing, and establishment of the Geo Knowledge Centre exhibition as a part of the Stone Centre. The exhibition demonstrates the whole variety of the use of stone, from the stone ages to modern industry, especially showing the different aspects and uses of natural stone and the Finnish stone industry particularly.

GTK has designed and implemented the stone exhibition of the Geo Knowledge Centre. There are interactive and experimental entities complete with multimedia programs using interdisciplinary approach and theme selections. The Geo Knowledge Centre is planned as an educational destination for both adults and for children. The content of the Geo Knowledge Centre consists of seven themes: Origin of stone, history of the use of stone, stone as raw material, stone construction, stone as valuable, stone as a research subject, stone through the eyes of children.

In the Geo Knowledge Centre natural stone companies will introduce natural stone varieties of Finland, which are currently produced, with their special surface treatments. Multimedia programs will advice the visitor on the use of the stones.

The Finnish stone industry is concentrating its future development actions in a new development company Stone Pole Ltd. The aim of the company is to organize and manage R&D projects, manage a stone testing laboratory, and to organize and coordinate training and education activities. The company is also responsible for the operative functions of the Finnish Stone Centre.
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