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Tue, 31 Jan, 2012:

Blaast mobile app launch in Indonesia

Start-up company Blaast has signed a major deal with the Indonesian telecoms operator XL.  Under the terms of the agreement, XL’s more than 43 million users will be able to start using the app developed by Blaast for basic mobiles. XL is the... Read more

Startup Sauna gets entrepreneurs funded

New companies which are chosen for promotion by Finland’s Startup Sauna programme hugely increase their chances of getting funding, according to a new study. The study by Aalto University which helps fund Startup Sauna, said companies from... Read more

Mon, 30 Jan, 2012:

Solved service gets help from environmental technology experts

Cleantech Finland has just launched the web-based Solved expert service. The service is a discussion platform where companies and private individuals can ask environmental technology experts for help related to environmental challenges. At the... Read more

Neste Oil climbs up sustainability list

For the sixth consecutive year, Neste Oil has been selected for inclusion in the Global 100 list of the world's most sustainable companies. Neste Oil was the highest ranked Finnish company, improving its position by one place to 19 compared with... Read more

Fri, 27 Jan, 2012:

Wärtsilä wins Great Lakes contract

Canada’s Algoma Central Corporation has chosen Wärtsilä to supply complete propulsion systems with integrated air pollution control devices or scrubbers for six Great Lakes vessels.  These are the first integrated scrubbers Wärtsilä has supplied... Read more

Berlin premiere for Tampere film

The long-in-the-making science fiction film Iron Sky  will get its world premiere in February at the Berlin film festival. The film will be screened in the Special Panorama category. — It’s fantastic that this product of decades of work should... Read more

Helsinki Airport serves more routes and passengers

Helsinki Airport's connections to Europe are set to improve this year as Norwegian, Estonian Air and Lufthansa introduce new routes. Estonian Air reopens its route between Tallinn and Helsinki, with 18 weekly fights starting from 26 March 2012.... Read more

Thu, 26 Jan, 2012:

Golf pace of play meter sparks international interest

The Greeni pace of play meter developed by Oulu-based Viherio Technologies Oy has gained a firm foothold among UK golf clubs.  The company explains that it will be increasingly targeting international markets in the future and that the service... Read more

Chinese stations and US hospital choose Kone

Kone has been selected to deliver 71 escalators and 40 elevators to Beijing’s first magnetic levitation train line. They will be delivered to eight stations along the S1 line, a 20 kilometre low-noise line located in the less developed western... Read more

Pöyry lands metro line deal in Vietnam

Engineering consultant Pöyry has won a contract to provide services for the design, tender documentation and site supervision phases for Line Two of the Ho Chi Minh City Metro in Vietnam. Pöyry's share of the assignment is approximately 13... Read more

Wed, 25 Jan, 2012:

Metso supplies largest recovered fuel fired boiler

Metso has secured an order from Sweden’s Mälarenergi to deliver the world’s largest recovered- fuel-fired boiler for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Västerås. Under the deal, Metso will provide the heating plant that will serve as a... Read more

Peikko wins orders for the world’s largest pulp mill

Peikko Group Oy, who manufacture concrete structures, have won significant orders for a pulp mill project in Uruguay.   The Montes del Plata pulp mill in Punta Pereira is a joint venture of Stora Enso and Arauco of Chile and it is scheduled to... Read more

Cargotec seals raft of new orders

Cargotec has secured major port crane orders to Mexico, the Philippines and Vietnam. The company has received two separate orders from one of the world's leading container terminal operators, International Container Services Inc (ICTSI). The... Read more

Tue, 24 Jan, 2012:

Outokumpu and ThyssenKrupp talk stainless steel merger

Stainless steel supplier Outokumpu and German steel maker ThyssenKrupp have confirmed that they are in talks over a possible merger of their stainless steel businesses. Outokumpu said it was in preliminary discussions to evaluate potential... Read more

Biotie tests drug for cocaine dependence

Biopharmaceutical company Biotie Therapies has signed a deal with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in the United States to test a drug which is designed to treat cocaine dependence. NIDA will fund the 11-week trial in 180... Read more

Niinistö and Haavisto through to second round of presidential elections

Sauli Niinistö from the National Coalition and Pekka Haavisto from the Green Party were the two candidates who received most votes in the first round of Finland's presidential elections yesterday. In doing so they go through to the second,... Read more

Mon, 23 Jan, 2012:

Kiosked and Transfluent in final of international mobile competition

Kiosked, who have reshaped web advertising and Transfluent who specialize in translation in the social media have both been selected as finalists in the international mobile innovation competition the CODE_n Award. A jury composed of technology... Read more

Nokia remains India’s most trusted brand

For the second year running, Nokia has emerged as the most trusted brand in India followed by the Tata Group. That’s according to The Brand Trust Report, India Study 2012, compiled by Brand Trust Advisory. Korean companies LG and Samsung were... Read more

Hammerkit raises 1.25 million euros in funding

Hammerkit, a Finnish cloud technology provider for the PR and marketing industry, has raised 1.25 million euros in new venture capital funding. The company which opened an office at Liverpool Science Park in the UK in October 2010, plans to... Read more

Fri, 20 Jan, 2012:

Basware grows in Germany

Software house Basware has signed an agreement with the German e-Invoice network operator First Businesspost GmbH ('1stbp') to acquire the German company’s entire share capital. The deal is valued at some 12 million euros. 1stbp employs a total... Read more

Oulu named high-tech finalist

New York-based think tank, the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), has named Oulu among its top seven intelligent communities of the year. The ICF’s Top Seven are communities which provide a model of economic and social development using... Read more

Helsinki University aims for the top 50

The University of Helsinki aims to be among the fifty best universities in the world by 2020. The university’s board of directors has approved this strategic goal for the years 2013-2016. — This is a tough goal but not an unrealistic one, says... Read more

Thu, 19 Jan, 2012:

Wärtsilä to deliver five power plants to Bangladesh

Wärtsilä has won five contracts to supply power plant generating equipment to Bangladesh. The total overall output of these plants will be more than 450 MW, and all of them will produce electricity to be supplied to the national grid. The... Read more

Unique geothermal energy research centre for Vaasa

The University of Vaasa has awarded four years of funding to start up a geothermal energy laboratory both for research into and implementation of geothermal energy possibilities on the campus area. Project Researcher Antti Savola believes the... Read more

Exhibition highlights Finnish architecture abroad

A new exhibition at the Museum of Finnish Architecture examines Finnish architecture around the world. The Seven Connections exhibition focuses on a variety of buildings from an opera house in China to an art museum in Estonia and an... Read more

Wed, 18 Jan, 2012:

Finland tops success index

According to the Failed States Index 2011, Finland is the most successful country in the world. The index ranks countries according to an assessment of their social, economic and political situation. According to the survey, Finland’s levels of... Read more

Reducing friction slashes fuel consumption 

Scientists in Finland and the United States say it should be possible to reduce the fuel consumption and emissions of cars by 18 per cent within the next five to 10 years and up to 61 per cent within 15 to 25 years just by introducing new... Read more

Finnair ranks second for safety

Finnair has been ranked the second safest airline in the world by German aviation magazine Aero International based on statistics provided by the Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC). The JACDEC Safety Index takes into account the... Read more

Tue, 17 Jan, 2012:

Konecranes wins orders from Germany and Mozambique

Lifting equipment manufacturer Konecranes has won an order to supply straddle carriers from the German Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH.  Konecranes is also of interest in Mozambique as the end of 2011 saw the company win an order for... Read more

Vianor opens 900th outlet in Romania

Tyre chain Vianor, part of the Nokian Tyres group, has announced the opening of its 900th outlet in Bucharest, Romania.  Vianor has strengthened its position in the Balkans by increasing its partner network in Bulgaria and by expanding to... Read more

New plywood house trialled

UPM has supported a project by Danish architects Eentileen.dk to develop a new plywood house building system with low environmental impact. A pilot project called Print a House has seen the construction of a wooden villa in Denmark using UPM’s... Read more

Mon, 16 Jan, 2012:

Web of Trust tops 30 million downloads

The Web of Trust (WOT) safe surfing tool topped the 30 million download figure, according to the business journal Kauppalehti. The number of users of the service is growing rapidly as it was  August 2008 when the service reached one million... Read more

Neste Oil's renewable fuel powers intercontinental flight

Neste Oil's NExBTL renewable aviation fuel has been used for the first time to power an intercontinental flight. Last week Lufthansa flew a regular scheduled service from Frankfurt to Washington D.C. using the fuel. Lufthansa calculates that... Read more

VTI Technologies launches smallest gyro

VTI Technologies has announced the launch of the world’s smallest gyro which halves power consumption when compared to other consumer gyros on the market. The company says the CMR3100, a new digital 3-axis consumer gyro, has raised the bar for... Read more

Fri, 13 Jan, 2012:

Angry Birds get sweeter

Finland's largest confectionary company, Fazer, has signed a deal with Rovio Entertainment to produce sweets based on its hit mobile game Angry Birds. The characters and flavours will come from the Angry Birds world, and the  birds’ characters... Read more

Metso supplies dam project in Venezuela

Metso has signed a contract with Camargo Corrêa and Hydrologic Company to supply equipment to a new crushing and screening plant in Venezuela. The new plant is part of a project, which includes the construction of a dam to supply water to... Read more

Thu, 12 Jan, 2012:

WHO approves AIDS drug made by Finnish-Kenyan company

A Kenyan drugmaker which receives most of its external funding from Finnish finance development company, Finnfund, has received approval for an AIDS drug by the World Health Organization (WHO). Universal Corporation Ltd (UCL), a maker of... Read more

Light gadget could improve reaction times

Valkee , the maker of a light headset for seasonal affective disorder, says its gadget has also improved ice hockey players' reaction times. The company s ays professional hockey players from the Finnish national league improved their reaction... Read more

Wed, 11 Jan, 2012:

Marimekko pops up at Selfridges in London

Design company Marimekko has opened a pop-up at Selfridges department store in the heart of London in Oxford Street. The 124 square metre pop-up will be open for half a year and will focus on home and interior decoration products.  Designed to... Read more

Study favours Guggenheim in Helsinki

A new Guggenheim Museum in Helsinki would make a distinct contribution to Finland’s cultural landscape, according to a study commissioned by the City of Helsinki and undertaken by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The report proposes that a... Read more

Tue, 10 Jan, 2012:

Nokia introduces Lumia 900

In its bid to crack the US market, Nokia has teamed up with telecom giant AT&T to launch the Lumia 900 at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The first of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices with high-speed 4G LTE... Read more

Breakthrough for researchers into aging mechanisms

According to research carried out by the University of Helsinki, the energy metabolism is unexpectedly important in regulating stem cell function.  The research showed that aging-related tissue degeneration can be caused by mitochondrial... Read more

Mendor starts Baltic region cooperation

Diabetes technology company Mendor has made a distribution agreement in the Baltic region with the international health care company Mediq. The agreement covers distribution of Mendor’s products in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Mendor’s... Read more

Mon, 09 Jan, 2012:

Nokia expected to unveil Lumia 900 at CES

Nokia is expected to launch its new flagship Windows Phone, the Lumia 900, later today at the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow in Las Vegas. Specifications and pictures of the device also known as the Nokia Ace have leaked out ahead... Read more

Design makes Helsinki travel hot spot

Helsinki has ranked second in a New York Times listing of the 45 places to visit in 2012. Citing design, design and design, the newspaper says Helsinki is poised for the spotlight following its designation as the World Design Capital for 2012. ... Read more

Fri, 06 Jan, 2012:

Picosun helps create more efficient solar cells

Picosun says that along with scientific and industrial partners it has been able to increase the efficiency of solar cells and reduce the costs of their manufacturing. The Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) manufacturer has reported the final results... Read more

Chewing gum reduces ear infection risk in children

Using data from more than 3,000 Finnish children in day care, researchers in Canada say children who chew gum or take other products laden with natural sweetener xylitol, including lozenges or syrop, have a 25 per cent lower risk of developing... Read more

Thu, 05 Jan, 2012:

Ruukki win Swedish mail terminal contract

Rautaruukki has signed a contract worth about five million euros for delivery of a new mail terminal to be built in Hallsberg in central Sweden. The new building will total around 30,000 square metres. The building, which is scheduled for... Read more

Finnish architects to design stargazers hotel

Finnish architects have been chosen to design a hotel for researchers working at the international astronomy facility ALMA in Chile. The proposal by Helsinki-based Kouvo & Partanen Architects won an international competition. The hotel residence... Read more

Entrepreneurial brothers from Ylläsjärvi build snow village in Canada

Midway through January a snow village will open up in Montreal, Canada, the building work for which has been managed by the entrepreneurial brothers behind Ylläsjärvi’s Lainio snow village, Rami and Tomi Kurtakko. Snow Village is based on a... Read more

Wed, 04 Jan, 2012:

Gold and flying high

The 2011 news year is all wrapped up and there has been enough good news written to satisfy everyone.  The editors would like to remind you of these happy bits of news from the past year: – Angry Birds broke the bank Angry Birds gave a storm... Read more

Helsinki Airport to introduce book swap and art gallery

Helsinki Airport says it will soon begin implementing some of the ideas for making air travel more convenient suggested by its team of Quality Hunters. In October, Helsinki Airport and Finnair hired seven applicants to travel the world and come... Read more

Stora Enso signs 150 million euro loan deal

Stora Enso, the global packaging, paper and wood company, has signed an agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a 150 million euro loan to be used for its new container board machine investment project at Ostrołęka Mill in Poland.... Read more

Tue, 03 Jan, 2012:

Under the surface of Finnish design

The Finnish Design Unwrapped exhibition opening on Wednesday will feature the most exciting Finnish design of the moment portrayed through Jani Kaila’s photographs and selected design objects. The exhibition will mark the commencement of the... Read more

Angry Birds fight extinction

Angry Birds creator, Rovio Entertainment, has teamed up with Birdlife International to try to save the world’s most threatened birds from extinction. Rovio has launched a new Angry Birds website to educate fans about endangered species and how... Read more

Ramirent strengthens its presence in Sweden

Equipment rental group Ramirent has acquired Sweden-based TLM (Tannefors Lift- och Maskinuthyrning), a leading machine rental company in the Östergötland region. The acquisition strengthens Ramirent’s local offering and positioning among small... Read more

Mon, 02 Jan, 2012:

Kone wins Moscow business centre deal

Kone has won an order to supply 40 elevators and four escalators to the Kutuzovsky Business Centre in Moscow, Russia. The building, which is expected to open at the end of 2013, will house a shopping centre, restaurants and a sports centre on... Read more

Outotec makes acquisitions in the US and Australia

Outotec has announced two end-of-year deals, acquiring a supplier of renewable energy technologies in the United States and a furnace refractory demolition business in Australia. The global leader in minerals and metals processing technology ... Read more