In today’s world, networking, cooperation and combined competences are needed to develop Finland’s national knowledge base. VTT engages in active cooperation between stakeholders (companies, universities and colleges, research institutes, research funding agencies, ministries, municipal and regional administration) in order to foster regular information flows and a common vision of Finland’s priority areas.
VTT works in close collaboration with industry and highlights the renewal of industrial value chains and sustainable competitiveness in Finland and Europe. To achieve these objectives, VTT is making a major contribution to the development activities of regional innovation ecosystems and networking between local centres of expertise. VTT is playing a key role in forming a Finnish approach to the strategic initiatives from the Commission.
VTT is part of Team Finland network bringing together all state-funded internationalization services. In addition to normal project cooperation, VTT’s national partnerships include Finnish Centres of Excellence and shared research infrastructure such as Bioruukki, SMACC, PrintoCent, 5G Test Network Finland, Micronova, MIKES and VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety.
VTT in Finnish Centres of Excellence (Academy of Finland)
CoE in Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) (2012-2017)
CoE in Low Temperature Quantum Phenomena and Devices (2012-2017)
CoE in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials (2014-2019)
CoE in Quantum Technology (2018-2025)
Shared facilities at national level
Bioruukki - Circular Bioeconomy Pilot and Research Facility
SMACC - Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre
PrintoCent - Innovation Centre for Printed Electronics
5G Test Network Finland
Micronova - Cleanroom Facility for Microelectronics
MIKES - National Metrology Institute
VTT Centre for Nuclear Safety
As bio- and circular economy was recognized as a strategic priority for Finland, VTT and Aalto University started a collaboration to develop a world-class piloting centre in Espoo.
Bioruukki establishment, inaugurated 2015, made possible for VTT to offer one-stop-shop, top-level piloting capacity and competences for scale-up and demonstration, process development and custom manufacturing research and services in the field of new biobased chemicals, materials and fuels. VTT Bioruukki has close collaborations with other top European piloting centres.
Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre (SMACC)
Tampere regional strategy has always placed great importance on the renewal of manufacturing industries. In 2015 VTT, together with Tampere University of Technology and Tampere University of Applied Sciences established
Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre (SMACC). SMACC offers one-stop-shop to the network of research infrastructures and test facilities of the three partners around five themes: Digital Factory, Robotic Village, Digital Systems, Material Insight and Smart Machines. SMACC’s focus is to provide services to SMEs in Finland and build partnerships with the top international hubs.
With the joint efforts of VTT, Oulu University and City of Oulu, the printed intelligence manufacturing piloting centre
PrintoCent was founded to co-develop a credible plan for the industrial renewal of Oulu region and make Oulu a world leader in hybrid, flexible printed intelligence. In PrintoCent, companies get easy access to new business development and pilot manufacturing resources for the introduction of printed intelligence components, systems and products, from pilot production to early market trials. Moreover, PrintoCent has wide global reach with its international member companies and partners.
5G Test Network Finland
VTT coordinates the
5G Test Network Finland (5GTNF), a joint initiative between Finnish public and private sectors. 5GTNF is a 5G platform for technology and service experimentation comprising of multiple interconnected sites around Finland (Espoo, Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere and Ylivieska). VTT co-manages one of 5GTNF nodes. 5GTNF offers testing, trialling and piloting services as well as possibilities for bilateral cooperation within the ecosystem. The collaborating sites form a joint nationwide innovation platform, which aims to serve the needs of both industry and academia. Besides, it is part of important EU Infrastructures such as the 5G infrastructure PPP.
VTT Micronova is part of the OtaNano national research infrastructure located in Espoo, jointly operated with Aalto University. OtaNano is an open access research infrastructure, available for academic and commercial users internationally. Micronova facility is the main hub for R&D services in MEMS & micro-electronics including technology development, product development and manufacturing process development services and leading edge research. As well as publicly funded research, VTT conducts private contract research with global companies and SMEs.