Research and development

In this section you can find information on Valmet's Research and Development work, such as focus areas, orders received of new products and costs.

Valmet's R&D work is based on customers' needs, such as increasing production efficiency, improve competitiveness, maximize value of raw materials, widen raw material base, provide high-value end products, and developing new innovations and technologies.

Currently, Valmet has three focus areas in its R&D work:

  • To ensure advanced and competitive technologies and services, Valmet develops cost competitive, leading process and automation technologies and services.
  • To enhance raw material, water and energy efficiency, Valmet combines process technology, automation and services to reduce raw material, water, and energy consumption in its customers’ production processes.
  • To promote renewable materials, Valmet develops solutions to replace fossil materials with renewable ones and to produce new high-value end products.

Valmet has successfully commercialized its techological innovations. Valmet has, for example, sold 27 OptiConcept M board and paper machines, and 13 Advantage NTT tissue machines. Valmet has also delivered 2 LignoBoost lignin separation plants.

Orders received of new products:

  • EUR 462 million in 2013
  • EUR 529 million in 2014 (Automation business line not included)
  • EUR 653 million in 2015
  • EUR 751 million in 2016
  • EUR 692 million in 2017
  • EUR 1,080 million in 2018
  • EUR 987 million in 2019
  • EUR 994 million in 2020
  • EUR 1,054 million in 2021
Product is new 5 years after launch in capital business and 3 years in services business.
  2021   2020   2019   2018   2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Research and development expenses (EUR million) 82 75 71 66 64 64  50 42 60
% of net sales 2.0% 2.0% 2.0% 2.0% 2.1% 2.2%  2.0% 1.7% 2.3%
R&D personnel 471 457 452 442 421 447  456 298 330
Figures for 2013 are carve-out figures. 


Valmet's Research and Development centers on map

Valmet's research and development work is carried out predominantly in Finland and Sweden within the business lines’ technology and R&D organizations. In addition, research and development takes place together with a network made up of customers, research facilities and universities.

Valmet R&D centers

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Five steps to successful commercialization of an innovation

Five steps to successful commercialization of an innovation

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Research and development

Research and development

Valmet’s focus on research and development work is currently aimed at cost-efficient, modularized and standardized solutions with the right technology scope

Updated; Mar 1, 2022