VTT has created solutions worth hundreds of millions that help our customers and the society improve productiveness and wellbeing.
VTT's impacts on growth, employment and wellbeing come about mainly through the improvements of VTT customers' competitiveness. VTT's activities have impacts on business enterprises, the innovation environment and the society.
VTT creates business from technology (impacts on business enterprises)
By creating and applying new technology VTT improves the competitiveness of products and services and promotes the creation of new businesses. VTT can help its customers and co-operation partners at all stages of the innovation process providing services from technology foresight to product development, concept development, commercialisation, testing and venturing. VTT improves the productivity of R&D activities by developing and helping to speed up the innovation process.
VTT is an integral part of Finland's innovation system (impacts on the innovation system)
By creating science-based innovations VTT promotes confidence in the benefits of innovative activity. VTT helps to strengthen cutting-edge research in technology centres and promotes co-operation in the global innovation network. VTT boosts regional innovative activity and thereby creates wellbeing and new competitiveness.
VTT creates wellbeing in the society (impacts on the society)
Through the generation of new business opportunities based on new and improved products and processes VTT helps to create new jobs and wellbeing and enhance safety and security of our living environment. VTT promotes the development of industries and public services as well as norms and standards and provides a sound knowledge base that can be utilised in social decision-making.
Impact of VTT’s projects (Taloustutkimus Oy, VTT customer survey, 2011)
91% of the respondents to VTT’s customer survey reported that their knowledge
base and expertise had improved.
74% had already commercially utilised the results of their VTT project or
expect to do so within the next three years – 28% said that it wasn't even
67% believed that a VTT project had speeded up or otherwise improved research
and development work.
66% confirmed that new products, services or processes were created.
55% thought that a VTT project had promoted networking.
55% believed that a VTT project had contributed positively towards the opening
up of new business opportunities.
49% reported that their competitiveness had improved.
48% said that a VTT project had promoted their marketing.
28% reported that a whole new technology was adopted.
17% said that a new business concept or a new earnings model was created.
Significant prizes and accomplishments
The Finnish Association of Purchasing and Logistics (LOGY) honoured Research
Professor Nils-Olof Nylund with the Logistician of the year 2010 award for his
accomplishments in the research on emission control of heavy-duty vehicles.
Research Professor Tommi Karhela received the first VTT Award for
exceptionally outstanding work.
The concept proposing that water know-how will take Finland to the top
received the most votes in the national Tehtävä Suomelle (Mission for Finland)
competition organised and broadcast by MTV3. The winning idea is based on the
SWEET water research centre established by VTT and Kemira.
The Association of Finnish Chemical Societies awarded Research Scientist
Katariina Nyman with the prize for the best Master’s thesis in biotechnology
in 2009. Nyman’s thesis studied the possibilities of enzyme-aided de-inking of
A surface cleanliness test developed by VTT and Orion Diagnostica received the
Innovation Award of the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland. The solution
received accolade on its multidisciplinary approach and successful cooperation
among the business and research sectors.
VTT was again voted most popular employer by Finnish technology students in a
President & CEO Erkki KM Leppävuori was appointed to the European High Level
Expert Group on Key Enabling Technologies that was set up to promote European
expertise, innovations and business in key enabling technologies (KETs), such
as nanotechnology, micro- and nanoelectronics, biotechnology and photonics.
The Circuit World journal honoured VTT with the Outstanding Paper Award for
its researchers’ article on a new type of thermoplastic substrate material for
printed circuit boards.
VTT’s Head of Information Service, Kirsi Tuominen, was awarded the Vuoden
Tietojohtaja 2010 (Knowledge Manager of the Year 2010) award in recognition of
her role in the international knowledge sector and as a pioneer in knowledge
Senior Research Scientist Tekla Tammelin’s doctoral thesis ‘The Surface of the
Cellulose Fibre’ received the Akzo Nobel Nordic Prize in Surface and Colloid
Chemistry for 2010.
The Eco-mining concept developed by Research Scientist Elina Vestola and
Special Research Scientists Mona Arnold and Jutta Laine-Ylijoki received the
2010 EARTO Innovation Prize - Highly Commended by the Jury. The process
provides a cost-effective means of metal recovery from waste using bioleaching
and other technologies.
According to the Finnish Science Barometer 2010 published by the Finnish
Society for Scientific Information, VTT is the most reliable research
organisation in Finland.
The ITEA-ARTEMIS Co-Summit 2010 presented the SOFIA and DiY Smart Experiences
projects with the Exhibition Award, while the ESNA and CAM4Home projects
received the ITEA Achievement Award.
Tekes and Suomen Asuntotietokeskus honoured VTT with the housing market
innovation award for achievements in research and development that promotes
energy efficiency in buildings.
Senior Vice President, Communications
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