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New strategy for VTT


Focus on business competitiveness and social well-being

VTT's new strategy approved in June gives greater support to impact and benefits. The focuses selected for the strategy are the kind that will increase the competitiveness of Finnish society and business life and bring immediate benefits to customers and the society. During the strategy period VTT will give up research areas that have no immediate benefit for business and whose profiles are better suited to universities or other organisations. VTT will also be reorganising its operations. Detailed preparation will be carried out during Autumn 2013, before the new organisation comes into effect on 1 January 2014.

According to the strategy VTT will target better impact through operational focus, reorganisation and modes of operation. Other strategy starting points include greater financial profitability, a strong scientific base and success on the international competition field. Public and customer capital invested in VTT must produce a healthy return.

VTT's role is to support the development and renewal of business and society. Finland's challenging economic situation places emphasis on the building of new business, companies, ecosystems and networks. VTT will continue to play a leading role in implementing these through its research and innovation activities. VTT will also produce expertise based on technology, as well as information in support of societal and political decision-making. According to the strategy VTT will operate both internationally and in international networks. VTT's internationalisation objective will be to complement national expertise, to network Finnish companies, universities and research institutes in international projects and, for its own part, to support international research-intensive organisations in establishing themselves Finland. VTT will be active in EU research and framework programmes.

Three focus areas

The VTT strategy has three key focus areas related to research and customer activities. These are Knowledge intensive products and services, Smart industry and energy systems, and Solutions for natural resources and the environment. The three focuses will also represent VTT's business areas. In each of these focus areas VTT will strengthen research and customer activity related to business networks, technological foresight and innovation. VTT will use the focus areas to support the renewal of business, industries and society and the generation of new business. One important aspect will be the diversification of the export industry in all areas. VTT's choice of strategic focus areas are well in line with those of funding providers, universities and businesses.

During the strategy period VTT will relinquish research areas where no immediate benefit to business has been identified and whose profiles are better suited to universities or other organisations. Such areas will include basic research related to fusion reaction, cancer mechanisms, and blood plasma and serum metabolomics. VTT will also be giving up research areas for which customer demand has weakened, for example mechanical wood-processing and graphic printing. A number of negotiations have already been started with regard to expertise in these areas, for example with universities.

Organisation to support strategy implementation

To implement the strategy VTT will introduce a renewed organisational and operational model from 1 January 2014. The new model will target flexibility, a lighter cost structure, and the improved competitiveness of VTT. The activities of VTT Group companies will continue under the current operational model.

Areas of responsibility for VTT's senior management and management team members will be as follows:

• Knowledge intensive products and services (business area): Petri Kalliokoski

• Smart industry and energy systems (business area): Jouko Suokas

• Solutions for natural resources and the environment (business area): Kari Larjava

• Strategic Research: Anne Ritschkoff

• Business Support Services and Management: Seppo Viinikainen

• HR: Riitta Tolvanen

• Legal and Governance: Matti Karhunen

• Finance: Timo Nurminiemi

• IT Management: Markus Ekman

• Communications: Olli Ernvall

Customer relationships the key

All customer and project activity will continue seamlessly during the change. VTT's current structure will remain in place until the end of the year, with the new organisation being introduced on 1 January 2014. VTT is seeking greater impact through the renewed strategy and structure, for both customers and society at large. VTT's objective will be to improve customer operations and raise the level of customer satisfaction.