Billions spent on EU's largest commodity investment "RawMatTERS" where Luleå with Luleå University of Technology will play a key role. Photo LTU.

University in billion EU-investment

Published: 10 December 2014

Luleå with Luleå University of Technology is one of six locations in Europe who will be responsible for part of the European Union's biggest commodity investment "RawMatTERS". An initiative that is expected to yield higher competitiveness, new businesses and new quality jobs. It is clear after a decision within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

John Sterte, Vice Chancellor
John Sterte, Vice Chancellor at Luleå University of Technology. Photo Tomas Bergman

– This is a proof that Luleå University of Technology have world-class education and research. It also goes to show that northern Scandinavia is an area with excellent competence within the industry. This also provides great opportunities for powerful future investments for the University, says Johan Sterte, Vice Chancellor Luleå University of Technology.

The industry-driven consortium Raw Matters consists of 116 partners; global industry, the world's leading research institutes and universities from 22 countries in total. The initiative is part of the EU's efforts to establish the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) in strategic areas of Europe. The EIT has since three years ago established KIC's in the areas of climate change, renewable energy and ICT (Information and Communication Technology). Now EIT has appointed Raw Matters to drive a KIC in primary commodities.

– This is a unique opportunity for the European raw materials sector – an opportunity that the partners of the consortium are very well aware of. I am confident that all partners will contribute to boost innovation and excellence across Europe, says Professor Jens Gutzmer of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf.

The consortium has a broad coverage across the entire value chain and is regarded as the strongest partnerships that have so far been established in the raw materials sector. By the Partnership the innovation-ability in the sector will be strengthened, including new sustainable solutions, products and services. Another important task for RawMatTERS is to make the sector more attractive to young people. It is through the development of master and doctoral programs in close cooperation between education, research and industry.

Par Weihed Luleå University of Technology
Pär Weihed, professor at Luleå University of Technology and he is also chairman of the Northern Co-location, Raw Matters.

- Here our university, with its recognized expertise in the area, are going to have a very important task in the northernmost node. It's also why we put a lot of work and care for the EU's raw materials initiative to be a reality, says Per Weihed professor of ore geology at Luleå University of Technology and also chairman of the northernmost node.


RawMatTERS will have its headquarters in Berlin and six nodes in as many European cities, of which Luleå is one. Everyone has responsibility for various specializations within the field of raw materials. Luleå University of Technology will take the lead for innovation and training in the mining area in Europe. The other cities are Wroclaw, Poland, Espoo, Finland, Leuven, Belgium, Metz, France and Rome in Italy


Pär Weihed, professor at Luleå University of Technology and chairman of the Northern Co-location, Raw Matters - telephone 0920-49 13 71, 070-673 7077
Jenny Greberg, Chief Educational Officer, KIC interim management team and a lecturer at Luleå University of Technology 0920-49 28 40, 070-6412840
Maria Magdalena Holmgren, international coordinator of the Northern Co-location, 0920-492382, 070 6161961