The brains of Nynas: Mika Lahtinen

With long, successful industry experience – previously as Head of Tyre Material Research & Development at Nokian Tyres – Mika Lahtinen plays an important part in Nynas’ ambition to be the world’s leading tyre oil supplier. Find out what's on his mind.

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Sustainability
Oil may not be the first material that comes to mind when you think about sustainability. Yet as a chemist and material scientist I have been given valuable tools to reduce rolling resistance, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, and also to improve driving and workplace safety. Using naphthenic oil in tyres also is in line with legal requirement on reducing harmful polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

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Experience
For 20 years, I have worked with numerous projects related to tyre and rubber material technologies. I can apply this experience when talking with our customers, who really seem to appreciate it and feel that we can provide them with something unique.

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Innovation
Having worked a lot with R&D projects, I have grown to understand the meaning of innovation. Naturally it is often approached from an angle of sustainability, yet without sacrificing other parts of technical and financial performance.

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Children+sports=coaching
I started coaching children in floorball when my son was 4 years old. Now he is 16, and for many years I have not been able to help him and his team. Instead, I am now coaching girls of 6 and 7, including my daughter. They are enthusiastic, creative and always ready to learn something new.

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Support from the network
A large part of my work consists of supporting our customers. At the same time I receive great support from colleagues, other suppliers and partners, previous workmates and customers. You can always learn from others!

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Travel
I enjoy meeting new people and visiting new locations and cultures. Yet travelling requires a lot of energy and time, so whenever the last meeting is finished, I just want to get to the airport and I will often fall asleep while the plane is still taxiing. At times, it’s tough to be global!

Mika Lahtinen
With long, successful industry experience – previously as Head of Tyre Material Research & Development at Nokian Tyres – Mika Lahtinen plays an important part in Nynas’ ambition to be the world’s leading tyre oil supplier. Dr Lahtinen holds a Ph.D. in Materials & Polymer Chemistry from the Tampere University of Technology. He joined Nynas in 2016 and now holds the position of Technical Manager of the Tyre Group.