The Finnish PrintoCent innovation centre programme will invest more than EUR
10 million over three years in projects that aim at converting research
results in printed electronics and optical measurement technology into
industrial and business activity. PrintoCent refines the results of ongoing
research and development projects into business with the help of prototypes
and product demonstrators.
PrintoCent is an innovation centre of printed electronics and optical
measurement technology that develops research, education and business activity
in the field. The centre is coordinated by VTT. Currently, PrintoCent's
research and development projects employ approximately 150 persons. The
centre's research and development project base already amounts to more than
EUR 10 million per year.
PrintoCent's objective is to reinforce Finland's position as one of Europe's
leading innovation centres in printed electronics and optical measurement
technology. The new three-year special programme will aim at taking research
results from laboratories into industrial production and products in
cooperation with Finnish and foreign companies. The aim is to generate new
companies and hundreds of industrial jobs in the Finnish region of Oulu, which
is famous for its electronics expertise.
Funded by the European regional development fund, the State Provincial Office
of Oulu's education department, the City of Oulu and companies, a project
entitled "Printed electronics innovation environment 2009–2011" has commenced,
building a pilot manufacturing environment for printed electronics and
diagnostics for VTT in Oulu. The environment will serve the development of
manufacturing and production methods as well as equipment from laboratories
towards industrial manufacturing.
Research Professor Harri Kopola, VTT, considers the funding decisions
"The funding provides us with an opportunity to build the leading innovation
environment in Europe, if not the world. Now, we have the tools for taking the
next step in the product industrialisation path," says Kopola.
PrintoCent was founded by VTT, the University of Oulu, Oulu University of
Applied Sciences and Oulu Innovation Oy. The centre is a part of the Oulu
Innovation Centre, which was established in February.