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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is a state owned and controlled non-profit limited liability company.[1] VTT provides research and innovation services and information for domestic and international customers and partners, both in private and public sectors. VTT is part of Finland's innovation system and operates under the mandate of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. VTT Group has four subsidiary companies: VTT Expert Services Ltd,[2] VTT Ventures Ltd,[3] VTT International Ltd and VTT Memsfab Ltd.[4]

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy
Teknologiska forskningscentralen VTT Ab
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Main building of VTT in Otaniemi, Espoo
Agency overview
FormedJanuary 16, 1942; 77 years ago (1942-01-16)
HeadquartersVuorimiehentie 3, Otaniemi, Espoo
MottoBeyond the obvious
Employees2,177 (VTT Group 31.12.2018)
Agency executives
  • Antti Vasara, President & CEO
  • Aaro Cantell, Chairman
Parent departmentMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Child agencies
  • VTT Expert Services Ltd
  • VTT Ventures Ltd
  • VTT International Ltd
  • VTT Memsfab Ltd

VTT has several unique R&D facilities,[5] among them Bioruukki,[6] the largest bioeconomy pilot and research facility in the Nordic countries, PrintoCent,[7] the world's first pilot factory for printed intelligence and electronics industrialisation, and RoViR, Remote Operations and Virtual Reality Centre.[8]

36% of VTT Group's revenue comes from the public sector in Finland, 32% from the private sector in Finland and 32% from public and private sectors outside Finland.[9]



VTT was founded in 1942[10] to do scientific research work and to boost manufacturing during wartime. VTT has always been in a key position in the development and transfer of new technology in Finland and works in close co-operation with technical universities and other domestic and international partners. Nowadays VTT is a multidisciplinary organisation whose research and development work covers all the different fields of technology. Digitalisation [11] and sustainability are the two guiding trends in VTT's research activities. VTT has its headquarters in Otaniemi.

Technology for augmented reality applications, novel bacterial strain for improved ethanol production, medical imaging equipment to diagnose skin cancer, development of roll-to-roll printed inverted organic solar cells, and solutions for constructing close to zero energy district are examples of the results of VTT's R&D work.[12]

Customers rate the impact of VTT's activities high. 68% reported increased competitiveness based on their co-operation with VTT.[13]

VTT's key technology fieldsEdit

VTT operations are now organised into three business areas:[14]

1. Knowledge Intensive Products and Services

- focus areas: industrial internet, digital health and hyperconnected society

2. Smart Industry and Energy Systems

- focus areas: machinery and automation, efficient energy and smart cities

3. Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment

- focus areas: bioeconomy, circular economy and cleantech.

International cooperationEdit

VTT has for years been the most active Finnish participant in EU-funded research projects. VTT is engaged in over 400 international public research projects each year. VTT plays a key role in national and international innovation partnerships. 96% of VTT's customer survey respondents reported that their co-operation with VTT in a project promoted their networking.[15] Over 30% of VTT's revenues come from public and private sector outside Finland.[16]


VTT has 2,368 employees (2017), of which 80% have a university degree. VTT has a patent portfolio of over 1,400 patents, and about 1,300 publications yearly.[17]


VTT substantially contributes to graphene research for the European Union Graphene Flagship project.[18]


  1. ^ "VTT Technical Research Centre Act Amending The Eu And The Centre For Metrology Limited Company".
  2. ^ "VTT Expert Services Ltd". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  3. ^ "VTT Ventures Ltd". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  4. ^ "VTT Memsfab Ltd". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  5. ^ "Pilot plants and R&D infra". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  6. ^ "BIORUUKKI pilot centre". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  7. ^ "R2R pilot environment for printing and hybrid manufacturing". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  8. ^ "ROViR Remote Operations and Virtual Reality Centre". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  9. ^ "VTT Review 2015". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  10. ^ "The history of VTT". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  11. ^ "Digitalization and Digitization – Culture Digitally". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  12. ^ "References". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  13. ^ "Customer perspective to the impact of VTT's projects". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  14. ^ "Organisation". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  15. ^ "Customer perspective to the impact of VTT's projects". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  16. ^ "VTT Review 2015". Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  17. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  18. ^ "Finland's vital role in the production of graphene". SCITECH EUROPA. 2019-08-20. Retrieved 2019-08-21.

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