CHEMARTS collaboration expanded in 2013 into a large strategic research opening, a ‘Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose’ (DWoC) concept. The DWoC is based on the unique combination of design driven prototyping and a strong technology development competence. It is funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The project is collaboration between five Aalto University schools (School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Engineering, School of Business, School of Chemical Technology, School of Science), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and Tampere University of Technology.

The DWoC project is extending the cellulosic ecosystem through design and novel technologies to viable alternatives for the fossil based synthetic materials. DWoC targets are to generate new cellulose-based product and service concepts, to promote the Finnish know-how and to strengthen the academic and business networks in the field of material research. One aim is to support the transformation of the current forest industry into a new era of more consumer-driven product portfolio and on the other hand to generate totally new service and product concepts.

DWoC has already been able to boost design driven paradigm change to the forest industry, and several very promising technologies have been developed, e.g. different ways to manufacture fiber yarn from pulp or nanocellulose.

Other possibilities for joint research projects are continuously explored and initiated, following the contemporary focus areas of Aalto schools.