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Cooperation with Ponsse solidifies

Published on 5.2.2020
Tampere Universities
Ponsse_allekirjoitusPresident Mari Walls and Ponsse’s CEO Juho Nummela signed a cooperation agreement that aims to enchance the know-how and skills development of Ponsse’s personnel.
On 5 February, Ponsse and Tampere University signed a cooperation agreement on research and education.

The cooperation between Ponsse and Tampere University will focus on the most important aspects of product development in forest harvesters, such as the automation of mobile machines, programme development, the development of energy efficient use, and the solutions and systems intelligent machines require. The aim of product development is to retain the internationally significant expertise in Finland.

- At Ponsse, we want to be a frontrunner of sustainable forest harvesting, and new technologies enable more environmentally-friendly technical solutions. Automation and digitalisation are driving the development of forest harvesters strongly. Technological development is currently very fast and forest harvesters are leading the development in mobile machines. Our cooperation with Tampere University is one of the ways in which we ensure Ponsse’s position as a foremost product developer, says CEO Juho Nummela from Ponsse.

A long history of cooperation

In addition to master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, research cooperation has been conducted in various commissioned studies and research projects. Ponsse and its subsidiary Epec Oy, which is developing control systems for mobile machinery, already have a product development unit on Tampere University’s Hervanta campus.

With the three-year cooperation agreement, Ponsse and Tampere University agree to conduct goal-oriented research and training cooperation until the end of January 2023. The activities emphasise innovative approaches to continuous learning and the University’s cooperation with businesses.

- We are happy to strengthen our long-term partnership in the fields of automated forestry equipment, programme development and data processing with the Ponsse group. It offers our higher education community opportunities to develop concrete practices in continuous learning, says President Mari Walls from Tampere University.

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