Digital Innovation Hubs

DIH Profile

Smart Manufacturing

Hub Information

Hub Name
Smart Manufacturing
Local Name
Älykkään valmistuksen innovaatiokeskittymä
Evolutionary Stage
Fully operational
Geographical Scope


The Smart manufacturing DIH serves manufacturing industries in digitalization and co-creation. The focus is on boosting renewal and innovations in Finnish machine and manufacturing sectors incl. microelectronics. Examples of activities are e.g. cutting edge research services with access to European networks; co-creation and ecosystem building for companies; testing and piloting of solutions for SME`s; small series fabrication for microelectronics. Services are offered by key partners SMACC (Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre), Micronova and DIMECC (Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation). However, the ecosystem is open and new partners are joining.

Älykkään valmistuksen innovaatiokeskittymä palvelee valmistavaa teollisuutta digitalisaation hyödyntämisessä ja kehittämisessä. Kohteena on erityisesti koneteollisuus sekä valmistava teollisuus mukaan lukien mikroelektroniikan valmistus. Keskittymä tuottaa yritysten käyttöön nopeita ratkaisuja ja kokeiluja, monipuolista huippuosaamista sekä ekosysteemien ja ohjelmien aktivointia innovaatioiden synnyttämiseksi. Palveluja tarjoavat ydinpartnerit SMACC, Micronova ja DIMECC.

Contact Data

Coordinator (Research & Technology organization)
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Year Established
Korkeakoulunkatu 7, FI-33720, Tampere (Finland)
Social Media
Contact information
Riikka Virkkunen


Organizational form
(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)
Number of employees


  • Micro/nano electronics
  • Sensory systems
  • Photonics and imaging technologies
  • Communication networks
  • Robotics
  • Interaction technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Big data, data analytics, data handling
  • Virtual, augmented and extended reality
  • Simulation, modelling and digital twins
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Laser based manufacturing

Smart Manufacturing DIH provides manufacturing and machine industries access to digital technologies such as robotics, additive and laser manufacturing, microelectronics, data analytics and artificial intelligence, Industrial Internet, virtual and augmented reality.

Market and Services


  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment

TRL Focus

  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Research
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Rapid solutions for manufacturing SME

• Prototype creation, demonstrations and laboratory piloting
• Think Tank and hackathon activities for analyzing the company’s business operations, performance and needs for improvement.
• Online services to SME’s to tackle practical problems.with an expert.
• Technology development and research on e.g. additive manufacturing, robotics, mechatronics
• Reference SMACC (Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre)
• Customers: machine and manufacturing sector, especially SME’s. Success story example Vexve Oy

Co-Creation services

• Program and Project Services built and implemented openly together with companies, universities and research institutions.
• Co-creation Services e.g. building ecosystems to create competitiveness for the future, and boosting their new business creation and new market entries.
• Network Services: international networks where our customers can join to boost their innovation capacity and business growth.
• Recent references
• DIMECC’s 69 shareholders:


Microelectronics innovations, fabrication and consultation

Services to all parts of the micro-nano innovation chain, from basic and applied research to consultancy, prototype development, and small scale manufacturing

  • Access to cleanroom facilities for companies
  • Small-scale processing for silicon CMOS, MEMS, III-V optoelectronics and thin film devices; and measurements
  • Cleanroom training and safety training  
  • Material and device characterisation
  • Technological scope: silicon CMOS, MEMS, III-V optoelectronics and thin film devices; and measurements
  • Reference Micronova
  • Micronova companies: Advapaln, Advacam,  Aivon, Ajat, Beneq, HS Foils, Okmetic, Picosun, Primasonic, Silecs


  • Horizon 2020
  • European Social Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • Private funding


Number of customers annually
Type of customers
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Partners

    • TUT
    • Digital
    • Materials & Engineering Co-Creation
    • DIMECC
    • Aalto University
    • Tampere University of Technology
    Last updated: 03/09/18 14:10