- News article -

Markku Heino is building Finland’s future with materials technology

29 Jan 2014

The Tekes Functional Materials Programme has invested altogether 150 million euros to renew and strengthen the Finnish industry. The Programme coordinated by Dr. Markku Heino from Spinverse Oy has systematically built new competences and base for new global business. The results are promising: more than 100 patents, 200 publications, 14 new start-ups, and a set of emerging technologies developed in new areas like printed intelligence, renewable energy and biomedical applications.

According to Markku Heino, Finland needs to hurry to build new industrial base. Cuts and savings we see daily in our companies will not be the right way, and won’t attract large global companies to invest in Finland.

“We have to start from the beginning, innovate new things, grow and go global to sell our expertise”, says Heino.

Finland needs new materials technology companies in addition to the current ones such as Outokumpu and Rautaruukki. Forest industry needs to find new products. ICT- and biotechnology sectors are growing rapidly, and innovations are supporting this growth. New materials are required to satisfy the global energy needs.

Markku Heino from Spinverse and Programme Manager Markku Lämsä from Tekes have helped to build new materials solutions through the Tekes Functional Materials Programme. Heino said he got a dream job in the beginning of 2009 when he was asked to be the coordinator of the programme. “Bringing new industry and research partners together to make fresh & relevant research co-operation to solve the great challenges we have regarding energy, environment and health care, through materials technology, and linking the best forces in Finland and abroad to make target-oriented R&D work have created a new R&D ecosystem and a bunch of world-class results”, says Heino.

The Functional Materials Programme has been one of the largest technology programmes in Tekes. A total volume of the programme was 150 million euros. Tekes has invested 79 million euros, of which 42 million euros went to 90 company driven R&D projects, mostly to SMEs, and the rest 37 million euros to 61 university driven projects. “One important aspect is that a few of our growth companies have together received more than 60 million euros private funding from foreign investors during the last years of the programme. This means that the Tekes investment and the developments they have made have added the credibility of these companies also outside of Finland”, emphasizes Heino.

The programme ended officially at the end of 2013, though 57 projects are still on-going.

Now, Markku’s efforts are focused on industry driven research co-operation run by the Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster, FIMECC. In addition to finalizing the work of the FIMECC DEMAPP program (2009-2014), he was recently chosen as the Programme Manager of two new FIMECC Materials programmes, which he has been also preparing, Breakthrough Steels & Applications (BSA) and Hybrid Materials (HYBRIDS). Now it is really critical time to build new basis for the competitiveness of the metals and engineering industry. These 5-year programmes started 1.1.2014 will make together a strong co-operative effort gathering together wide, multi-disciplinary expert groups from different industries and academic branches (32 + 38 companies, all key universities + top-notch international partners; volumes 34 + 46 million euros; mode: SHOK programmes funded by Tekes and participating companies.).

“Our research plans are ambitious, combining deep science and real industrial needs, and the people are excited. We are ready to take the challenge to build new critical solutions and relevant competence for the industry”, says Heino. A specific tool he is proud of, is the own “FIMECC Breakthrough Materials Doctoral School” built in the programs aiming to educate at least 22 new multi-skilled doctors through the programme work, working on challenging industry relevant research questions with key international partners.

Further information:

Markku Heino, tel. +358 40 7191221, markku.heino(at)spinverse.com

About FIMECC materials programmes:

Demanding applications

Hybrid Materials

Breakthrough Steels & Applications

DIMECC (formerly known as FIMECC)

- Contact us -

Want to learn how Spinverse could help you? Contact us now!



Markku Heino

Principal Consultant, Ecosystem Leader, D.Sc. (Tech.) +358 40 7191221

- News -

Relevant posts

Public Funding Spinverse News

Economic growth needs innovation and long-term projects — where is the needed public funding?

18 Sep 2020

The Finnish economic success has been based on high-quality education and research. However, Finnish compani...

Public Funding Horizon Europe

Latest news about Horizon Europe and other growth opportunities beyond 2020

16 Sep 2020

Horizon Europe, the EU’s next framework programme for research and innovation, is approaching fast after t...

ecosystem Our People Spinverse News

A must-read: Ecosystem Handbook - The art of leading and creating impact

9 Sep 2020

In today’s rapidly changing world, very few organizations or people can make it alone. At best, orchestrat...

ICT Public Funding innovation ecosystem

Spinverse helped ELISE project to gain 12 M€ funding – project aims to make Europe powerhouse of AI

4 Sep 2020

The goal of the European multi-disciplinary ELISE project, recently funded with 12 M€ by the European Comm...

Client News SME EIC Accelerator

Revolutionary microphone technology from Norway

25 Aug 2020

Spinverse recently helped the Norwegian start-up sensiBel in securing the 2.5 M€ grant and 4.2 M€ equity...

Our People Spinverse News

Celebrating success: promotions and a new face in the Sustainable Industries team

24 Aug 2020

When our customers succeed, we succeed. So do our employees. The new promotions in the Sustainable Industrie...