Operating environment

Future Manufacturing Technologies (FMT) research group of The University of Oulu is a part of the Kerttu Saalasti Institute.

FMT Group's research focuses on manufacturing technologies and processes of refining sheetmetal and plate material into end-products. The group started in 2004 under the name of ELME Research Group. Its focus areas include multiple points in the manufacturing process, from efficiently using advanced steels to cost-efficient production automation and additive manufacturing.

FMT is a part of The University of Oulu Center for Advanced Steels Research (CASR) and its main office is at ELME Studio, Nivala. Some of the researchers also work at the main campus in Oulu, in cooperation with The Material and The Production Technology Research Group.

The group is in close association with businesses and The Oulu Southern Research, Development and Innovation partners, such as The Federation of Education in Jokilaaksot (JEDU), The Nivala-Haapajärvi Region business support agency NIHAK and Industrial Park in Nivala (NiTek).