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Industrial renewal – Innovations empowering industry

VTT Review 2017

City and factory lights at night as seen from above

Renewing the design, manufacturing and service businesses will create new opportunities for industries in high-cost economies. The economic growth and employment of Finland are highly dependent on the success of the export industry. It is essential for Finland’s industrial sector to be one of the leading players in implementing future digital solutions and business models.

Tomorrow’s smart products and services are created in new industrial ecosystems supported by a globally connected platform economy. Opportunities will emerge from collaboration, service subscriptions and use of data. The growing share of services and novel business models based on big data strengthens the competitive advantage of Finnish industries.

Robotisation, flexible automation and artificial intelligence offer opportunities for enhanced production. Smart specialisation and digitalisation supports the competitiveness of production industries. A high dependence on resources (energy, materials, water) can be overcome by applying solutions of the circular economy.

Finland, with its high innovation capabilities and skilled work force, is ready to be a frontrunner in next-generation manufacturing and service businesses.


Examples of research results 2017

​​Competitiveness from digitalisation: VTT and Hydroline to develop new service business from hydraulic cylinders

VTT and Hydroline Oy have joined forces to develop networked, intelligent next-generation hydraulic cylinders. The project enables a transition from a product-centric business model to a new service-based business model to boost
competitiveness. Read more about networked, intelligent next-generation hydraulic cylinders >>

​​Digitalisation will revolutionise the textile industry: individual clothes quickly and on demand

In the near future, digitalisation will usher in significant changes in the textile, clothing and fashion industries thanks to innovations such as 3D modelling, intelligent clothing, robotics and product customisation. VTT is studying the solutions offered by new digital technologies, which will significantly accelerate the rotation speed of product ranges, shorten product development times, decrease production costs and promote sustainable choices. Read 'Will the Finnish clothing and textile industry take the digital leap?' at VTT's Blog >>

​​Modular drop-in fuel technology to boost bio-share of oil refineries

EU-funded project COMSYN aims to develop a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process. The target reduction of the biofuel production cost is up to 35% compared to alternative routes, which translates to less than 0.80 €/l production cost for diesel. The production concept is based on the distributed primary conversion of various kind of biomass residues to intermediate liquid products at small-to-medium scale (10-50 kt/a Fischer-Tropsch products, 30–150 MW biomass) units located close to biomass resources. The Fischer-Tropsch products will be upgraded to fuels in existing central oil refineries, also bringing the benefits of economy of scale for the overall process. Read more about a production concept for competitive bio-based fuels by means of a compact gasification and synthesis process >>

​​In the future, products are manufactured decentralized – towards a digital factory

VTT, Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) set up a demonstration of a digital factory. In this demo, different robots located in various facilities of the organisations involved are monitored and controlled remotely from one place. Read more about the joint digital factory demo in the SMACC workspace located in the Tampere Campus Arena >>


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