VTT maintains top-level technology expertise in several key areas, and strives
to use this know-how to enhance the competitiveness and growth of companies
and organisations operating in Finland. Finland's industrial structure is in
transition, with companies or even entire sectors either renewing and
developing further or vanishing from the Finnish business scene. At this
critical juncture, VTT finds itself charged with the vital task of helping to
support Finland's renewal and the search for new growth.
Putting it a little more simply, competitiveness can be developed in two ways.
One is to create value for the customer by producing the same products and
services at lower cost. The other is to create greater value for the customer
by developing new or better products and services. Debate concerning Finland's
competitiveness has almost invariably revolved around the first of these,
namely costs. This is despite the fact that Finland's rise over the past few
decades – and indeed the global growth in productivity – derives from
technological development and its successful exploitation. This will continue
to be the case in future. VTT's technological expertise gives Finland a
cutting edge, and this is something we must take full advantage of.
As always, the companies that will succeed in Finland are those that seek
growth and renewal through technology – in other words, that take on the
mantle of forerunners in their field. Fortunately, Finland still has many of
these potential growth companies, in all shapes and sizes. VTT must identify
these companies and encourage them and others to seek out and benefit from the
opportunities that technology generates.
The goal that needs to be grasped at the national level is that companies
would see Finland as one of the most desirable countries in Europe for
building new business in the chosen areas where Finland has world-class
expertise and actors. At VTT level we must try to become one of Northern
Europe's most sought-after partners in those areas in which companies turn to
technology to develop and grow their business.
Chairman of the Board