Expenditure on research and development in Outokumpu Group during 2006 amounted to EUR 17 million (2005 R&D cost in Stainless were EUR 18 million).

In addition to new products, R&D focuses on innovative manufacturing processes that reduce costs, result in lower emissions, shorten lead times and improve quality.

Outokumpu R&D function employs some 200 professionals. The Avesta research centre concentrates on product and applications development whereas the research centre in Tornio focuses on stainless steel process development and improving the quality of production processes.