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Tue, 31 May, 2011:

Avilon announces world first

 Avilon has announced a method for converting paper grade pulp into high purity dissolving pulp. The company, which is part of Neo Industrial’s Viscose Fiber Business, describes the technology as a revolutionary innovation. Until now dissolving... Read more

Game developer Supercell secures millions in investment from international partner

The international global venture capital firm Accel Partners has invested 12 million dollars (nearly 8.5 million euros) in the Finnish company Supercell.  Supercell made the announcement on its website on May 25th, 2011. This is the second... Read more

Finns excel once again in job comparison charts

Ten Finnish companies were listed on this year’s list of the 100 best places to work in Europe.  Last year the number was nine and the results have been improving virtually year on year since 2005. Half of the one hundred places this year were... Read more

Mendor and Novartis develop treatment for diabetes

Finnish growth company Mendor has begun collaborating with the Finnish branch of one of the world’s leading medical companies, Novartis. The companies have started up a pilot project, the aim of which is to develop more targeted care for those... Read more

Finland ranks high for family friendliness

A British think-tank has ranked Finland fourth among family friendly countries in Europe. It surveyed 27 countries according to 25 indicators. The Relationships Foundation looks at issues like debt and poverty, working hours and living costs in... Read more

Mon, 30 May, 2011:

CNN’s news content to be supported by Nokia’s mapping services

Nokia and the global news network CNN have announced an international collaboration agreement where Nokia becomes a key part of CNN's roster of mapping service providers. The collaboration focuses on global newsgathering, user-generated content,... Read more

Metso signs 200 million euro deal with Russian copper refinery

Metso has contracted to supply minerals processing equipment and services to the Russian Copper Company for its copper operation in the Chelyabinskya regionin South West Russia. The service contract is for more than six years and includes a team... Read more

Outokumpu snaps up ISSF sustainability award

The International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) has granted the first ISSF Sustainability Award to Outokumpu.  It is in recognition of Outokumpu’s actions and achievements in reducing waste to landfill and in enhancing the efficiency of material... Read more

Fri, 27 May, 2011:

Finland will continue to support farmers’ organizations in developing countries

The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK) and Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs have together signed a contract to provide support worth 900,000 euros to strengthen farmers’ organizations in developing countries. ... Read more

Orders pour in for Cargotec cranes

Cargotec’s marine crane division has won a contract for 21 MacGregor variable frequency drive electric cranes to be installed on seven multipurpose cargo ships. The ships will be built at Huanghai Shipbuilding in China for Ethiopian Shipping... Read more

Farang is Finland’s best restaurant

Professionals from the restaurant business have picked Helsinki’s Farang as Finland’s best restaurant.  The Viisi Tähteä web magazine’s poll placed Farang, with its modern South East Asian delicacies, way out in front. Chez Dominique with two... Read more

Thu, 26 May, 2011:

UFO sightings rise in Finland

UFO sightings are becoming more frequent in Finland, according to a report on the website of Finland’s national broadcaster YLE. The Finnish UFO Research Association FUFORA and UFO Finland say that they receive about 300 reports of sightings a... Read more

Green Mining programme shows the way for Finland’s mining industry

Finland is aiming at becoming an ecologically efficient mineral industry global pioneer by 2020.  The Green Mining programme started up by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation) will provide support for growth and... Read more

Kaurismäki’s new film wins two unofficial awards in Cannes

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s new film Le Havre has been awarded two unofficial prizes in conjunction with the Cannes film festival, reports Finnish national broadcaster Yle. Kaurismäki  won the International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) which... Read more

New cabin construction method revolutionizes shipbuilding

Shippax Oy has developed a new method for building accommodation cabins for ships and for offshore use.  The construction method, based on steel Fixcel sandwich structures, is expected to revolutionize the quality and working practices of... Read more

Car radar to warn of icy roads

Finnish researchers Ville Vilkari and Pekka Pursula have developed a radar system for cars that checks the road surface and measures its properties from the reflected signals. Typically car radar systems are used to detect other road users.  Now... Read more

Metso and Fortum complete oxyfuelcombustion project

Metso and Fortum have completed a pilot project to develop oxyfuel combustion technology which aims to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of power plants. The results of the project will be evaluated during 2011. Last year, Metso modified its... Read more

Wed, 25 May, 2011:

Finnish music exported to Asia

Finland will be represented at Asia’s biggest professional music event by a total of 16 companies.  The Music Matters event held in Singapore will feature companies present from a total of 23 countries. Companies from various sectors of the... Read more

Tue, 24 May, 2011:

Nine Finnish companies are Red Herring finalists

Nine Finnish companies have been selected as finalists for Red Herring’s Top 100 Europe awards. The list recognises the year’s most promising and innovative private technology ventures from the European business region. Equipment and coating... Read more

Playground manufacturer Lappset expands into Holland

Playground and fitness equipment manufacturer Lappset Group has formed a subsidiary in Holland.  The proposed new Dutch production unit is intended to be fully operational in 2013. Formation of the subsidiary will be implemented through share... Read more

Mon, 23 May, 2011:

Salla Simukka’s trilogy sold to 43 countries

The rights to Finnish author Salla Simukka's Snow White Trilogy has been sold to 43 countries, most recently to the Faroe Islands. Prior to that, the rights to the trilogy have been sold to countries such as the US, the UK, Japan, Brazil, China... Read more

Iittala's artisans blow the world's largest beer glass

Professional and student glassblowers have created the world's largest beer glass in Iittala glass factory located in the town of Hämeenlinna, Yle Häme reports. The glass can hold up to 125 liters of beer. The previous first-class glass was from... Read more

A wood pavilion to be the hub of Design Capital Helsinki

Next spring Helsinki city, The World's Design Capital 2012, will have a new wood pavilion constructed from renewable and recycled materials in its centre. The pavilion will function as a junction between the Museum of Finnish Architecture and... Read more

Savo-Solar: the new class of solar energy efficiency

The Finnish company Savo-Solar, based in Mikkeli, has developed a new kind of a solar power collector, which employs nano coating for efficient solar energy collection. According to the company, the new heat absorber design is considerably more... Read more

Fri, 20 May, 2011:

Thames Water adopts a remote access solution designed in Finland

Thames Water, the largest water and wastewater services company in Great Britain, has adopted the remote access solution SafeMove Mobile VPN. The solution, developed by the Finnish company Birdstep Technology Oy, ensures the safe and easy-to use... Read more

Nordea predicts continuous growth

According to the latest estimate by Nordea's economists, the world economy will grow 3.7 percent this year, which is only slightly less than what was projected last autumn. There are only minor changes to next year's growth rate estimate.... Read more

Siparila to supply 20 million euros worth of wooden beds to Ikea

Siparila, a Finnish wood product specialist, has secured a contract to supply solid wood beds to Ikea. The two-and-a-half-year supplier contract is estimated at a little less than 20 million euros. The two Ikea bed models will be produced in... Read more

Shipwreck champagne up for auction

Two bottles of 200-year-old champagne, salvaged from a Baltic Sea shipwreck, will be auctioned in Finland next month. The bottles - one from the house of Veuve-Clicquot and another from the defunct house of Juglar - were part of batch of 150... Read more

Thu, 19 May, 2011:

Robot separates recyclables from debris

ZenRobotics says its recycling robot has correctly identified half of the recyclable material it was fed after tests on a construction site. The system has been tested by recycling and waste management company SITA Finland since February. The... Read more

Vaisala makes the best radiosonde

World Meteorological Organization, WMO, has found Vaisala's radiosonde to be the best in the world. The Vaisala RS92-SGP radiosonde and the Vaisala DigiCORA Sounding System MW31 got almost full points in all evaluated categories. The sounding... Read more

Filmland.fi showcases the Finnish movie and TV business

The new online service Filmland.fi allows foreign media operators to explore the Finnish movie and television industry. The service was made public this week in the Cannes film festival. Filmland.fi contains information on Finnish movie and... Read more

Wed, 18 May, 2011:

World champions stir up the Finns

More than 100,000 Finns gathered at Helsinki’s Market Square at a national party organized in honour of Finland’s victorious ice hockey world championship gold medal winners.  At very short notice a group of top Finnish pop artists were enlisted... Read more

Carbon dioxide neutralization provides a patent solution to climate problems

Cuycha Innovation has begin to market a carbon dioxide neutralization process, the widespread adoption of which is estimated to decisively slow down global warming.  The patented technology has been invented and developed by the inventor Matti... Read more

Tue, 17 May, 2011:

Mining becoming one of Finland’s growth drivers

ETLA, the Research Institute of the Finnish Economy, has published a report that states the mining industry is becoming a long-term growth driver for Finland if global market prices for raw materials remain at their present levels in the future.... Read more

Netcycler goods recycling service starts up in Britain

The Finnish goods recycling service Netcycler has also started up operations in Britain, according to the magazine Markkinointi & Mainonta.  Netcycler has been in operation for just over a year during which time it has attracted more than 27,000... Read more

Mon, 16 May, 2011:

Finland celebrates winning ice hockey world championship title after 16 year gap

Finland has won the world ice hockey championship.  Playing in Bratislava the Finnish team beat their ‘dearest rivals’ Sweden in the final by a devastating 6-1 score.  It is testimony to the consistency of the whole team that each of the six... Read more

New method facilitates manufacture of nanotube films

The Department of Applied Physics of Aalto University has, in co-operation with Canatu Oy, developed  a simple, fast method to manufacture free-standing, multi-functional, single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) films. These SWCNT nanotubes are a... Read more

Fri, 13 May, 2011:

Finnish WOT in far-reaching collaboration with Facebook

The Finnish data security company Web of Trust (WOT) has agreed a far-reaching collaboration with the social network Facebook.  Facebook will begin to use WOT to warn its users of dubious links. When a Facebook user clicks on a link that leads... Read more

Vacon opens new plant in China

AC drive manufacturer Vacon has opened up a new plant in Suzhou, China.  The official inauguration took place on May 11th. The new factory occupies a total area of 24,000 square metres. The new plant also has a R&D lab and the after-sales... Read more

Aalto University researchers set marine diesel world record

The Research Group of Combustion Engines located at Aalto University Department of Energy Technology has set an unofficial performance record for medium-speed marine and power station diesel engines.  The  peak cylinder pressure reached a 30... Read more

Thu, 12 May, 2011:

Outotec to deliver copper flash smelting technology to Iran

Outotec has contracted to deliver a significant level of flash smelting technology to Iran for the expansion of National Iranian Copper Industries Company's copper smelter located in Sarcheshmeh, Iran.  The order has been placed by the Tech Talk... Read more

VTT creates a concept for St Petersburg’s ecological city planning

VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) has created EcoGrad, an ecologically efficient concept compatible with St. Petersburg’s conditions. The EcoGrad concept includes a dense urban structure, a minimized transport requirement, maximization... Read more

Wed, 11 May, 2011:

Kone: soon one of the three big names in China's elevator industry

The Finnish company Kone Oyj strengthens its position in the Chinese market by increasing its share in the Chinese company Giant Kone Elevators to 80 percent. When the trade is concluded, Kone will be one of the three largest elevator and... Read more

Tieto’s data centre receives energy efficiency award

IT service company Tieto’s new energy efficient data centre has won a Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) award in the U.S. The award was presented for the company’s data centre solution in Espoo in the Beyond the Data Center category. Commissioned at... Read more

Growth for Auramarine from sea protection

Auramarine has developed a ballast water treatment system, that promises to stop harmful flora and fauna from spreading from one sea region to another. The Lieto-based Finnish company expects that the innovation will multiply the company's... Read more

Tue, 10 May, 2011:

Finnish design on display in New York

New Finnish Design SCENARIOS sets out to show  New York's design professionals and the media what is happening in the Finnish furniture, textile and light design industry today. The event will be arranged during New York Design Week. It will be... Read more

Wärtsilä wins order for Statoil support ship

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the vessel design and complete diesel electric propulsion system for a new field support vessel. The ship, owned and operated by Sartor Shipping of Norway, will serve the North Sea oilfields on behalf of... Read more

LeftShoe Company to open an outlet in London

The marketing magazine Markkinointi & Mainonta reports that Left Shoe Company, a Finnish company that specializes in shoes made to measure, is expanding its business to London. The company plans to open an outlet to a department store in... Read more

Mon, 09 May, 2011:

Techila Technologies to BizSpark Summit finals

Techila Technologies, a Finnish company specializing in high performance computing, has been chosen among the 15 finalists in Microsoft's BizSpark Summit. Techila is the only Finnish company to partake in the final phase of the competition. The... Read more

Cargotec to supply 12 gantry cranes to Santos Brasil

Cargotec has signed a delivery contract for additional twelve Kalmar E-One2 gantry cranes with Santos Brasil S/A. Santos Brasil, one of the leading container terminal operators in South America, is Cargotec's main buyer for Cargotec's E-One... Read more

Fri, 06 May, 2011:

Ruukki harnesses façades to capture solar power

Ruukki has developed a façade cladding system, which converts the façade of a building into a solar power source. The system can be connected to the building's electrical network, and according to Ruukki, the current model can produce up to 30... Read more

Markku Kulmala is the world's most referred geoscientist

Thomson ISI Web of Knowledge, which keeps tabs on the use of references in the scientific world for its Essential Science Indicators service, has listed Academy Professor Markku Kulmala, Helsinki University physics department, as the most cited... Read more

Walki develops biomass cover

Walki has developed a paper-based, waterproof cover to protect piles of logging residue – an inexpensive and easily accessible source of biofuel. The cover can be chipped and burned together with the residue. To improve the energy content of... Read more

Thu, 05 May, 2011:

Finland sends Paradise Oskar to Eurovision

A 20-year-old singer-songwriter called Paradise Oskar is representing Finland in the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Paradise Oskar, whose real name is Axel Ehnström, is a student of the Pop and... Read more

Outotec exports gold pressure leaching technology to Russia

Outotec supplies gold pressure leaching technology to the Pokrovskiy hydrometallurgic plant in Amur Oblast, in Russia's Far East. The contracted partner, JSC Pokrovskiy Mine, is a part of the Petropavlovsk group which is the third largest gold... Read more

Angry Birds to bring home a Webby Award

In the U.S. held Webby Awards, Angry Birds has been awarded first place in the mobile games category. The game also won the People's Voice Award in the same category. Since 1996, International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has presented... Read more

Wed, 04 May, 2011:

Fresh exports: Finnish mobile expertise to the U.S.

Three major movers collaborate to export Finnish mobile expertise to the U.S. Together with Greater Helsinki Promotion and Finpro, Finnish Mobile Association (FinnMob) has opened a new office and a business incubator in New York, NY. The goal is... Read more

Metso to supply cooking plant and fibre line to Thailand

Metso is to supply a new cooking plant and fibre line upgrade to the Khon Kaen mill owned by Phoenix Pulp & Paper in Thailand. The equipment will begin operation in July 2012.  The value of the contract is around 10 million euros. The delivery... Read more

Aalto University spectrometer for NASA’s ISS space station

The Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory has been involved in the development of AMS-02 (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer) that was taken on NASA’s second but last space shuttle to the ISS International Space Station.  The AMS will search for... Read more

Finland’s cleantech business is growing and setting its sights on China

The combined turnover of Finland’s leading cleantech companies last year was 17.9 thousand million euros and those companies engaged in the business estimate that markets will increase this year by nearly ten percent.  The most significant... Read more

Tue, 03 May, 2011:

Tikkurila buys Serbian paint company

Tikkurila Oyj has acquired the Serbian paint company Zorka Color.  According to Tikkurila, the deal will consolidate the company’s position in Central Eastern Europe and in the Balkans. Zorka Color’s corporate and product brands, customer... Read more

Cold-smoked Lapland Reindeer meat gets EU protection

Lapin Poro (Lapland Reindeer) cold-smoked reindeer meat has received an EU protected designation of origin (PDO).  To date nearly one thousand products have received PDOs.  Of these, only 31 meat products are protected in this way, the most... Read more

Mon, 02 May, 2011:

Nokia re-structuring viewed as an opportunity in Finland

Nokia’s announcement that it will reduce its workforce in Finland by some 1,400 people and outsource to Accenture, according to some estimates, around 1,500 people working on its Symbian program development has been viewed with mixed emotions.... Read more

Fazer acquires the Swedish bakery chain Gateau

The Fazer Group has acquired the Swedish Gateau bakery chain.  Gateau is known primarily for its bread products which are baked in a stone hearth oven and made of sourdough from stone-ground rye.    The company also offers other confectionery... Read more

PowerLine expansion between Finland and Germany

The PowerLine shipping company is growing its capacity on routes between Finland and Germany.  The company forms part of the Lillbacka Group and its new ro-ro vessel features 2,170 metres of cargo space, representing a capacity of around 160... Read more