Siemens & VTT joint webinar on 28.2: Digitalization of forest industries - Case Digital Fiber ecosystem

28.2.2019 16:00 - 17:00

Today, the global industrial landscape is in full transformation, which gives front-runner companies unusual latitude to influence future industry structure. Forest industries have been experiencing a dramatic change. The demand for traditional paper – for example, for newspapers or office use – is declining worldwide, while the total demand for fiber products continues to grow. In the future, a part of the growth is expected to come from new fiber-based materials and especially cellulose, such as textile fiber. Digitally assisted business ecosystems between industries will develop value-added cellulose products, their production processes and revolutionise bio-based material markets. The new ecosystems will be highly virtualised, enabling holistic optimisation and automation of processes throughout product life cycles.

The main themes of this webinar are new fiber-based materials, digitalization and business ecosystems. The webinar is hosted by EVP Jussi Manninen (VTT) and CEO Janne Öhman (Siemens Osakeyhtiö). Webinar will provide current insights on how digitalization can radically transform the forest industry with a help of e.g. IoT platforms and help to create solutions that become new industry standards.

Digital Fiber Ecosystem is an open innovation ecosystem for forest industry digitalization, created in cooperation with Siemens and VTT. With the aim to achieve the next level of industrial productivity, partners are encouraged to utilize Siemens' Digital Enterprise platform solutions and VTT's Bioruukki Pilot Centre to innovate across the entire forest industry value chain.

An Innovation Challenge is also introduced in this webinar.

The webinar is moderated by Sami Kazi (VTT). Duration is 60 minutes, including 15 minutes of Q+A session in the end.

For more information about the webinar and the speakers:

You can view the webinar recording via the link:

Karoliina Peippo
What an active year - summary of 2018

Year 2018 was very active for the Digital Fiber Initiative. In addition to numerous technical advancements and growth in ecocystem itself, we also uplifted our profile with fairs, events and other marketing activities.

Here's a summary of the major achievements this year:

  • improving the level of automation at Bioruukki, Espoo
  • active networking and new partners at ecosystem with more to come: negotiations with a large forest company started recently
  • three Comos and MindSphere trainings organized
  • Bioruukki started to cooperate with a new international customer with a help of the ecosystem
  • participating in domestic fairs and events such as Pulpaper (May) and Slush (December), and internationally at Hannover Messe in Germany (April)

Next year we will introduce our series of webinars starting in winter. Follow our news feed and find out more about these webinars and other upcoming events or activities.

Tuomo Tarvas
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Slush, the world's leading startup event and exciting adventure to the world of digitalization, marketing and technology in the middle of the darkest of December, is here. Slush will be held on the 4th and 5th of December. Location is Helsigin Messukeskus.

This year Digital Fiber Initiative is ranked among the five top themes at the Siemens booth. So if you visit Slush, please come and meet us there!

Tuomo TarvashM
New visual layout for Digital Fiber Initiative

New visual layout has been rolled out for Digital Fiber Initiative. Fresh, modern appearance was created by Danish graphic designer, Susanne Apel.

Keyvisual image will be used in Digital Fiber's marketing and it will help to popularise the goals of the initiative.

See new keyvisual here.

Tuomo Tarvas
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Tuomo Tarvas