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:: Larox and Lappeenranta University of Technology Work Together to Enhance Filtration Technology
“Without wanting to boast, we offer the best expertise in separation technology in Finland," states Professor Antti Häkkinen from the Department of Chemical Technology at Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). “The cooperation between Larox and LUT is extremely close, even in international terms. Our policy of working together with companies is embodied in the motto of the LUT Centre for Separation Technology (CST): AbsoLUTely Creative, Solutions, Together."
Larox signed on as a corporate partner of CST in 1999. Larox Chairman Timo Vartiainen had been appointed Chairman of CST the year before, and he continues to serve in this position.
“The cooperation between Larox and the LUT Centre for Separation Technology has contributed significantly to the success of both parties," says Timo Vartiainen. “We at Larox have been able to utilize the university's basic research and scientific expertise, while supporting the inclusion of separation technology as one of the strategic areas of expertise at the university. Over the years our cooperation has continued to deepen and evolve. Larox currently has several long-term development projects in progress that will generate a real competitive advantage for the company in the coming years."
Antti Häkkinen has held the Larox-sponsored Professorship in Solid-liquid Separation Technology since the beginning of 2008. He is responsible for the details of the cooperation on behalf of the university and for overseeing the resulting research projects.
“Our cooperation has ensured that solid-liquid separation technology is one of the most important subjects taught and studied at the Department of Chemical Technology. The financial support of Larox has allowed us to recruit new research personnel and to develop our readiness, for example in terms of equipment, which would not have been possible with the basic funding of the university," Häkkinen admits.
The partnership between Larox and LUT has allowed the research team to hire specialists and acquire deep expertise. “For the university it is important that our corporate cooperation generates theses. Researchers have the opportunity to utilize Larox projects for their graduate work, and we expect the first such doctoral thesis to be completed in 2010. Basing research on real and challenging industrial problems is very positive, and it clearly motivates the researchers themselves. Our long cooperation with Larox has also increased awareness among our researchers about Larox filters and customer needs. Larox is a global leader in its field and thus a highly valued partner for us. We would be very proud if Larox was able to solve real problems and improve its processes thanks to research carried out by our university," Häkkinen adds.
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