What is VTT

We are a visionary research, development and innovation partner

VTT is one of Europe’s leading research institutions. We are owned by the Finnish state. We advance the utilisation and commercialisation of research and technology in commerce and society. Through scientific and technological means, we turn large global challenges into sustainable growth for businesses and society. We bring together people, business, science and technology to solve the biggest challenges of our time. This is how we create sustainable growth, jobs and wellbeing and bring exponential hope.

Key figures*

  • 1942 year of VTT’s establishment
  • 2,129 number of employees 
    • 32.5% doctorate or licentiate degree
    • 48 different nationalities
  • 1,410 customers
    • of which 1,230 are domestic and international private sector customers
  • 244 M€ total revenue
    • Turnover 149 M€
    • Government grant 87 M€
    • Other operating income 8 M€
  • 45% of our turnover comes from abroad
  • 440 patent families
  • 27% of Finnish innovations include VTT’s expertise

*VTT Group 2020

Business operations

VTT’s research, development and innovation activities are divided into three business areas in which we develop solutions for companies and society. 

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Carbon neutral solutions

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Sustainable products and materials 

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Digital technologies

Corporate governance

VTT is a limited liability company that is fully owned by the Finnish state and operates under the ownership steering of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.

The annual general meeting is the highest decision making body of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

Tasks of VTT Board include overseeing the implementation of the company’s strategy and being responsible for the profitability of operations.

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VTT’s core mission is to develop sustainable solutions for our customers and for society. We seek sustainable solutions to major social challenges with our customers and partners. We take the principles of sustainable development into account in all our research and service activities, reporting and internal operations. 

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The values and ethical norms that guide our work: 

Our values

  1. Respect
  2. Together
  3. Passion
  4. Forerunner

Our ethical norms

Impartiality | Credibility | Integrity | Responsibility

Our strategy

Our strategy is to help companies and society in solving global challenges by utilising science and technology. Our research is guided by global challenges: together with our customers and partners we develop solution for those. When our customers undertake new and sustainable business activities that contribute to a brighter future, we have succeeded.

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History of VTT

VTT was founded in wartime Finland in 1942. Our nearly 80-year journey from the 1940s to the present day shows that science, technology and cooperation can turn even major societal challenges into opportunities for growth.

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