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Printed intelligence to generate new business for industry in the Navarre region in Spain


Required expertise and new business to be built using the roadmap outlined by VTT

A centre of excellence for printed intelligence is to be built in the Navarre region in Spain. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is delivering a roadmap study on printed intelligence to the Asociación de la Industria Navarra for this purpose. The study outlines what kind of expertise will be required for research and development in printed intelligence in the future and what kind of applications are to be expected in the selected branches of industry. The new centre of excellence is expected to generate significant new business while supporting sectors in which the region is already strong.

Printed intelligence applications in Navarre include the food industry, medicine and renewable energy. For the Asociación de la Industria Navarra, the roadmap offers a comprehensive and multi-dimensional operating guide. It features three future scenarios for each of the selected sectors, a listing of the technologies that best fit each of these scenarios and their feasibility for commercial use.

The roadmap has been prepared by a team of experts at VTT with an exceptionally broad range of cross-discipline expertise enabling the gauging of the potential and practical applications of the technology. International transfer of expertise on this scale is unprecedented in the area of printed intelligence.

Development has also been pursued in cooperation with local experts. This cooperation has run smoothly and is expected to continue after the delivery of the roadmap study.

The final stage of the project started in August with the selection of the principal technologies to be developed and their practical applications and with the securing of the expertise necessary for their development.

The centre of excellence is particularly expected to generate complete commercial practical applications that support sectors in which the Navarre region is already strong.

‘Printed intelligence’ refers to electronic functionality manufactured using traditional printing technologies. The method is suitable for a number of platforms such as product packaging. Finland and VTT are acknowledged as world leaders in the field, thanks to the Printed Electronics and Optical Measurements Innovation Centre, PrintoCent.

The roadmap study was commissioned by the community of Ayuntamiento de Estella-Lizarra in the Navarre region and is being funded by the Spanish’s Ministry of Science and Innovation and the Government the Navarre. Navarre is an autonomous region in Spain.

The value of the commission for VTT is just under EUR 100,000 at the moment. A total of EUR 4.2 million has already been invested in the building of the centre of excellence for printed intelligence in Navarre. A total of EUR 900,000 will be invested in equipment for the centre of excellence between 2008 and 2010. The operating budget for 2011 will be EUR 1.1 million.