Starting at the end of August 2017, Kai Knuutila took the helm as digitalization manager, a newly-created position at Glaston. His goal will be to bring the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to glass processing equipment, to foster solutions within the company that lead to a brighter future by embracing the power of new technology.

Kai Knuutila

“I’m a big believer in technology in general. From my previous work experience, I’ve seen how the silicon industry has enabled new things that were beyond the ordinary at the time of introduction – and now are ordinary in our lives. In 2012, we weren’t even thinking about some of the ways that technology can help us. So just think about where we will be in 2022 – and all the possibilities we don’t even know yet!” says Knuutila.

He started his career at Nokia in 1998, then spent 13 years working for Nokia’s smart phones in many different roles, including system design and architecture, and on many different teams. He went on to work for Intel Corporation, which had just opened facilities in Tampere, Finland.

Knuutila worked on Intel’s platform architecture for four years, helping to bring an understanding of Nokia mobile phones to the biggest processor company in the world. He worked on software architecture and system performance.