“Five for five” with Tuomas Ruusu

Nov 2, 2023

As many young children in Finland, Tuomas dreamt about being a professional hockey player, making it to the NHL. After many years of chasing his dream, he decided on a different path. One that might seem totally unrelated to ice hockey, but in the context of Finland, more related than you think. Because in Finland, papermaking and hockey share values of tradition, innovation and international recognition.

Five for five with Tuomas Ruusu

After finishing his studies, he worked as a process engineer at the Kaipola paper mill. Shutdowns and acquisitions then resulted in various moves. Before joining Valmet in August 2023, he held the position as Operational manager at Meyr-Melnhof’s PM1 paper machine.

Today, in his role as QMS Business Manager, he sees as a positive challenge in helping Valmet gain the same good reputation in the Nonwovens and Converting fields as the company has in the paper and board segment.

1. Describe working at Valmet in one word?


2. How would you describe our team spirit?

As a newcomer, I would really like to highlight the team spirit I have seen since I joined. I have been amazingly welcomed and everyone has been very helpful towards me. I think inside Valmet there is a natural “will to work” as a team and reach our goals as a team.

3. What do you like to do when you are not working?

I played ice hockey for 20 years but nowadays I just prefer to watch the games. I play golf during summer, and I love to take long walks with my dog, Rolle.

4. If someone wanted to start getting to know you, what’s a good topic to start with? 

Almost any sports-related topic will get me going.

5.   What motivates you?

My biggest motivation is to reach goals with the whole team. Continuous improvement done together with the team is my core value.


Tuomas with Rolle who is a 3 year old Staffordshirebullterrier


  Heading out for day of golf  

  Sailing Kotka harbour for maritime festival      

“Five for five” with the Nonwovens Team

The Valmet nonwovens team members hold various positions and are located across the world. In this series we welcome you to get to know five of our colleagues by reading their answers to five quick questions.