- Published: September 2010
- Region: Finland
Nanotechnology Sector in Finland
- Published: June 2006
- Region: Finland
- 7 Pages
- Government Sources
Finland is one of the top countries in Europe in nanosciences. It is investing heavily in nanotechnologies - €70m has have been allocated for the 5-year FinNano programme by the Finnish Technology Agency Tekes and the Finnish Academy, and there is an allocation of further €30m for other nano-related R&D programmes.
Applications in nanotechnology in areas such as production of nanomaterials, storing and display of information and applications related to quantum computing, modelling and measurement tools and software as well as new energy sources are being studied in academia, but few commercial applications exist so far. Challenges of nanotechnology in Finland, similarly to other countries, lie in the commercialisation of technology from laboratories to the markets.
There were approximately 70 companies with 300-500 employees in the nanotechnology sector in Finland in 2004. Currently (05/2006) the number of companies has been reported to be 100.
The Nokia Group, as a major player in the Finnish economy, has influenced, and is likely to influence further, nano developments. The wide interest, ranging from nanomaterials, advanced data storage and new power sources to sensors shown by Nokia, and the co-operation possibilities with the company encourage many smaller Finnish companies in their development work. Nokia is also getting more and more into collaboration with top universities (www.sensorplanet.org) SHOW LESS READ MORE >
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