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VTT and RISE strengthen bio- and circular economy collaboration

The Nordic research organisations VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) have signed a new agreement to establish a framework for collaboration in the field of bio- and circular economy test and demo infrastructures. The purpose is to create a comprehensive infrastructure portfolio for the benefit of their customers and to plan future investments.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) have signed a new agreement to establish a framework for collaboration in the field of bio- and circular economy test and demo infrastructures. The purpose is to create a comprehensive infrastructure portfolio for the benefit of their customers and to plan future investments and was signed in Espoo, Finland, on May 6, 2019, by Pia Sandvik, CEO at RISE (left) and Antti Vasara, CEO at VTT (photo courtesy VTT).

Industrial renewal is vital for Finland and Sweden, and this disruption won’t take place without new technologies and innovations. Both research organisations, VTT, and RISE share the same goal to support sustainable development, change towards carbon neutral society and renewal of forest industry. The agreement was signed in Espoo, Finland, on May 6, 2019, by Antti Vasara, CEO at VTT and Pia Sandvik CEO at RISE.

We will set up ambitious goals for the collaboration because that is the only way to bring significant benefits for both Finnish and Swedish societies. VTT’s and RISE’s expertise and infrastructures complement each other well, and therefore we can accomplish more and serve our customers better, said Jussi Manninen, EVP from VTT.

A year ago, VTT and RISE signed an agreement to increase R&D co-operation in the field of forest bioeconomy. The new agreement will extend the collaboration to also include the use and development of pilot and demo infrastructures. The cooperation will focus especially on biomaterials, biofuel manufacturing processes and digitalisation of a biobased and circular economy.

Research infrastructure in pilot and demo scale in combination with experienced staff are a prerequisite for upscaling and implementing of new bio-based processes and products. Together RISE and VTT creates a very strong offer that further strengthens our positions as leading institutes in the development of new products and processes based on biomass, said Marco Lucisano, Senior Vice President Bioeconomy Division RISE.

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