Dr. Mikko Verneri Koho
Organisation: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Position in the organisation: Senior scientist
Biography note: Dr Mikko Koho works as Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. His research and development work focuses on design, operation and development of production systems and production processes and he has worked both as project manager and researcher in several industrial research and development projects. Mikko Koho received his M.Sc. (Tech) degree in Industrial engineering and management in 2003 and D.Sc. (Tech) degree in 2010, both from Tampere University of Technology.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the biggest multitechnological applied research organisation in Northern Europe with 3000 employees and 316M€ turnover (2012). VTT provides high-end technology solutions and innovation services and enhances customers’competitiveness, thereby creating prerequisites for society’s sustainable development, employment, and wellbeing.
Parallel Workshop Session W2.5 – “Measures to Realize Sustainability in Manufacturing”
Sustainable development and sustainable production are important objectives for manufacturing industry. From manufacturing companies’ perspective, sustainability can be defined as creation of goods and services that fulfill the basic needs of consumers in a way that minimizes the burden to environment, is economically viable, and is safe and rewarding to employees and society. Although these issues and objectives have received significant emphasis and attention, realizing them poses a grand challenge to manufacturing companies. Hence, research and development efforts that support manufacturing industry in meeting these objectives are urgently needed.
This presentation provides an overview of sustainable development and its key components, and then focuses on the perspective of manufacturing industry and sustainable production. Based on recent and on-going research projects, barriers or challenges of sustainable production are presented. Then, ways and means to overcome these challenges, i.e., enablers of sustainable production are discussed, and relevant and planned research activities that are intended to pave the way towards sustainability in manufacturing are outlined.