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Friday, November 16, 2018 

As part of Wärtsilä's Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and manufacturing, in Vaasa, Finland, a flexible smart marine and smart energy platform called Smart Partner Campus is being built within the Smart Technology Hub.

The Smart Partner Campus will focus on carrying out research and product development together with companies, start-ups and researchers within the industry, as well as with Wärtsilä’s partners, customers and suppliers. The Smart Partner Campus is now looking for its first cooperation partners in order to develop an operating model and a campus within the Smart Technology Hub.

“In this model we invite partners from the industry and the academia to participate in the process of product development, research and manufacturing together with Wärtsilä,” said Jaakko Eskola, President and CEO of Wärtsilä. “The Smart Partner Campus gives access for customers, suppliers and start-ups to ambitious cooperation with Wärtsilä. It will gather the best and most diverse masterminds around the same table, and in that way enhance innovation and the discovery of something new.”

The company says the Smart Partner Campus is not only an incubator: the idea is to build a new ecosystem and operating model in which cooperation brings new innovations to the market.

“Besides physical innovation and testing facilities, techniques and tools, Wärtsilä offers its Smart Partner Campus partners new models for business that enables the productisation of the innovations,” said Vesa Riihimäki, MD of Wärtsilä Finland. “We are not inviting academia, suppliers or start-ups to innovate on behalf of us – we invite them to innovate together with us, and after that also to share the results.”

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