Fri, 29 Jul, 2011:

Ramirent corporate acquisitions in Norway and Sweden

Machinery rental company Ramirent is expanding with the acquisition of the Norwegian company Rogaland Planbygg AS and the Swedish firm Hyrman i Lund AB. Rogaland Planbygg rents accommodation and office modules to customers from the oil and gas... Read more

Muuvit exports sports adventure to Central Europe

Founded in March this year, Muuvit Health and Learning Oy is an educational and wellness company set up for international markets.  The Muuvit sports adventure programme is already used in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.  The programme is a... Read more

Thu, 28 Jul, 2011:

Sunshine and office jobs

Tuuli , 28, moved from Helsinki to Barcelona three years ago. Previously she studied business economics in Helsinki. Tuuli left Finland because, after an academic exchange in Madrid and an internship on the northwest coast of Spain, life without... Read more

Finnish bands highly visible in British music magazine awards

Finnish music is once again knocking at the doors of the international music scene.  Two Finnish bands are among the nominees in a poll by the British music magazine Classic Rock. There are five categories and the bands Von Hertzen Brothers and... Read more

Wed, 27 Jul, 2011:

Paper machines took me to China

Markus Veikkola has had more than seven years to get used to the Chinese way of life and he would not change a single day. Veikkola works as Sales Manager for Metso’s paper and board machinery division.  He was already familiar with Asia before... Read more

Neste Oil joins international algae research projects

Neste Oil is continuing its research into the potential for using algae oil as a feedstock for producing renewable diesel. The company is taking part in two research projects, which start this summer, to test various methods for growing algae in... Read more

Nokia Siemens Networks to set up Smart Lab in Skolkovo

Nokia Siemens Networks and the Russian non-profit Skolkovo Foundation have agreed to set up a Smart Lab as well as a wider research and development team focused on wireless technologies The Smart Lab will be located in Skolkovo, while the... Read more

Researchers discover mechanism that impedes spread of cancer

Researchers from the University of Turku and the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) have found a new mechanism in cancer cells that prevents the spread and growth of the disease.  This discovery overturns previous understanding of cancer... Read more

Tue, 26 Jul, 2011:

Staying strong in the land of opportunity

31-year-old Filipina Susette Mondia came to Finland in 2008, because she wanted to earn money for her family back home. Susette first worked for a couple of years as an au pair with a family in Helsinki. After that she worked briefly as a... Read more

Halton inaugurates kitchen ventilation laboratory

Halton has inaugurated a kitchen ventilation laboratory in Béthune, France. It is unique in Europe by recreating the working conditions of a full-scale kitchen. The laboratory is dedicated to research and development as well as customer... Read more

Nokia Siemens Networks trials TD-LTE in two Chinese cities

Nokia Siemens Networks has successfully been running live TD-LTE (4G) trial networks in Hangzhou and Xiamen for China Mobile, the world’s largest operator. TD-LTE stands for Time Division-Long Term Evolution. LTE is the primary technology behind... Read more

Finland second most innovative according to US study

Finland ranks second behind Singapore in an international study assessing different countries and areas for their innovation-based competitiveness.  The Innovation Ranking was carried out by the US body, the ITIF (Information Technology &... Read more

Mon, 25 Jul, 2011:

Metso fine paper machine runs at Sun Paper Group mill in China

Metso has announced details of the start-up of the first ValZone metal belt calender for fine paper at a Sun Paper Group mill in China. The purpose of a calendar is to make paper smooth and glossy for printing and writing. The Metso-supplied... Read more

Life as a village shop owner in Hong Kong

Ville Majanen was only supposed to go to Hong Kong as an exchange student. However, his path was destined to take him back there as, at the age of 23 and with experience of online auctions, Ville decided to set up his own online auction company,... Read more

Outotec to deliver copper concentrator to Chelyabinsk, Russia

Outotec has signed a contract with ZAO Miheevsky GOK, a subsidiary of Russian Copper Co, for the design and delivery of a new copper concentrator for the Miheevsky porphyry-copper project in Chelyabinsk, Russia. The contract value exceeds 60... Read more

Fri, 22 Jul, 2011:

Tytti has her brunch from an Iittala plate

30-year-old Tytti Haaga works in Stockholm for Goodyear as the Nordic Brand Manager. She has worked in Sweden for five years, in marketing with the same company, and she is now in charge of the Goodyear brand in the Nordic countries and the... Read more

Finnair trials biofuel on Amsterdam-Helsinki route

Finnair has flown the world’s longest commercial flight to date using biofuel. During the next few weeks Finnair will fly a total of four such flights using biofuel in both of the aircraft’s engines. Last week the German carrier Lufthansa... Read more

Thu, 21 Jul, 2011:

Working on another planet

It will soon be three years since Silva Paananen began working as the head of Finpro's trade centre in the southern Indian city of Chennai. Previously she worked for Finpro in Finland and it was certainly a big decision for her to take as Silva... Read more

Kone to deliver 62 new elevators for six-tower project in China

Kone is to deliver 62 elevators for the Ordos Guotai Commercial Plaza project in the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos in China. The project comprises two 210-metre skyscrapers flanked by two 140 metre high buildings and two 120 metre high... Read more

Wed, 20 Jul, 2011:

EU in need of social intellect

When Sami Tulonen, 41, went to Brussels in 1996, Finland had only just joined the EU. Since then, adventure-loving Sami has worked in Brussels for the European nuclear energy interest group Foratom and for the European Parliament. Sami now works... Read more

Outotec sulphuric acid plant to Uzbekistan

Outotec has signed a contract with the Almalyk Mining & Metallurgical Company (AMMC) for the design and delivery of a gas cleaning and sulphuric acid plant to AMMC’s existing copper production facilities in Uzbekistan. The contract is valued at... Read more

Wärtsilä to supply main engines for 25 new Russian tankers

Wärtsilä has won the contract to supply the main engines for 25 new tankers being built in Russia.  The vessels will be delivered to three subsidiaries of Russia’s oldest shipping company Volga Shipping Co. Fifteen of the ships are to be... Read more

Tue, 19 Jul, 2011:

Interpreting at the heart of the EU

Nina Prince Ume, 46, who studied English philology at the University of Oulu, came to Brussels in 1996 when the EU had a shortage of interpreters. She had happened to hear that conference interpreter training was being set up in Brussels and,... Read more

Lufthansa starts scheduled flights using Neste Oil’s renewable fuel

Lufthansa has started commercial scheduled flights using Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel.  The raw materials used in the renewable aviation fuel supplied to Lufthansa include camelina and jatropha oils as well as waste animal fats... Read more

Clean bill of health for Finnish banks in EU stress tests

According to EU-wide stress tests carried out on the largest banks operating in Finland, their risk resilience is good.  Results for the OP-Pohjola Group, the Nordea Bank and the Danske Bank indicated that they hold adequate capital to cope even... Read more

Mon, 18 Jul, 2011:

Japanese curious of the Nordic lifestyle

34-year-old Mikko Koivumaa has been working as Press and Culture Counsellor for the Finnish Embassy in Tokyo for about half a year. In his workplace, half of the employees are from Finland and the other half are Japanese. Mikko finds good... Read more

Neste Oil expands its renewable raw material selection with camelina and jatropha oils

Neste Oil will expand the selection of raw materials used to produce NExBTL renewable fuel with jatropha and camelina oils. By introducing these new raw materials in its feedstock base, Neste Oil will increase the proportion of non-food... Read more

Outotec to deliver aluminium processing technology to Saudi Arabia

Outotec has agreed with Ma'aden Bauxite Alumina Company, a joint venture between Ma'aden and Alcoa on the delivery of two calcination plants to Ras Al Khair aluminium plant in Saudi Arabia. The value of the contract is around 50 million euros.... Read more

Fri, 15 Jul, 2011:

Freedom to let creativity blossom in work life

Mexican Patricia Álvarez García, 31, has lived in Finland for six years. She works for Nokia as Senior Communications Specialist but is currently on maternity leave. Patricia left Mexico for her Finnish husband and because she had been accepted... Read more

Metso to supply technology to TISCO in China

Metso is to supply minerals processing equipment to TISCO, the largest stainless steel manufacturer in China. The order comprises seven pressure filters, wear and spare parts, as well as services related to installation, start-up, commissioning... Read more

Wärtsilä acquires Sweden’s Cederwall

Wärtsilä has acquired Cedervall, one of the leading manufacturers of shaft seal and bearing systems for the marine industry. Cedervall has its headquarters in Gothenburg, and the company has subsidiaries in Spain, China and Singapore. The... Read more

Thu, 14 Jul, 2011:

Mika learns a new concept of time

Kuopio-born Mika Kokkonen originally went to Russia because it was the only place available to him when he wanted to go on an academic exchange in 2003. Mika now works for a law firm in St. Petersburg. Avenir / Hellevig, Klein & Usov offers many... Read more

Rautaruukki to provide steel structures at Kaunisvaara

Rautaruukki has contracted with Peab AB of Sweden to manufacture and install the steel structures for the concentration mill and stockpile buildings at the Kaunisvaara iron ore mine in Pajala in Northern Sweden. The contract is worth over 13... Read more

Outotec delivers more gold processing technology to the Far East of Russia

Outotec has signed a contract with LLC Malomyrskiu rudnik, part of Russia’s third largest gold producer the Petrapavlovsk Group, for the delivery of concentrator technology to the Malomyr gold mine in the Far East of Russia.  The contract,... Read more

Wed, 13 Jul, 2011:

Workmates singing the Moomins theme tune

Kotka-born Katja Klaus has lived in the Netherlands for six years. She works there for the finance department of the Japanese IT firm Buffalo Technology. The majority of employees at the firm's European office are European but there are... Read more

ABB to supply electrification of the Montes del Plata pulp mill in Uruguay

ABB is to provide the electrification for the new pulp mill in Uruguay’s Montes del Plata jointly owned by Stora Enso and the Chilean forestry company Arauco.  The factory is located in Punta Pereira, in south-western Uruguay.  The mill, costing... Read more

Tue, 12 Jul, 2011:

Give us a smile

South African Deon Du Plessis left his homeland at the age of 27 when he was overcome by a curiosity to see what life was like in the top half of the world. "I only knew about the northern hemisphere what I'd seen on the television and read in... Read more

Metso to supply large biomass boiler to Florida

Metso will supply a 100 MWe biomass boiler and automation system to the Gainesville Renewable Energy Centre (GREC) in Gainesville, Florida. GREC has successfully raised nearly 500 million US dollars in financing of which Metso's delivery... Read more

Pöyry awarded 15 million euro rail contract with Algeria

Pöyry’s Urban and Mobility business area has won the site supervision contract from the Algerian National Agency for Design Studies and Monitoring of Implementation of Investment in Railways (ANESRIF) for the biggest railway project ever... Read more

Mon, 11 Jul, 2011:

Finland is the Nordic forerunner in wireless communication

According to a Nordic telecoms survey, Finns are the forerunners in wireless telecommunications.  At the end of 2010, Finland had approximately 30 mobile broadband subscriptions per hundred citizens, whereas the corresponding figure in other... Read more

Profile Vehicles wins major Norwegian ambulance deal

The Iisalmi-based designer and manufacturer of specialist vehicles, Profile Vehicles, has won a giant order from Norway.  The Norwegian state has placed an order for a total of 200 ambulances to be delivered during the next two years.  The... Read more

Fri, 08 Jul, 2011:

International funding for the audio-visual business trebled in 2010

The level of international revenue and funding for Finland’s AV business trebled in 2010, according to a report by FAVEX ry, the Finnish Film and Audiovisual Export body. According to AV production companies, in 2010 international revenue worth... Read more

Biohit launches new electronic pipette

Biohit has launched an electronic pipette which is designed to improve speed and precision, while minimising contamination risk. The new eLINE pipette has been available worldwide since the end of June. It is targeted at molecular biology... Read more

Thu, 07 Jul, 2011:

Finnair opens a new route to China

In May 2012, Finnair will introduce a direct route to China's largest city Chongqing. Finnair will be the first airline to open a direct route from Europe to Chongqing. The company will fly to the city four times a week, the flight from Helsinki... Read more

A Finnish robot wins an international field robot competition

A robot built by students from the University of Helsinki and Aalto University has won the International Field Robot Event competition in Denmark. The Finnish team's robot Cornivore won two of the competition's four tasks, and had the best total... Read more

Wärtsilä builds Estonia’s first quick-start power plants

Wärtsilä has won a 129 million euro contract with Estonia’s transmission system operator Elering to supply two complete power plants with a total output of 250MW. The new facility will not produce electricity on a daily basis; it will serve as a... Read more

Wed, 06 Jul, 2011:

VTT tests beer from Åland shipwreck

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has tested one of five bottles of beer salvaged last summer by divers from the wreck of a ship which sank 170 years ago in the Åland Islands. The examination yielded a wealth of detail about the beer,... Read more

A Finnish couple wins the Wife Carrying World Championship

The Finnish couple Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen won the Wife Carrying World Championship held in Sonkajärvi, Finland. This year's gold metal is already the third one in a row for them. The Estonian couple Alar Vooglan and Kristi... Read more

Wärtsilä to supply a large gas power plant to South Africa

Wärtsilä has singed a contract to supply a large gas power plant to the South-African company Sasol Energy Holdings. The plant, which will be the largest of its kind in Africa, will be constructed in the town of Sasolburg near Johannesburg. The... Read more

Tue, 05 Jul, 2011:

Le Havre wins at the Munich Film Festival

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s new film Le Havre has been awarded the best international film prize at the Münich Filmfest.  The award, donated by the German camera manufacturer Arri, is worth 30,000 euros. Actors André Wilms and Blondin... Read more

Valopaa develops intelligent led lighting system for petrol stations

Valopaa says it has developed a new intelligent led lighting system, which is particularly suitable for lighting meters in petrol stations, various canopies and industrial halls. The new adjustable light fixture is highly durable and energy... Read more

The Finnish restaurant franchise Kotipizza expands to Korea

Kotipizza, the largest pizza chain in the Nordic Countries has expanded its operation to South Korea. Two new Kotipizza restaurants were recently opened in Seoul, Kauppalehti reported. In addition to the recently opened two restaurants, the... Read more

Finnair and the British airline Flybe to create a joint airline

The Finnish airline Finnair and the British Flybe will join forces to buy the Finnish regional airline Finnish Commuter Airlines (FCA). FCA is an air traffic subsidiary owned by Finncomm. The trade is estimated at 25 million Euros, and will be... Read more

Mon, 04 Jul, 2011:

Strenuous exercise can cut cancer risk

Vigorous exercise for half an hour a day can reduce a person’s risk of dying from cancer, say Finnish researchers in a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicines. Swimming, jogging, rowing and games like squash or football can... Read more

The music service Hitlantis poises for growth with 1.5 million funding

The Finnish music service Hitlantis has managed to accumulate a 1.5 million Euro funding from private investors, reported . Hitlantis is a free service which allows users to listen to music either on a web browser or with a mobile... Read more

Outotec wins a large contract in Brazil

Outotec will supply the world's largest iron ore concentrate pelletizing plant to the Brazilian mining company Samarco Mineração. The contract is estimated at around 200 million Euros. In addition to the plant, the contract includes local... Read more

Fri, 01 Jul, 2011:

New production for Wärtsilä ship engines in China

Wärtsilä and Jiangsu CuiXing Marine Offshore Engineering are starting a joint venture for producing medium-speed Wärtsilä 26 and 32 engines in China. Wärtsilä's investment in the venture is in the range of 16 million Euros, ensuring a 49 percent... Read more

The Finnish game Raven’s Cry to be distributed internationally

The Kotka-based game company Octane Games has signed an international distribution contract with Topware Interactive, a U.S. developer and publisher of games, Kymen Sanomat reports. The contract concerns the distribution of the company's action... Read more