Thu, 31 Mar, 2011:

Finland looking for growth from its cold climate wind power competence

Finland’s goal is to increase its wind power generation capacity by 2020 to 2,500 MW, representing around six percent of the electricity generated in the country. The goal set by the government is a challenging one since, at the end of 2010,... Read more

Princess awarded prize in South Africa

Directed by Arto Halonen, the film Princess has been picked for the Grand Prix Award at the Cape Winelands Film Festival in South Africa. The jury reasoned their Grand Prix selection as follows: ”For its powerful, sensitive and cinematic... Read more

Wed, 30 Mar, 2011:

Wind blows eastwards for Moventas

Wind turbine gear maker Moventas is setting up an Indian subsidiary in Chennai. The move anticipates fast growth in the Asian wind energy market. The subsidiary will initially focus on sales, services and technical support.  It is expected to... Read more

TV rights for Steam of Life sold to US

The American programme POV has bought the TV rights for the documentary Steam of Life.  POV will broadcast the film in the USA in August. The film shows Finnish men pouring their hearts out in sauna.  It is unusual for Finnish documentaries to... Read more

Petrobras snaps up Metso’s smart applications

Metso and the Brazilian company Petrobras have signed a comprehensive service agreement covering 11 Petrobras refineries.  The agreement includes the supply of spare parts and maintenance services as well as smart application tools developed by... Read more

Konecranes wins sizeable US crane order

The Georgia Port Authority in the United States has ordered 20 RTG (Rubber Tyred Gantry) cranes and four STS (Ship-to-Shore) container cranes from manufacturers Konecranes.  The first RTG cranes will be delivered in 2011 with the STS cranes... Read more

Tue, 29 Mar, 2011:

Palace Kämp named best Nordic travel business

Nordic business travellers picked the Finnish Palace Kämp Group as the best travel business in the Nordic region.  The Nordic Light award was announced at the Gothenburg TUR travel show on March 25th. In the Nordic Business Travel Barometer... Read more

New wind farm to open in Tornio

At the site of Outokumpu's steel mill in Röyttä, Tornio, a new wind farm was inaugurated on Monday March 28th. The ‘Puuska’ wind farm project, led by Rajakiiri Oy, is Finland’s largest wind farm to be built at one time.  The aggregate output of... Read more

Mon, 28 Mar, 2011:

Pöyry to refurbish tunnel equipment in Switzerland

The consulting and engineering company Pöyry has won a 4.2 million euro contract for refurbishing tunnel equipment in Switzerland. The contract was made with the Swiss Federal Roads Office and it involves refurbishing the operating and safety... Read more

RAY trials 3D games

The Finnish Slot Machine Association, RAY, will be trialling slot machines featuring three-dimensional effects when 3D NOVA machines are sited at the Sello shopping centre. In the future, 3D Nova players will be able to play familiar games such... Read more

Fri, 25 Mar, 2011:

Special cargo vessel to be built in Turku yard

A new design of special cargo vessel is to be built at the STX Finland Turku yard.  The vessel will be delivered to Gaiamare Oy in the spring of 2012.  Intended for carrying demanding cargoes and for oil clearance tasks, the ship will provide... Read more

Ixonos expands its mobile device design services into China

ICT services company Ixonos is expanding its mobile device design and development services unit, the Device Creation Centre, to Beijing in China. Ixonos describes its Device Creation Centre set up in Jyväskylä, Finland in 2009, as a... Read more

Thu, 24 Mar, 2011:

Glaston and Beneq open up the Asian market

The first Beneq-Glaston TFC2000™ line for manufacturing TCO (Transparent Conductive Oxide) coatings on glass for photovoltaics has been sold to Asia.  The deal is worth around 14 million euros. The line delivery is scheduled for the first... Read more

Vallila wins deal in Georgia worth millions

Finnish interiors company Vallila Interiors has signed a 3–4 million euro deal with the Sheraton Metechi Palace hotel located in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.  The deal includes managing the hotel’s interior design, acquisitions and... Read more

Wed, 23 Mar, 2011:

Metso to deliver biomass power plant to Latvia

The Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture MW Power is to deliver a biomass power plant for combined heat and power production to Launkalne in Latvia. The customer is SIA Graanul Invest. The delivery includes a plant automation system supplied by Metso... Read more

Alexi Laiho voted world's best metal guitarist

Readers of the British music journal Total Guitar have voted Children of Bodom’s guitarist Alexi Laiho the world’s best metal guitarist.  In earlier years the Finnish musician has also been voted best by, among others, Guitar World magazine.... Read more

Tue, 22 Mar, 2011:

Finlandia vodka wins international recognition

The results of the Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2011, held in New York in the beginning of March, were announced last week.  Winner of the vodka class was the Finnish Finlandia Classic Vodka.  This news was announced last Friday in the British... Read more

Finnish Meteorological Institute to develop air quality monitoring system for Kosovo

In its start-up phase, the environmental Twinning project is to develop an air quality monitoring system to better address the demands of EU directives. – Finland has a solid competence base in this field as air quality has been monitored in... Read more

Mon, 21 Mar, 2011:

Marimekko to open flagship store in Manhattan

Marimekko will open its own flagship store in New York. The shop will be in one of the city’s busiest shopping areas at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. – Opening a shop of our own in an excellent location in the heart of Manhattan... Read more

Burger entrepreneur turns to ecological fish farming

Heikki Salmela, the proprietor of the Finnish burger chain Hesburger, is expanding his operations into environmentally friendly fish farming.  Clewer Oy, which is part of the Salmela-yhtiöt group of companies, has developed a biological water... Read more

Fri, 18 Mar, 2011:

‘The rules of single life’ named as best documentary in Bulgaria

The Finnish film The rules of single life was awarded as Best Documentary in the Sofia International Film Festival in Bulgaria. The film tells of four young men who have one year to find new love in Helsinki.  Everything is permitted, from... Read more

Vierumäki: home to Finland’s first five-storey wooden building

Finland’s first five-storey wooden building is being built in Vierumäki, Heinola.  With a small carbon footprint, the hybrid wooden apartment building is being constructed as a passive house.  There will be a total of 27 homes in the five storey... Read more

Blue1 and United challenge Finnair on USA routes

From the beginning of March, Blue1, SAS Scandinavian Airlines and the US airline United will together offer comprehensive daily flight connections from Finland to the United States.  The new code-sharing partnership between Blue1 and Continental... Read more

Thu, 17 Mar, 2011:

New Michelin-starred restaurant in Helsinki

Finnish fine restaurant dining has been recognized in the new Michelin Europe guide.  The number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Helsinki remains the same, but now includes a new entry, the restaurant Olo. There are five restaurants in... Read more

VTT: Zero-energy buildings revolutionize construction methods

The EU is requiring all new construction to be nearly zero-energy by 2021. The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is revolutionizing the whole building trade.  Finland is committed, as part of the EU, to significant reductions in reducing... Read more

Angry Birds in the world of home textiles

Finnish games company Rovio have teamed up with Swedish company Almedahls Licens to reproduce Angry Birds figures on home textiles. Almedahls Licens will have sole European rights to use the game’s figures on its home textiles. Angry Birds will... Read more

Wed, 16 Mar, 2011:

New production solutions from Picosun for solar power markets

Atomic layer deposition system designer and manufacturer Picosun has launched production of fully automated throughput batch reactors for solar power markets. Picosun’s batch reactors are suitable for high volume crystalline silicon solar cell... Read more

Helsinki joins IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge programme

Helsinki is the only Nordic city selected for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge programme in which IBM provides expert and technological help for city development.  The project will also form part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012... Read more

Tue, 15 Mar, 2011:

Finnish student gets recognition in international design competition

Annika Heikinheimo came second in the international Remix competition for young designers with her entry of a powder orange mini dress. 25-year old Heikinheimo is in her fourth year at the Aalto University School of Art and Design.  The... Read more

Moventas wind turbine condition management system to Canada

Moventas Oy is to deliver a wind turbine condition management system for Canadian wind farms.  The system has been ordered by the French GDP SUEZ Energy Generation NA which owns three wind farms in Canada with a total of 91 wind turbines. ... Read more

Avilon exports fire-resistant viscose fibre to the US

Avilon Oy has started production of fire-resistant viscose fibre at its Valkeakoski production plant.  First deliveries of the fire-resistant fibre are destined for the United States which is targeted as the product’s main market.... Read more

Mon, 14 Mar, 2011:

Finland takes Veterans’ World Championship gold medal in ski jumping

Legendary ski jumper Matti Nykänen has taken gold in the veterans’ World Championship short hill competition in Harrachov in the Czech Republic.  The competition attracted some 200 jumpers from all over the world.  Nykänen took gold in... Read more

Interior design shop takes double prize in Chicago

The interior design company Loviisan Aitta has won the international GIA – Global Innovator Award in Chicago.  In addition, the company received the Martin M. Pegler award for excellence in visual merchandising. The competition is an annual,... Read more

Fri, 11 Mar, 2011:

Angry Birds secures $42 million investment

Rovio, the company behind the popular Angry Birds game, has secured $42 million (EUR 30 million) in Series A investment. The funding round was co-led by Accel Partners, the venture capital firm known for working with companies such as Facebook,... Read more

Taaleritehdas to build 100 megawatt new wind farm in Finland

Wealth management company Taaleritehdas has announced it is to build 100 megawatts of additional wind power generation capacity in Finland in the near future.  The planned wind farm would increase Finland’s wind energy from its present capacity... Read more

Cargotec cargo handling equipment for eight Chinese ships

Cargotec has agreed to deliver electrically-powered MacGregor cargo handling cranes and design and key components for hatch covers for eight general cargo vessels.  The vessels are being built by the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding company in China... Read more

Thu, 10 Mar, 2011:

Vaisala develops new weather information service for airports

Vaisala has developed a new type of weather information service addressing the needs of airports. With the new service concept, Vaisala will have ownership and operation of all weather observation and data distribution systems and will also be... Read more

Good things come in three for Pöyry

From adapting a road in Switzerland to testing a wastewater treatment plant in Montenegro, Finnish consulting and engineering company Pöyry has kicked off March with the announcement of three new projects. The Swiss Federal Roads Office has... Read more

Forrester lists Basware among the elite in eProcurement software

Software house Basware has moved up the list of the world’s best eProcurement solution providers, according to a Forrester Research survey. Forrester evaluated Basware as the leading P2P (Purchase to Pay) solution provider, scoring it... Read more

Wed, 09 Mar, 2011:

World speed record on ice broken again in Finland

Nokian Tyres test driver Janne Laitinen set a new world speed record of 331.610 kilometres per hour driving on the ice of the Gulf of Bothnia close to Oulu. The new record was set on March 6th on a 14 kilometre track in a Nokian Tyres test car. ... Read more

Renewa boiler to use locally-sourced fuels

The French company Carbonex SARL has ordered a 15 MW biofuel boiler from Renewa for industrial heat and power generation.  The contract includes a fluidised bed boiler and associated flue gas scrubbing systems.  The deal represents Renewa’s... Read more

Finnish mobile expertise to Kenya

A pilot project led by Finpro (Finnish Association for International Networking) will be taking Finnish mobile expertise to Kenya.  The target groups are the poor and people with poor access to communications. – Mobile markets represent a good... Read more

Nokia Siemens Networks wins innovation award

Nokia Siemens Networks has won an award for its Next Generation Optical Access (NGOA) technology. The company’s NGOA uses a single optical fiber to bring broadband to up to 1000 homes at speeds of one gigabit per second per household, for both... Read more

Tue, 08 Mar, 2011:

Outotec to deliver wastewater treatment plant to northern Chile

Outotec has signed a contract with the world’s main copper producer, Chile's Codelco, for the design and delivery of a wastewater treatment plant for the new Mina Ministro Hales mining project in Calama, northern Chile. The contract price is... Read more

Disney buys Finnish games company Rocket Pack

Media giant Disney has confirmed to Helsingin Sanomat its acquisition of the games company Rocket Pack. Founded one year ago, Rocket Pack produces games running on web browsers.  In December the company launched the world’s first html5-enabled... Read more

Unique targeted cancer treatment available in Finland

A unique cancer tumour treatment centre using neutrons sourced from a nuclear reactor to target cancers is operating in Otaniemi, Espoo. The centre administers a new type of BNCT treatment (Boron Neutron Capture Therapy) that has proved... Read more

Mon, 07 Mar, 2011:

Valmet electrifies Geneva Motor Show

Finland-based Valmet Automotive is highlighting its expertise in electric vehicles and convertible roof systems at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show. The showpieces on its stand include the Think City 2+2, the street legal version of the... Read more

Wärtsilä to deliver gas engines for Viking Line’s new passenger ferry

Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract by shipbuilding company STX Finland Oy to supply the propulsion machinery for a new passenger ferry to be built for Viking Line. The vessel will be the largest passenger ferry to operate on liquefied... Read more

Holmenkollen big hill ski jump modelled using Finnish software

The Holmenkollen big hill ski jump was modelled using Tekla software.  According to Tekla the jump, nearly 60 metres high, is the most modern ski jump in the world. The ski jump at Holmenkollen was totally re-shaped as the old one was dismantled... Read more

Fri, 04 Mar, 2011:

Marimekko to open international online shop

Marimekko will continue to expand its distribution by launching an international online shop. The first online shop will be opened in the United States, and the goal is to have it up and running by the summer 2011. Following that, Marimekko... Read more

Intelligent transport to be tested in Tampere

A test area is being constructed in Tampere to trial intelligent transport services.  VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) and Mercedes-Benz are heading the project to determine which services Finnish drivers want, and what sort of effect... Read more

Japanese support for Turku’s Capital of Culture year

European Capital of Culture Year Turku is receiving support from organizations representing major Japanese companies.  The Turku 2011 Foundation has signed a co-operation agreement with the EU-Japan Fest Committee that will boost the programme... Read more

Thu, 03 Mar, 2011:

Nokia to build manufacturing site in Vietnam

Nokia is to build a new manufacturing site near Hanoi in northern Vietnam. The initial investment will be in the region of 200 million euros. In a ceremony in Hanoi, representatives of Nokia and the Vietnamese government signed a memorandum of... Read more

The Guardian: Helsinki’s Old Market Hall is the best in the world

Readers of British newspaper The Guardian named Helsinki’s Old Market Hall as one of the world’s top market halls.  The Old Market Hall has been serving its customers on Eteläranta for 121 years. In particular The Guardian singled out for praise... Read more

You are what you app

Your smartphone use says a lot about you, according to a recent study. Using Nokia data, Trevor Pinch, professor of science and technology studies at Cornell University, analysed more than 5,200 smartphone users in 10 countries. He identified... Read more

Wed, 02 Mar, 2011:

Finns prescribe exercise to EU

Finnish policymakers have visited Brussels to outline how physical activity programmes in the south of the country can inspire similar action at EU level. EU officials confirmed they were closely following the Finnish experience to see if it... Read more

Acquisition by PKC expands its operations in Central Europe

PKC Group, the wiring harness and cabling contract manufacturer, has acquired full ownership of the Segu companies which operate in Central Europe. The Segu companies in Germany, Poland and the Ukraine develop and manufacture cable harnesses for... Read more

Finland heads EU nano safety project

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health will begin to coordinate a European Union funded coalition of nano safety projects.  The NanoSafety  Cluster comprises some 30 research projects involving several hundred researchers.  The EU is... Read more

Tue, 01 Mar, 2011:

F-Secure in new Latin American partnership deal

F-Secure has entered into a long term partnership in Latin America with the giant Spanish telephone operator Telefonica.  The operator will offer F-Secure’s protection and storage services to its mobile customers in Latin America. – Telefonica... Read more

ABB develops super-efficient electric motor

ABB’s Finnish engineers have developed a range of super-efficient electric motors. The new, squirrel cage technology IE4 motors have an efficiency of more than 95 percent, representing an energy improvement of some 30 percent. The magazine... Read more