Oplatek is taking part in the MaTKI project that focuses on harnessing the materials technology expertise and the infrastructure of regional educational institutions to benefit the local companies. In the project a concept of the materials research center MATERIA has been developed and piloted. MATERIA brings together the expertise, know-how and equipment of 3 educational institutions of different levels: The University of Eastern Finland, Savonia University of Applied Sciences and Savo Consortium for Education. MATERIA was created to provide testing, research, development, education and innovation services in materials technology for the companies in the area. MATERIA has the latest equipment, top level expertise and long-term experience in solving problems in materials technology.
Materials research enables R&D and innovations, and is important for companies, because it helps boost competitiveness and developing new business. A local materials research center is beneficial to all companies involved in materials technology.
Along with the educational institutions, 19 companies, city of Kuopio, municipality of Siilinjärvi and Navitas Kehitys Oy are taking part in executing and funding the project. The project receives 3-year funding from the European Regional Development Fund.