The history of VTT: 2000s
2000s: Business from technology
New organisation – new visual identity
At the beginning of 2002 VTT’s eight research institutes were reduced to six by combining synergetic research. The purpose of the reorganisation and the consequent combination of expertise was to ensure the achievement of the goals set out in VTT’s strategy and to safeguard both the current and future technological expertise, internationalisation and competitiveness of the research centre.
VTT celebrated its 60th anniversary January 16, 2002. A new logo and visual identity were introduced to communicate renewed, modern and dynamic VTT.
In order to find new research openings and to improve the impact of its work, VTT has focused its own research activity on larger programmes in which its multidisciplinary expertise in science and technology can be more fruitfully exploited. In addition to the achievement of technology goals, the programmes also include preparatory work for the commercialisation of research results. The theme programmes include Future Communication technologies, Clean world, Intelligent products and systems, and Safety and reliability.
Two megatrends: sustainable development and digitalisation have a strong
impact on the focus areas of VTT’s research. In 2008, VTT had four spearhead
programmes and eight large innovation programmes in progress.
Printed Intelligence is an excellent example of the benefits gained by focusing in large research programmes. VTT is laying the foundations for a new industry in which ICT, electronics and printing technologies are combined. As a result of the programme the first products manufactured by the roll-to-roll process reached the market. New indicators such as a thermally activated acid indicator and a moisture indicator have been developed for food packaging applications.
VTT further renewed its structure and modes of operation in the beginning of 2006. The purpose of this operating model is to ensure that the opportunities afforded by new technologies spawned from strategic research can be exploited in collaboration with customers and partners. By increasing the parallel working of VTT’s functions, the commercialisation of innovations can be speeded up and the transition from research to business can be accomplished seamlessly.
VTT’s services support the customer in all stages of the innovation process from the identification of technology, market and operating environment trends to the attestation of mandatory product conformity prior to market launch.
VTT has created a portfolio concept for customer-focused services supporting R&D and innovation activity. This new concept provides both customers and researchers a clearer picture of how research, know-how and VTT’s services can open up new opportunities for a customer’s business.
In addition to technological development services, VTT is now better able to support its customers in the exploitation of industrial rights and also to offer testing, product approval, certification and other expert services in support of product development and commercialisation.
VTT looks deep into future when developing its own knowledge and expertise. It therefore supports customers in their efforts to develop their businesses proactively, taking account of future changes in the operating environment. VTT’s technology and business foresight services give companies the ability to respond to future trends and challenges.
VTT’s strong and extensive collaboration networks promote effective technology development and transfer, and help to create international competitiveness. VTT is one of the five most active research institutes in the EU’s programmes and is easily Finland’s biggest player in EU projects. VTT has approximately 350 international public research projects going on each year.