Fri, 31 Dec, 2010:

Pöyry consulting project in Cambodia

Pöyry has signed an agreement to provide consultancy services for a new coal-powered plant in Cambodia. The contract, valued at 2.5 million euros, is between Pöyry’s Energy Business Group and Cambodian Energy Limited (CEL). The contract is for... Read more

Funding worth almost a million to develop fuel from solar energy

The PhotoBioFuel project co-ordinated by the University of Turku has been awarded nearly one million euros of ERC Start Grant funding.  The European Research Council signed an agreement for the project which is researching the conversion of... Read more

Thu, 30 Dec, 2010:

Finland tipped as test ground for electric cars

The goal of the new EVE electrical vehicle project from Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) is to create a common testing environment for electric vehicles.  It should also improve the level of co-operation among the... Read more

Angry Birds the most downloaded game this Christmas

Angry Birds has broken a new record for Apple apps, according to  Taloussanomat.  The app, developed by Rovio, was downloaded more than one million times during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The game took two top spots, as the Angry Birds app... Read more

Forest industry improves timber price data

Finland ’s forest industry has begun publishing more detailed price information to improve the transparency of the market and boost timber sales. Price information has traditionally been based on the average stumpage price of all standing sales.... Read more

Wed, 29 Dec, 2010:

Enso invests into Carbodeon to boost nanomaterials in Finland

Guernsey-based Enso Holding has acquired a majority stake in Carbodeon and made a significant equity capital injection into the Helsinki-based firm which develops and manufactures super hard carbon-based materials. The total extent of the... Read more

Ahlström invests 17.5 million in Turin filter factory

Non-woven and specialty paper manufacturer Ahlström is investing in transportation filtration capacity at its factory in Turin, Italy.  The total investment is approximately 17.5 million euros. – This is an important step in our global growth... Read more

Kone supplying elevators for the Hong Kong metro

Kone is to supply 37 elevators, 41 escalators and five moving walkways for the West Island Line railway extension in Hong Kong. The West Island Line is a three-kilometre-long railway extension of the existing MTR Island line encompassing three... Read more

Thu, 23 Dec, 2010:

Outotec signs technology deals with Saudi Arabia

The Outotec and Hatch joint venture will deliver an integrated bauxite digestion and evaporation facility to the Ma’aden aluminium plant in Ras Az Zawr, Saudi Arabia.  The new facility will be the lowest cost aluminium complex in the world,... Read more

Pöyry design in Romania and Sweden

Pöyry is designing railway refurbishment work in Romania for a section of track running from the Hungarian border via Curtic to Simeria.  This contract represents an extension to the existing contract for design work for the Romanian National... Read more

Wed, 22 Dec, 2010:

UPM buys Myllykoski and Rhein Papier

Forest industry giant UPM-Kymmene Oyj is buying Myllykoski Oyj and Rhein Papier GmbH in a deal is worth around 900 million euros. Myllykoski Oyj and Rhein Papier GmbH have seven paper factories in Germany, Finland and the USA with a combined... Read more

Finnair takes off with a new look

Finnair is renewing its visual identity and service image.  The new visual identity comprises the company logo, livery of the planes, cabin spaces as well as the uniforms and service areas. Finnair’s goal is to grow to become number one in the... Read more

Finnish researchers discover help for prostate cancer

VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) and the University of Turku have demonstrated that the antibiotic known as monensin has a prohibiting effect on the proliferation of prostate cancer cells.  Monensin killed prostate cancer cells by... Read more

Tue, 21 Dec, 2010:

Lemminkäinen aims to become Norway’s leading road builder

Lemminkäinen is buying the infrastructure business Mesta Industri AS from the Norwegian state-owned Mesta Group.  Mesta Industri has hitherto been known as Mesta Asfalt.  The contract is worth 14.8 million euros. Mesta Group is Norway’s largest... Read more

Marimekko’s designs for Converse trainers

Marimekko designs will adorn the Converse 2011 ladies’ range.  Shoe and clothing manufacturer Converse is one of the world’s best known manufacturers of trainers. The "Converse ♥ Marimekko " range out in February 2011 will include casual shoes... Read more

Elisa and Vidyo pilot smartphone video conferencing

Finnish telecom provider Elisa and US video communications specialist Vidyo are trialing a service which lets smartphone and tablet users connect to video conferences. The mobile service, which will initially be offered with Samsung’s Galaxy... Read more

Mon, 20 Dec, 2010:

Konecranes to deliver 32 container handling machines for Kuwait’s ports

Konecranes will deliver nine crane stackers and 23 empty container handling machines for KPA, the Kuwait Ports Authority.  They will be used to handle containers in the Shuwaikh and Shuiba ports.  The first machines will be delivered in January... Read more

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard to build two new icebreaking supply vessels for Russia

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy has contracted to supply two  icebreaking supply vessels to Russia. The order comes from Russia’s largest fleet owner, Sovcomflot, and is worth 200 million dollars.  Project design and acquisition work start... Read more

Fri, 17 Dec, 2010:

Time names Finnish games as best of the year

The respected magazine Time has selected two Finnish games, Alan Wake and Angry Birds, as its 2010 Games of the Year. The magazine lists the top ten games of the past year on its website. Alan Wake is a psychological action thriller developed by... Read more

Cargotec continues to invest in Asia

Cargotec has become a majority shareholder in its jointly-owned Kalmar Malaysia company by increasing its ownership in the company from 50.0 to 69.9 percent. Kalmar Malaysia was established in 2000 and is Malaysia’s leading supplier of harbour... Read more

Wärtsilä banks on gas-fuelled ships

Wärtsilä is powering ahead with the development of environmentally sound gas-fuelled ships. In just five years, the company has delivered more than 250 engines for the marine market running on liquefied natural gas (LNG). The development is... Read more

Thu, 16 Dec, 2010:

Text messages soon to become a method of payment

Luottokunta, BookIT and Microsoft have developed a new smart messaging service.  The eMobile authentication service enables payments to be made on a mobile phone. Using smart messaging, users in the future will be able to pay for services... Read more

Finnair to switch to renewable fuels

The Finnish airline Finnair Oy is to move towards fuels made from renewable sources.  From next Spring, the company is to switch to using bio-kerosene manufactured by Neste Oil reports YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Flights between... Read more

Wed, 15 Dec, 2010:

By Allegro train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in 3 ½ hours

The express Allegro rail service between Helsinki and St. Petersburg started up on December 12th. Journey time is around 3 ½ hours, or two hours less than previously. In the early stage, the service operates two return services each day.  The... Read more

Larox Flowsys forms subsidiary in Australia

Flow control technology suppliers Larox Flowsys Oy of Lappeenranta has formed a subsidiary in Australia.  The new company is in French Forest close to Sydney and it will consolidate the company’s Australian operations as an equipment... Read more

Lemminkäinen wins Swedish iron ore tunnels contract

Finnish construction group Lemminkäinen has won a 45 million euro contract to build more than 21 million kilometres of tunnels for Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara’s (LKAB) iron ore mine in Kiruna, Sweden. The work will start in February 2011 and is due... Read more

Tue, 14 Dec, 2010:

Arctech Helsinki Shipyard combines Finland’s and Russia’s marine clusters

The shipbuilders STX Finland Oy and Russian state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation USC have formed a joint venture, Arctech Helsinki Shipyard Oy which will specialize in arctic shipbuilding technology and which will bring together the two... Read more

Aalto University researchers’ SmartMuseum system takes UN prize

A SmartMuseum system developed by Aalto University in collaboration with six other universities and research partners has won the international World Summit Award 2010 prize.  The work was judged to be the best in the category of ‘M-tourism and... Read more

Mon, 13 Dec, 2010:

Display unit in glasses knows what interests the wearer

A method developed at Aalto University summons up data about the things and the people a person is looking at to a device attached to their glasses.  The device even makes decisions on what sort of additional information about these things or... Read more

Sofi Oksanen wins European Book Prize

Sofi Oksanen’s international success novel, Purge (Puhdistus), has been awarded a prize at the European Book Prize event.  The prize is worth 10,000 euros. There were a total of eight candidate novels in the running for the Europe Book Prize. ... Read more

Fri, 10 Dec, 2010:

Elisa and Sonera bring 4G networks to Finland

Telecoms operator Elisa is launching Finland’s first 4G corporate network in Espoo.  The first user of this super-fast mobile network is Nokia Siemens Networks which will utilize 4G for its virtual conferencing. - Nokia Siemens Networks is a... Read more

Metso to refurbish Hinton Pulp pulp dryer in Canada

Metso is refurbishing Hinton Pulp’s pulp dryer in Alberta, Canada.  The contract comprises a new top wire, changes to the press section, a modernized air dryer, a new dry end pulper as well as a new, high output sheet cutter.  The contract is... Read more

Thu, 09 Dec, 2010:

Postal deliveries to become carbon neutral

Finns will be the first in the world to get their post delivered on a carbon neutral basis.  From February 2011, letters, papers, parcels and direct mail delivered by Posti will automatically be carbon neutral without additional cost to the... Read more

Finland still ranks among the PISA education survey elite

Young Finns’ performance in reading, mathematics and science is once again of the highest standard, according to the PISA 2009 survey.  PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is a survey carried out jointly by OECD member... Read more

Finnish Christmas interests the Chinese

Finnish Christmas and culture is on show in ten towns around China.  The towns are staging events that will continue until the end of the year featuring Christmas, Finland and Finnish businesses.  And, naturally, the star is Santa Claus. The... Read more

Wed, 08 Dec, 2010:

University of Helsinki researchers awarded the SalusAnsvar prize

Professors Markku Kaste, Perttu Lindsberg and Associate Professor Turgut Tatlisumak have been awarded the one million Swedish kronor prize for their work on anomalies in the circulation of blood in the brain. This Nordic prize was awarded in... Read more

Finland and Russia plan cross-border railway boom

The state railway companies of Finland and Russia want to increase freight and passenger traffic between the two countries. They hope to significantly increase the transport of cars and cargo containers over the next few months. In addition,... Read more

Tue, 07 Dec, 2010:

Nikita Boriso-Glebski wins Jean Sibelius Violin Competition

The final of the international Jean Sibelius Violin Competition reached its peak yesterday evening with a win in Helsinki by the Russian-Belgian Nikita Boriso-Glebski.  Petteri Iivonen of Finland came in second while sixteen year old American... Read more

Finland to show the way in managing natural resources

According to a government report, Finland could become a global pioneer in matters of natural resources. The report predicts the country will be the leader in the smart use of natural resources in 2050.  A number of strategic goals are presented... Read more

Mon, 06 Dec, 2010:

Happy Independence Day Finland!

Good News from Finland is updated again on Tuesday, December 7th. Read more

Fri, 03 Dec, 2010:

Kone continues its corporate acquisitions in the United States

Kone is strengthening its position on the US market. In Richmond, Virginia, the company has acquired the Virginia Elevator Company, a supplier of elevator services. The deal establishes Kone as one of the major elevator and escalator suppliers... Read more

Newelo awarded prize in World Summit Award Mobile competition

Tampere-based Newelo Oy’s mobile content service platform has been awarded a prize in the World Summit Award Mobile competition.  More than 420 entrants from around one hundred countries submitted mobile content projects.  There were nine... Read more

Thu, 02 Dec, 2010:

Innofactor sells emissions trading managing services to the Italian state

Innofactor is providing system management and hosting services for the Italian state’s national emissions trading registry.  The three year agreement also includes maintenance services and related consultancy services. Innofactor is the market... Read more

Halton delivers indoor climate solution for Moscow’s Radisson SAS Royal

The Rezidor chain of hotels has opened a Radisson SAS Royal hotel in the very heart of Moscow in one of the legendary ‘seven sisters’ skyscrapers dating from Stalin’s time.  Halton supplied the indoor climate for use in the guest rooms, the... Read more

Wed, 01 Dec, 2010:

Lappset gets seniors moving in Spain

Playground equipment manufacturers the Lappset Group Oy has won two notable contracts from Spain.  The company will supply outdoor fitness equipment for use by senior citizens to a total of 218 senior citizens’ parks in the Catalonia region.... Read more

Students develop recyclable computer

Aalto University students have developed a recyclable laptop computer in collaboration with students from Stanford University. Each year nearly two million tonnes of electronic waste are generated from old electronic appliances.  The students... Read more