West Finland (Länsi-Suomi) consists of five (sub-)regions: Central Finland, South Ostrobothnia, Ostrobothnia, Satakunta and Tampere region. West Finland is an area of significant traditional industrial production in Finland. One challenge relates to the production structure, which emphasises capital goods and is reasonably vulnerable to international economic trends. The sustained deterioration in the economic cycle has inevitably reduced the RDI investments in West Finland.
Nanotechnology as a cross-cutting technology can be used to produce innovations in materials, products, equipment and processes, which lead to increasingly high added value. With regard to new materials, nanotechnology can be utilised in the improvement of the properties of existing materials and in the production of new kinds of material compounds, among other things.
West Finland is home to well-established and internationally-renowned research institutes in the field of nanotechnology as well as spin-offs that have sprung from them. Nanoscale technologies produce high expectations in innovation and renewing the industry.