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Pöyry history

The Pöyry story began in 1958 when over the course of one night Dr Jaakko Pöyry agreed to do the basic engineering for the Äänekoski sulphate pulp mill in Finland. From that night on Pöyry grew. First to Sweden and the other Nordic countries followed by Europe, the Americas and eventually to the rest of the world. By its tenth anniversary, the company had produced nearly 10 000 drawings and had a staff of more than 100. And by its twentieth anniversary the company had produced more than 75 000 drawings and had a staff of more than 1000.

As the company grew the culture did too. But what set Pöyry apart already in the early years was integrity. Clients could always count on Pöyry engineers and consultants for advice. The advice was honest and straightforward - always the best, most thought out advice available.

It wasn't until 1993 when Soil & Water and Ekono Energy joined Pöyry that the company began to expand its roots by creating synergies between its forest industry knowledge and the energy and environment industries. Soil & Water's roots date back to 1949 and Ekono's back to 1911.

By the end of 1990s, Pöyry had diversified further: it was now a publicly listed company and by joining forces with Electrowatt Engineering, Pöyry had even stronger references in a variety of sectors. Electrowatt Engineering dates back as far as 1898 with impressive references such as the Rheinfelden Power Station and the Gotthard base tunnel.

Since 2000, Pöyry developed a wave of new competencies in energy, water and environment, transportation and construction services. It expanded its local office network into ~50 countries.

By 2013, Pöyry further evolved its business,  increasing its local focus in key domestic markets with the establishment of a distinct Regional Operations business. The move provides a better platform to serve the many small to medium-sized client assignments received. It also took important steps to expand its industry and energy positions, establishing a leading position in the following global competence lines in: pulp & paper, mining & metals, chemicals & biorefining, hydro power & renewables, thermal power, nuclear power, and transmission & distribution areas.

Dr Jaakko Pöyry at his desk