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Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch triumph in Global Innovation Contest

 Monday, April 29, 2024

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Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch global innovation contest

Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch have already developed the finest AI application for detecting insect damage won the international Innovation and Innovations prize. This is considered a grand success specially in woodworking industry. Previously, the Future Sawmill concept of Metsä Fibre was recognised in the Business innovations category.

“Global warming is increasing the risks to the health of forests. This real-time method for detecting insect damage helps us preserve forest health and carbon sinks in a changing climate,” says Olli Leino, SVP, Development from Metsä Group’s Wood Supply and Forest Services.

The international Quality Innovation Award (QIA) 2023 competition rewards the most notable innovations of the year. The award-winning application from Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch detects insect damage in forests such as damage caused by spruce bark beetles before it is visible to the human eye. The application is based on artificial intelligence, machine learning and open data. The AI application shared the first prize with a technology innovation in the field of medicine. The AI application has seen a much developed result in woodworking industry nowadays.

The wood supply personnel of Metsä Group has already been using the application since June 2023. The application can be used to both pinpoint damage and schedule wood trade and harvesting to reduce the risk of damage spreading.

The risk site maps generated by the application are accessible through the Metsäverkko mobile application, utilized by the owner-members of Metsä Group. Forest owners have the option to use this data to personally visit and inspect these sites, allowing them to assess the risk areas and strategise their forestry operations accordingly.

“We’re happy to have received this international recognition. We aim to develop the mechanical forest industry with industrial efficiency in mind. We wanted to create a concept for our sawmill, which is the most modern in the world, a forerunner in its technology, operating model and efficiency, and a global trendsetter in the field. This resulted in the Future Sawmill concept, which we used at our Rauma pine sawmill that came online in 2022,” says Ismo Nousiainen, Metsä Fibre’s CEO.

The Future Sawmill concept developed by Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, was recognised in the Business Innovations (large companies) category. The concept improves the efficiency of sawn timber production, safety at work, the production operating model and product quality management.

The Quality Innovation Award, now in its 17th edition, saw participation from eight countries/areas with 562 submissions this year. Out of these, the top 24 innovations were honored. Winners of national quality contests qualify to compete in this international event. Selection of the winners was conducted through a rigorous voting process by national quality associations. The traditional award ceremony was hosted by the China Association for Quality in April 2024.

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