Smart Machines and Manufacturing Competence Centre (SMACC)

SMACC is a competence centre formed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Tampere University. SMACC offers unique services for SMEs in the field of machinery and manufacturing – key features are rapid solutions, cutting-edge research expertise and extensive partnership networks.

SMACC topics are

  • Advanced  digital manufacturing
  • Digital design and modelling
  • Digital services
  • Digital quality management
  • Digital asset management
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Robotics and automation


  • SMACC is a new entity based on agile operating models, capable of combining a service culture favourable for SMEs with Finnish cutting-edge research expertise.
  • Piloting with quick turnaround can lead by example, promoting enthusiasm and courage to explore new innovations.

  • SMACC is based on alliance entered into by VTT and Tampere University. The strengths of this combination are extensive research-based competence and contacts to enterprises in the manufacturing sector.
  • The principal purpose of SMACC is to support SMEs in the manufacturing industry. It provides a strong R&D input to the ecosystem of smart machines and manufacturing.

  • SMACC is formulating a vision of the future needs of enterprises in the Tampere Region, in Finland, in Europe and globally both from the perspective of the enterprises themselves and with the aid of current research findings.
  • The SMACC service model is functional and cost-effective. It is able to put successful development projects rapidly into practice to cater to the needs of industry.


  • SME sector growth is set as a goal for Finland.
  • Studies show that many SMEs are financially sound, yet growth is slow.
  • Exploiting digitisation at this juncture is an obvious goal, whether in developing a distinctive product, achieving competitive production or creating new service business models.
  • Industrial Internet is an important topic.


  • Boosting Finnish exports.
  • Forming internationally competitive ecosystem.
  • Building an IoT University Network to link the major research and development environments.
  • Increasing the co-operation of universities and research institutions.
  • Building a closer relationship between research and businesses in innovation efforts.


  • Value of shared research portfolio in the scheme is about EUR 40 million per year.
  • The City of Tampere and the Council of Tampere Region  support the model.
  • Corporate funding comes from project participation.
  • New, agile funding models are being actively explored.