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Fri, 30 Sep, 2011:

Public listing on cards for Nokia Siemens Networks

The mobile network vendor Nokia Siemens Networks might be listed publicly. According to Dow Jones Newswire, the company is considering the Initial Public Offering (IPO). On Thursday, Jesper Ovesen was named as the company’s new chairman... Read more

SATEL sells communications systems worth millions to India

Satel Oy will supply wireless communications systems to BESCOM Ltd, the Bangalore Electricity Distribution Company to help with its electricity distribution automation project. The value of the project is 9 million US dollars, or around 6.6... Read more

Valmet creates jobs and awaits Russian order

Russian media says Marussia Motors has asked Finnish car maker Valmet Automotive to produce 300 sports cars a year at its plant in Uuskaupunki. The news comes just days after Valmet said it was hiring 200 new workers to cope with growing demand... Read more

Thu, 29 Sep, 2011:

STX Finland’s Turku yard wins order for new cruise ship

TUI Cruises has placed an order with STX Finland for a new cruise ship.  The vessel should be delivered during Spring 2014. The project will provide employment for the STX Finland Turku yard equivalent to around 5,500 person-years.  TUI Cruises... Read more

Finnish professors win European grants

Three medical science researchers from the University of Helsinki have been awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Investigator Grants. Professor Lauri Aaltonen received funding for research into the genetics of cancer... Read more

Nokia has started shipping its N9 smartphones

Nokia has started shipping its new N9 smartphones which are based on the MeeGo operating system. The phone has no physical buttons, and relies on the touch screen for navigation. The user interface has three home views: applications, events and... Read more

Wed, 28 Sep, 2011:

Finnish design magazine launched in London

To be published annually in Finnish and English, the design publication Trash Magazine was launched at the London Design Show September 23rd.  Editor-in-Chief Ida Kukkapuro’s goal is to change the world in a modest way. She says that the... Read more

Finland tackles malware best

Finland is one of the leading countries in the world for preventing malware infections in computers, according to a study by Microsoft. The research uses a yardstick known as CCM which represents the number of reported computers cleaned for... Read more

Finnair ranked second best airline in Europe

Finnair has been ranked the second best airline in Europe and number 12 on the world rankings by readers of the American consumer magazine Travel + Leisure. The readers of the magazine voted Singapore Airlines as the best airline in the world... Read more

Tue, 27 Sep, 2011:

Kiosked shakes up Web advertising

Finnish start-up Kiosked is hoping to revolutionise the world of Web advertising by letting online publishers, bloggers and photographers post images which are embedded with advertisements for related products and services. The company has... Read more

Outotec to deliver a new plant to the Inner Mongolia

Outotec is designing and delivering a new ferrochrome plant to Baotou, in the Inner Mongolia, China. The Finnish company has signed an agreement with Mintal Group Co. Ltd., a large manufacturer of ferrochrome and stainless steel. The parties... Read more

Mon, 26 Sep, 2011:

Finnair and Helsinki Airport search for Quality Hunters

Finnair and Helsinki Airport are searching for seven Quality Hunters to travel between Europe, Asia and the United States and help improve services and flights connections at Helsinki Airport.  The success of last year’s project when Finnair... Read more

Marinetek expanding in China

Pontoon and marina manufacturers Marinetek Group has supplied a complete marina to the city of Longkou in China.  News of the company’s expansion on the Chinese markets was announced by Kauppalehti. The various components and elements of the... Read more

Nokia gets a new chief of technology ahead of new smartphone launches

Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, has appointed a new chief of technology just weeks ahead it is expected to launch new smartphones. Nokia has appointed Finnish Henry Tirri as Chief Technology Officer and a member of Nokia Leadership... Read more

Fri, 23 Sep, 2011:

Kone wins major order for Oman airport

Kone will supply 122 elevators, 60 escalators and 39 autowalks as part of the redevelopment of Muscat International Airport’s passenger terminal in Oman.  This equipment will enhance the user experience and ensure a smooth people flow at the... Read more

Helsinki Airport pilots a new smart card to aid passengers on tight connections

A new pilot project has been launched at Helsinki Airport with the aim to make travelling smoother and more convenient for the passengers. During a one-month trial, transfer passengers on a tight connection will be given a personal display card,... Read more

Thu, 22 Sep, 2011:

Aalto University School of Economics scores well in the ranking of Financial Times

The Aalto University School of Economics was ranked 33 rd in the “Masters in management ranking 2011” published by the Financial Times newspaper. The ranking lists the 65 best Master's Degree programmes in economics and business administration... Read more

Puukeskus delivery for Medvedev on the Kuola peninsula resort

The Russian President’s new official holiday residence is the handiwork of the Finnish building materials company Puukeskus. The holiday resort is on the Kuola peninsula, beside the Umba river, and has been named Otso (the Spirit of the Bear) in... Read more

Wed, 21 Sep, 2011:

Revolutionary Finnish translation service for Facebook and Twitter

Transfluent, an innovative Finnish translation service, has launched its professional, near-real-time language translation service for Facebook, Twitter and WordPress. Accoridng to PRWeb, Transfluent launched its product in September 13 at... Read more

New orders for Metso from China, USA and the Netherlands

Metso is to supply a coated board production line to International Paper & Sun Cartonboard Co., Ltd in China. The size of the order will not be disclosed but the value of this type of production line from the company would be in the region of... Read more

Iittala expands in Japan

Finnish design company Iittala has opened a new store in the Sano shopping mall near Tokyo in Japan. This is the company’s eighth retail outlet in the Japanese market in addition to ten Iittala departments in department stores in Japan.   The... Read more

Tue, 20 Sep, 2011:

Europe's largest renewable diesel plant goes on stream

Neste Oil has started up Europe's largest renewable diesel plant in Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Production of NExBTL renewable diesel at the new plant will be ramped up on a phased basis. The company says the start-up is a significant... Read more

Entrepreneurs head to Arctic15

Seven technology companies from Finland are pitching their businesses and services at a new startup conference in Helsinki this week. They represent almost half of the finalists chosen to participate in the first annual Arctic15 conference which... Read more

MultiTouch has already sold products to more than 40 countries

MultiTouch, the developer of the world’s first modular multi-touch LCD screen for large-scale displays, has already sold its products to more than 40 different countries. Most recently, the Finnish company delivered its systems to the University... Read more

Fortum wins significant international acclaim

Energy company Fortum’s work on promoting sustainability and climate change mitigation has received two important international recognitions: Fortum was ranked the best electricity and power company in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index... Read more

Mon, 19 Sep, 2011:

Tourists enjoyed their July in Finland

The number of foreign visitors staying overnight in Finland in July rose eight percent over last year’s July figure with a total of more than 740,000 overnight stays. The largest category of foreign visitors was Russian with a total of 141,000... Read more

Sanoma News buys Latvian news portal 

Sanoma News has acquired the second-largest online news service in Latvia, expanding its digital business in the Baltics.  The leading newspaper publisher in Finland bought Apollo from Latvian telecoms company Lattelecom. Neither side gave a... Read more

Voddler enables watching blockbusters with Nokia-phones

Voddler, an online film service, has launched a specially designed movie-app for Symbian platforms and Nokia-phones. The people with Symbian smart phones will be able to watch latest blockbuster rentals directly on their phones if they have... Read more

Fri, 16 Sep, 2011:

F-Secure blocks most malware in tests

F-Secure has achieved a 99.2% protection rate and the best possible certification for its security product in the latest tests carried out by Austrian antivirus software testing organisation, AV-Comparatives. F-Secure Internet Security 2011... Read more

Aki Kaurismäki’s Le Havre is Finland’s Oscar nomination

Directed, written and produced by Aki Kaurismäki, Le Havre has been selected as Finland’s official nominee for the Oscars. Shot in France the film tells of a shoe shiner who attempts to rescue a refugee boy. The selection was made by a jury of... Read more

Thu, 15 Sep, 2011:

Already one in six Finns is teleworking

Telework has become more common in Finland, and already 15 percent of Finns are working at home. A press release by Cisionwire reveals, that every second Finn is teleworking on the weekly basis. The September 16th is the National Telework Day in... Read more

Biolan victorious in French environmental products competition

Garden products specialists Biolan were awarded two prizes in the French  Eco Trophées competition, which was held 8.9.2011.  Biolan won gold for its business model and with it the Eco Management prize.  The award is granted in five categories... Read more

Top prizes of Marimekko design competition to Finland, Sweden and Japan

Marimekko has named winners for its international design competition in honour of company’s 60th anniversary. The competition was jointly organised by Marimekko and the Aalto University School of Art and Design. The top prizes went to Finnish,... Read more

Pöyry tackles wastewater disposal in Vietnam

Pöyry's water and environment business group has won a contract for wastewater disposal and solid waste management for four provincial towns in Vietnam. The assignment, which is worth 3.5 million euros, is expected to be completed in 2017. It is... Read more

Wed, 14 Sep, 2011:

DNA antenna technology wins awards in Amsterdam

Data communication company DNA has won two awards in the annual television and broadcasting IBC event held in Amsterdam.  The IBC Award innovation award was presented to DNA in the Content Delivery category.  The company also received an IBC... Read more

Neste Oil widens algae research

Neste Oil has launched a joint algae research programme with the Marine Research Centre at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). The programme is part of Neste Oil's efforts aimed at using algae oil as a raw material for producing its NExBTL... Read more

No stopping the Angry Birds: game downloaded by 350 million players

Nothing seems to stop Angry Birds at the moment. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, revealed in September 12 that Angry Birds game has been downloaded by 350 million people since it was launched in 2009. According to Fortune, that is 150... Read more

Finnish inventor gets a gong for her user-friendly blood glucose meter

Salla Koski, the Finnish inventor and founder of MODZ, has won a second place in European Women Inventors and Innovators Network (EUWIIN) award ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland. Koski has created a user-friendly blood glucose meter for juveniles... Read more

Tue, 13 Sep, 2011:

Finnish-led team buys Meta Watch

A group of investors led by Juha Pinomaa, a former President of Suunto and a former Nokia executive, have bought the Meta Watch brand from US watch and accessory maker Fossil. Meta Watch’s stated aim is to reinvent the watch as a stylish, mobile... Read more

Outotec wins EUR 150 million order from Russia

Outotec, the global leader in minerals and metals processing technology, has won a a big contract Russia. Outotec is delivering a large-scale iron ore pelletizing plant for NLMK Novolipetsk Metallurgisk Kombinat which is part of the NLMK Group,... Read more

Ruukki ranked one of the most sustainable companies in the metal sector

Ruukki, the Finnish supplier for metal-based components, has been ranked one of the most sustainable companies on the metal sector. The company has gained a top position in two Dow Jones Sustainability – indexes: DJSI World and DSJI Europe.... Read more

Mon, 12 Sep, 2011:

Google opens data centre in Hamina

Internet giant Google has opened its new data centre in the south-eastern town of Hamina on the Baltic Sea coast. The Minister of Economic Affairs, Jyri Häkämies, inaugurated the centre, located in a former paper mill, on Saturday. About 50... Read more

Flaxwood targets musical instrument manufacturing markets worth 6.4 billion

Significant commercial success is expected for natural composite materials in the 6.4 billion euro musical instrument markets, claims the journal Kauppalehti. Among those first making use of the new materials is Joensuu manufacturer Flaxwood who... Read more

US researchers study Finnish anti-bullying programme

Researchers at the University of Kansas in the United States are hoping to bring Finland’s successful bullying prevention programme, KiVa, to American schools. Starting as early as the 2012-13 school year, a pilot programme could kick off in... Read more

One in five Finnish bloggers get salary out of it

Finnish bloggers are becoming more professional. According to the consulting group Manifesto’s Blogibarometri 2011, one in five of Finnish bloggers get some kind of salary out of it - although blogging is not their primary source of income. The... Read more

Fri, 09 Sep, 2011:

Rauma shipyard lands Norwegian order

STX Finland’s shipyard in Rauma has secured a 300 million euro order from Norway’s Eide Marine Services for the outfitting, completion and delivery of two well intervention vessels  Each vessel is 122 metres long, 45 metres wide and weighs... Read more

Helsinki launches Design Week

Helsinki is gearing up for the 2012 World Design Capital year with Helsinki Design Week. During the ten days of events which start on September 9, Helsinki will be offering a meeting point for designers and design lovers, as well as celebrating... Read more

Nokia witnessing rocketing sales in India

Nokia, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer, is witnessing strong growth in India after the launch of dual-SIM card handsets. Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop is quoted saying in The Economic Times, The Indian Daily, that the launch of these handsets... Read more

Ahlstrom becomes greener by joining the WBCSD

Ahlstrom, a global high performance materials company, is strengthening its sustainability strategy. The Finnish company has become a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). -    Ahlstrom has a long history as a... Read more

Thu, 08 Sep, 2011:

Sanoma News boosts its digital strategy by promoting start-ups

Sanoma New, the leading newspaper publisher in Finland, is boosting its digital growth strategy by promoting new start-ups. The company has partnered with Aalto University's Start-Up Center with the aim of strengthening the growth of digital... Read more

Free tool detects banking trojans

Finnish security company Fitsec has released a free programme which it says will quickly check your computer for all variants of five major families of malicious software which steal online banking details. Fitsec says DeBank will detect almost... Read more

Sulake gets a new CEO from Disney's Playdom

Sulake, the Finnish entertainment company known from Habbo Hotel, is getting a new CEO from Disney. Sulake announced on Wednesday that the company’s CEO Timo Soininen will step down as CEO to join the Board of Directors. Soininen led Sulake for... Read more

Wed, 07 Sep, 2011:

Finland rises in competitive study

Finland has jumped from seventh to fourth place in the World Economic Forum’s annual study of global competitiveness — Finland is one of the innovation powerhouses in Europe, the report said. — It also occupies the top position in the higher... Read more

Wärtsilä supplies power plant to the Dominican Republic

Wärtsilä has been awarded a 155 million euro contract to supply a gas-fired power plant to the Dominican Republic. The new power plant will provide electricity for a gold mine.  The contract was signed with Barrick Gold of North America, a... Read more

Outotec wins a new contract from Chilean Codelco

Outotec has won another contract with Chilean Codelco which is the leading copper producer in the world. Outotec will design and deliver concentrator technology to Codelco's new Mina Ministro Hales mine in northern Chile. The contract value is... Read more

Green Mill Index helps to analyse environmental impact of mills

The new index developed by Finnish Pöyry will help companies to analyse how environmentally friendly and sustainable their pulp and paper mills are. Pöyry has released a Green Mill Index which represents the relations of different indicators and... Read more

Atos builds green data centre in Helsinki

International IT company Atos says it is building the world’s most eco-efficient data centre in Helsinki reports the European Union’s Economic Development & Investment magazine, Invest in EU. Situated in the Suvilahti district of Helsinki, the... Read more

Tue, 06 Sep, 2011:

The Finnish government will start a national climate panel

The Finnish government is planning to start a national climate panel which is modelled by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). IPCC, is a scientific body and the leading international body for the assessment of climate change.... Read more

Finnish designer picked for Apple team

Designer Mikael Silvanto has been picked to join Apple’s design team in the USA, according to the webpages of Kauppalehti. The design team comprises 15 people yet does not have a specific leader; everyone does everything. — This is my dream job.... Read more

Samsung selects Finnish universities for research funding

Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology have been selected for research funding by the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology Global Research Outreach Programme (SAIT GRO). SAIT GRO is a highly competitive programme open to the... Read more

Mon, 05 Sep, 2011:

Picosun joins research to widen ALD scope

Picosun, designer and manufacturer of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems, is participating in four new research projects which are expected to yield new products and applications for thin film technology.  The nationally and internationally... Read more

Heikki Marila wins major Carnegie award

The artist Heikki Marila has won the Carnegie Art Award first prize. The prize, worth some 110,000 euros was awarded to Marila for his floral paintings and it is one of world’s largest art awards. Aimed at Nordic artists, the Carnegie Art Award... Read more

Finnish Railways introduces new low cost fares

Finnish Railways, VR, is introducing an airline-style pricing in mid September thanks to the increasing competition from budget airlines in domestic markets, mainly brought by Norwegian budget carrier. VR is introducing its new pricing system on... Read more

Blockbuster start for Finnish Venture Capital Market

Finnish venture capital market was booming at the first half of the year, and especially gaming companies were attracting international financing. According to Technopolis Online, in the first six months of 2011, Finnish companies were able to... Read more

Fri, 02 Sep, 2011:

Finnish film industry is booming with number of premieres at peak levels

The Finnish film industry is booming. According to Helsingin Sanomat, the number of premieres of full-length films released in cinemas during the calendar year will reach 30. The same number of films was previously made only in the golden age of... Read more

WOT makes Russian e-mails safer

Web of Trust (WOT), the Helsinki-based community-powered browser tool which  helps web users find reliable websites, has announced a partnership with Mail-ru Group to improve online protection for 300 million people using Russia's leading free... Read more

Angry Birds fly to Singapore

The Finnish national airline Finnair will fly the Angry Birds, developed by the Finnish company Rovio, to Singapore on September 20.  During the flight,  the Angry Birds Asian Challenge competition will be held. Passengers will be able to take... Read more

Kone supplying new elevators and escalators to Heathrow Airport

Kone, recently ranked as one of the world’s most innovative companies, has won a order to supply elevators and escalators to the satellite building T2B of Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2. The order consists of 40 elevators, 18 escalators and... Read more

Thu, 01 Sep, 2011:

New funding for developers from Nokia and Vision+

The games and application developers are getting helping hand from Nokia and Vision+, an independently-run investment fund, focused on financing innovative products. Vision+ is investing into product development projects with a clear target for... Read more

Metso to deliver green energy technology in Poland

Metso has won a 20 million euro contract from Elektrocieplownia Bialystok to provide green energy technology at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Poland. Metso's technology will be used to convert a coal-fired boiler to biomass-fired... Read more

Aldata contract with Japanese chain of convenience stores

The Japanese chain of convenience stores Seicomart is to buy replenishment and procurement systems from Aldata.  The solutions will be implemented in Seicomart’s 1,000+ stores and seven distribution centres. Established in 1971, the Seicomart... Read more

Finland aims to improve adult skills and competencies

Finland will take part in the OECD's international survey of adult competencies PIAAC (the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies). Some of the 25 countries are participating in the study which will assess the various... Read more