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IT and forest companies to start close cooperation - plants as innovation platform

Headed by VTT, a group of Finnish forest companies, companies in the digital sector and research institutes will start a two-year SEED project that will generate new type of innovation activity originating from the needs of business operations. The aim is to develop together digital solutions that will improve the international competitiveness of all participants.

The Finnish forest industry is known for extremely high level of technology and competence. For the industry to take the next big leap in terms of competitiveness and productivity, it must carefully consider new digital opportunities to develop practices, products and services, as well as business models and networks. Identifying and utilising these opportunities requires close cooperation with IT companies, and a common language must be created between these actors.
"We want to help the forest industry to take full advantage of the huge potential the Finnish IT sector can offer. The SEED project brings those in need to the same table with those who have something to offer. The purpose is to innovate digital concepts with which the forest industry can enhance its operations within and between the plants and throughout the life cycle of each plant. The aim is to improve the international competitiveness of the Finnish forest companies. At the same time, the actors in the IT sector can develop new products and establish new routes to a new customer segment and international markets", says Jutta Nyblom, Co-creation Manager at VTT.

Innovation ecosystem aims at long-term cooperation

In the SEED project, the forest companies open their doors for application developers and researchers. The participants together aim at discovering the types of tasks and processes to which digitalisation could be applied in plants, and how it could be applied. Such applications could be, for example, service and maintenance tasks as well as exchange of information between shifts and plants. As usual with all types of innovation development nowadays, the aim is to work as quickly as possible to make the concepts and demos generated from the ideas available to users for testing and also to get the resulting solutions further to the markets.

VTT coordinates innovation ecosystem projects in other sectors as well, and being an independent actor in this role, it can pass on the best practices between the projects. VTT's competence in developing the IT sector, industrial operational plans and business operations are all available in the SEED project.

Read more about co-operation from: https://www.vttresearch.com/media/news/it-and-forest-companies

For more information, please contact:

Nyblom Jutta
Co-Creation Manager

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