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Future Manufacturing Technologies (FMT) research group is specialized in utilizing environments outside the main campus area in university-level research. Besides research, the group's work shows a clear drive for local effectiveness, mainly focusing on businesses and the RDI-environments that serve them.
The group is funded solely with project funding. Since 2004, FMT has released over 16 publicly-funded projects, and nearly as many businesses commissioned research projects.

In addition to businesses, our most important financiers include The Council of Oulu Region, Tekes, and the European Union. In the Oulu Southern area, the Nivala-Haapajärvi region NIHAK, The City of Nivala, and Industrial Park in Nivala are considerable financiers outside of businesses involved in our projects. Annually, we cooperate with about 50 enterprises. Our closest partners in realizing projects are The Federation of Education in Jokilaaksot (JEDU) and The Luleå University of Technology (LUT).