Tampere gets a new cluster in textile research
VTT, Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and the Swedish IFP Sicomp are forming a new strong concentration of materials technology and textile applications in Tampere. The combination of VTT materials technology, TUT and IFP R&D and testing services adds up to something unique at the disposal of enterprises in the textiles industry.
Services in the textile industry will continue in Tampere, since TUT has established an intelligent garments laboratory and IFP Sicomp has also started up services in testing and laundering here. IFP already has such operations in Sweden and the Baltic countries. VTT will complement this by providing R & D services for plastic compounds in multipurpose applications.
According to Mr. Järventie the garments trade is labour intensive, and there is plenty of work in design and marketing for Finland. For intelligent garments there's also plenty of work to be done in production. On the other hand in the textile field the focus in Finland is on R&D, and there are plenty of markets in Finland and abroad. Examples of competitive special products include wires for paper machines, disposable cloths, filters and fibreglass-based sails for wind power facilities.
"Companies in the textiles field have a great appreciation of VTT R&D. The advantages include Finnish as an operating language, reliability and proximity. But VTT still needs to stay up front in the competition, as the transfer of equipment and knowledge to international research institutes is easier than it used to be," Mr. Järventie continues.
VTT discontinued its own testing and laundering services in textile technology. Most of the research personnel have succeeded in finding new employment.Further information:
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