Good News from Thu, 26 April, 2012:

Sochi Olympics ice-hockey to be played in Finnish rinks

In addition to four rinks, Raita Sport and its partners will supply arena seating for the Sochi Olympics. In addition to four rinks, Raita Sport and its partners will supply arena seating for the Sochi Olympics.

Raita Sport, a Finnish company based in Western Finland, has won a contract to supply ice-hockey rinks for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

In addition to four rinks, Raita Sport will deliver other equipment for the ice arenas together with its partners. These will include seating for the main ice-hockey arena and a telescopic seating system. The contract is valued at around EUR 3 million.

According to Tuomo Hyvärinen, Managing Director for Raita Sport, scientific evidence helped them to win the tendering process. Since 2009 the company’s R&D efforts have been focused on creating a rink which is as safe as possible for the player.

— At the start of 2011, the University of Jyväskylä became involved with its research into the forces involved in checking impacts. The results of the study, financed by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, suggested that we should construct a rink with flexible acrylic walls with railings that have a minimal depth and rounded edges. That is the safest type of rink for players, says Hyvärinen.

Raita Sport is part of the Nordic Kerko Group. Partners involved in the contract include Arvo Piiroinen Oy and Kerko Katsomot Oy, also part of the Kerko Group.

The final deliveries for the now-finalised contract will head for Sochi in late summer 2012.

The turnover of Raita Sport, established in 1979, is EUR 5 million, of which 80 per cent originates in export contracts. Raita Sport has supplied more than 30 ice-hockey rinks for prominent sports events, including two for Olympic Games.

raitasport.com

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