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Bittium in 2023

Updated Strategy

On October 30, 2023, Bittium announced its updated strategy concerning the years 2024 and 2025. Bittium’s main goals are to achieve an average annual net sales growth of more than 10 percent and an operating profit level of 10 percent. The updated strategy will enable the achievement of the set goals.

In accordance with the updated strategy, the company has three Business Segments: Medical, which focuses on measuring biosignals and remote monitoring, Defense & Security, which offers products and services to the defense and security markets, and Engineering Services, which offers R&D services. Group operations that were previously centralized are now also largely divided into the company’s three Business Segments, best meeting the needs of each segment. This was an essential change to optimize the operation of more independent businesses.

The company’s updated strategy has three main focus areas. The first one is a change from a product development organization to a customer-centric, growth-oriented operating model through its segment organizations. Secondly, the company focuses strongly on its current products and increasing their market shares. The R&D work is mainly concentrated on further improving the competitiveness and productivity of these products. Thirdly, the company seeks to increase efficiency in its own operating methods and has streamlined its cost structure, which is expected to significantly improve the company’s profitability and cash flow.

Between 2016 and 2023, the company’s two Business Segments, Defense & Security and Medical, have strongly invested in the development of their own products. This has maintained the company’s high average annual R&D investment level of around EUR 20 million, corresponding to an average of approximately 25 percent of the company’s annual net sales. Both product-oriented Business Segments will now focus on continuous improvement of the competitiveness of existing products and development of their features. Continuous product improvement is highly important to competitiveness of both Business Segments. In addition, the company will use development cooperation with other companies in its product development in the future. In the R&D oriented operational model the cost structure in the company has been heavy due to the large R&D projects.

The Medical Business Segment consists of three business areas, which are the measurement and analysis of the electrical activity of the heart (ECG), the measurement and analysis of the electrical activity of the brain (EEG), and the measurement and analysis of sleep apnea. In business, the focus is specifically on further improving the competitiveness, and productivity of the products, as well as on the efficiency of operations.

In the medical technology market, significant development is taking place regarding the treatment of patients, especially outside hospitals. Increasing efforts are being made to prevent diseases and health problems with the help of early diagnostics. The aim is to discharge patients at an even earlier stage to reduce hospital and treatment days. These significantly increase the efficiency of healthcare processes, reduce costs, and improve the treatment experience. The prerequisite for the prevention of health problems and early discharge is enabling accurate monitoring and measurement in home conditions with the help of remote monitoring.

The offering of the Medical Business Segment focuses on remote monitoring solutions. Bittium has solid and proven world-class biosignal processing technology expertise. In the coming years, the company will focus on its product business to also increase the amount of recurring net sales, both with the help of software and various multi- and single-use products. In the medical business, the focus will be on cooperation with existing international key customers to increase market shares together, and on acquiring new customers.

The Defense & Security Business Segment consists of three business areas that are defense industry products (Defense Products), defense industry product development services (Defense Services), and secure products and services (Security). Bittium’s business consists of tactical communication solutions aimed at the defense market and high security communication solutions aimed at authorities and the professional user market.

Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine has increased the defense budgets of various countries and increased the states’ interest to modernize their tactical communication systems. The defense forces of different countries and other authorities need networks for tactical data transmission, where increasingly mobile network users can reliably and securely transfer growing amounts of data. Finland’s NATO membership is also expected to have a positive effect on the demand for Bittium’s defense and secure products, especially in NATO countries. Bittium has superior waveform quality and secure wireless technology integrated with hardware and software intended for defense and authorities’ use.

Over the past years, the company has made significant investments to expand its product portfolio. The products and systems are now at an internationally very competitive level, both in terms of coverage and technical characteristics. In the future, the company will focus on the continuous improvement of the competitiveness of existing products and the development of features to ensure the preservation of competitiveness. The company will put emphasize strongly in its key customers and invest in international sales and marketing to pursue new customers. The company’s goal is to grow significantly the international product business and achieve an internationally significant position as a provider of tactical communication and high security communication solutions.

In the Engineering Services Business Segment, Bittium offers its customers R&D services and wireless connectivity solutions for the development of innovative products in a secure and evolving wireless environment. The company has focused its R&D service offering around radio technologies and embedded devices. Bittium has world-class expertise in wireless technologies and comprehensive product development throughout the whole product life cycle.

In the mobile telecommunications, investments in the development of new features continue, and the importance of software development regarding the development of 5G networks is strengthened. Along with digitization, secure IoT (Internet of Things) is a significant development area in almost all industries, where the demand is created by the growing need of companies to digitize their operations, collect data wirelessly and transfer data to cloud services, as well as monitor and control devices and systems remotely. Also, the goal of western companies to shift the focus of R&D to an increasing extent, e.g., to Europe, creates more demand for companies offering R&D services and wireless connectivity solutions. In the coming years, Bittium will continue to grow its international customer base, especially in the Industry IoT market segment. The company will also invest in developing strategic partnerships with its current customers.