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Mon, 30 Apr, 2012:

Valio brands awarded in Russia

Two Valio products were awarded for their effective marketing campaigns in the Brand of the Year in Russia competition in Moscow. Valio’s Viola processed cheese and butter were named among the best brands of the year. The evaluation criteria... Read more

Nine Finnish companies among Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winners

Nine Finnish companies have made it to the prestigious Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winners- list. Earlier this year the Red Herring team announced the finalists for the Award and that list included 23 companies from Finland. The Red Herring team... Read more

Metso delivers grinding mills to Brazil

Metso has won a contract to deliver 14 grinding mills to MMX mining company in Brazil. The value of the order has not been disclosed.  The mills will be assembled at the Serra Azul iron ore project, located in São Joaquim de Bicas, Brumadinho... Read more

Fri, 27 Apr, 2012:

Finnish computers among the cleanest of the clean

Finnish computers have the third lowest number of virus infections in the world according to Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report published on 25 April.   The report estimates that 7% of the world’s computers contain viruses while the... Read more

Fortum joins Bettercoal initiative

Finnish energy company Fortum has joined the Bettercoal initiative, an independent, non-profit organisation promoting improvements in coal mining. The initiative was set up by DONG Energy, EDF, Enel, E.On, GDF SUEZ, RWE and Vattenfall. Fortum is... Read more

AudioDraft launches online store for exclusive audio tracks

The Finnish music service company AudioDraft has launched an online store for exclusive audio tracks. The company’s concept differs from Apple’s iTunes that each track is sold only once, making it attractive online store for audio branding,... Read more

Thu, 26 Apr, 2012:

Sochi Olympics ice-hockey to be played in Finnish rinks

Raita Sport, a Finnish company based in Western Finland, has won a contract to supply ice-hockey rinks for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. In addition to four rinks, Raita Sport will deliver other equipment for the ice arenas together with its... Read more

Konecranes picks up Baku shipyard deal

Konecranes has announced details of an order for cranes for a shipyard being built in Baku, Azerbaijan. The order was placed by Baku Shipyard, a joint venture company formed by State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR), Keppel Offshore... Read more

Finland suggests visa-free train travel to Russia

Finland is suggesting visa-free train travel between Finland to Russia. The Finnish Economic Affairs Minister Jyri Häkämies has come out in favour of visa-free travel between Finland and Russia, including on the high-speed Allegro rail service.... Read more

Wed, 25 Apr, 2012:

Award-winning wood composite innovation revolutionises casting

The WOODCAST material developed by Onbone Oy was granted the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland’s Innovation Award on 23 April in Helsinki. According to the Chemical Industry Federation of Finland, this wood composite is one of the most... Read more

YIT to slash carbon dioxide emissions

YIT has commited itself to cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, which is twice the emission-cutting goal set by the EU. The Finnish construction and real estate company says the reduction of emissions supports... Read more

Fortum biggest Finnish company in Forbes Global 2000 list

Forbes has published its annual rankings of the world’s biggest companies on its Forbes Global 2000 list. Finnish energy company Fortum is ranked as number 432, insurance group Sampo as number 503, and Nokia, the mobile phone company, as number... Read more

Tue, 24 Apr, 2012:

Outotec wins Iranian iron ore pellets deal

Outotec has been selected by Gol-E-Gohar Mining & Industrial Co. to design and provide technology for an iron ore pelletizing plant located in the Kerman province of Iran. The plant's annual capacity is approximately five million tonnes of iron... Read more

Nokia aims to start production in Vietnam next year

Nokia has officially kicked-off development of its manufacturing facility in Bac Ninh province, Vietnam. The mobile phone company expects to start the operations of this factory in early 2013. In November, 2011, Nokia established a new company,... Read more

Mon, 23 Apr, 2012:

Finnair and TAP Portugal started code-sharing

Finnair and TAP Portugal have started code-share cooperation on flights between Portugal and Finland. The cooperation started on April 20, and customers have been able to make reservations on code-shared flights since then.  TAP started direct... Read more

Iron Sky reaches for the moon at Brussels film festival

The space-Nazi science fiction comedy Iron Sky, which opened in theatres during Easter week in Finland, Germany and Norway, has been awarded the Silver Méliès and the audience prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. The news... Read more

Two new Marimekko stores open in Sweden

Marimekko has announced the opening of two new stores in the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg. In Stockholm, a gallery-type store opened its doors last week in the creative SoFo area. This store represents a special kind of Marimekko... Read more

Fri, 20 Apr, 2012:

Linux creator one of two Millennium Prize laureates

Linus Torvalds , best known for developing an open source operating system, and Professor Shinya Yamanaka, a pioneer in stem cell research from Japan, have been named laureates of the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize. The announcement was made... Read more

Intelligent exercise at Oulu Airport

A unique gym has started up at Oulu Airport. The aim of the intelligent exercise environment, created for testing purposes, is to offer passengers the opportunity to gain the health benefits of exercise while travelling and to mitigate the... Read more

Honkarakenne opens a sales office in Romania

Honkarakenne Group, the world-leading log house manufacturer, has expanded its sales network to Romania by opening a sales office in the country. The company has already 30 sales offices around the world. In Romania, Honka will be represented by... Read more

Startup Sauna welcomes 20 new teams

The spring programme of Startup Sauna, the Finnish scheme to help promote promising young companies, kicks off on April 23. Of the 20 teams participating, eight are from Finland, three from Russia, two each from China, Poland and Lithuania and... Read more

Thu, 19 Apr, 2012:

Russian heating markets open to Finnish companies

According to a market analysis by the innovation network FinNode, the developments taking place in the Russian heating markets open up new doors for Finnish businesses. The revamping of heat facilities located in conjunction with industrial... Read more

Fortum and Nissan deliver home charging packages for electric cars

Fortum and Nissan LEAF have joined forces in Estonia, where they have created a home charging package for owners of the 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF. The company started its car sales in Estonia in April. With the complete package, the... Read more

VTT helps India measure emissions

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has started a project focusing on the development of emission measurement in India. Reliable measurement plays a key role in identifying and reducing emissions. In India only few plants own continuous... Read more

Wed, 18 Apr, 2012:

Beneq gets EUR 25 million capital injection from RUSNANO

Russian RUSNANO has invested EUR 25 million in Beneq, the Finnish pioneer and world-leader in industrial production and laboratory equipment for nano-scale thin films and functional coatings. The investment is a combination of capital injection... Read more

Greenlux lights up IKEA stores

Greenlux Finland has started delivering energy-efficient LED lights for general lighting to Swedish furniture giant IKEA. The Finnish lightning design company and producer of LED fixtures, will help IKEA meet its sustainability goals. IKEA has... Read more

Tue, 17 Apr, 2012:

Finland lends a hand in modernising Chinese paper industry

The export organisation Finpro and the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries are bringing together Finnish paper and pulp know-how to access the Chinese markets. — The Chinese Paper Association has suggested that we assemble Finnish paper... Read more

Three Finnish websites competing for prestigious Webby Awards

The websites of three Finnish companies are competing for the prestigious Webby Awards which is regarded web industries ‘Oscars’. The winners will be announced in May. The Webby Award is the leading international award honouring excellence on... Read more

UPM launches green food wrappings range

UPM has launched a new ecological paper range designed for both dry and greasy foodstuffs. The company says the barrier properties of its UPM SwanBarrier papers, such as water vapour barrier and medium grease resistance, have been achieved... Read more

Mon, 16 Apr, 2012:

VTT brings Augmented Reality to urban and construction planning

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an Augmented Reality application for urban and construction planning. By combining positioning software and Augmented Reality, office and residential buildings can be placed in their actual... Read more

Russia tackles greenhouse gas emissions with Fortum technology

Russia is going to use Fortum’s technology to tackle its greenhouse gas emissions. The Russian Ministry for Economic Development has approved three Fortum's power plant units as joint implementation projects. The new units which have a total... Read more

Lemminkäinen paves the way in Scandinavia

Lemminkäinen has won 81 million euros worth of this year’s paving contracts from the Norwegian state and 11.5 million euros worth of paving contracts in Sweden from the local traffic authority, Trafikverket. The order from Norway amounts to 29... Read more

Fri, 13 Apr, 2012:

ABB Finland to maintain propulsion systems for cruise liners

ABB has signed a 15-year service contract with Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise-ship operator. The contract covers regular maintenance and upgrading on all Carnival ships equipped with the Azipod propulsion system. Twenty of... Read more

Metso announces Indian deals

Metso says it will supply mineral processing equipment for Abhijeet Group’s new iron ore plant in the Saraikela district of Jharkhand in Eastern India. The value of the complete plant is about 15 million euros. The plant, which is scheduled for... Read more

WOT Services wins award in USA for its safe surfing tool

WOT Services has won an award in the USA for its community-powered safe surfing tool Web of Trust (WOT). The surfing tool has been selected as the About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Award for Best Privacy and Security Add-on. The Finnish company has... Read more

Thu, 12 Apr, 2012:

Malaysian development project to use KONE lifts and escalators

Kone will deliver 37 lifts and 72 escalators for the Hatten City development project currently underway in Malacca on Malaysia’s west coast. Kone’s solutions will be used in a five-storey shopping centre and in two 170-metre-high apartment... Read more

Fazer Angry Birds sweets on sale from May

Fazer Angry Birds wine gums go on sale next month. The confectionery will be launched initially in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the Baltic States, Poland and the Czech Republic. The flavours and shapes of the new wine gums have been designed to... Read more

Outotec signs a deal with Grupo Mexico

Outotec and Grupo Mexico have signed a contract for the delivery of process technology to Buenavista del Cobre's new second copper concentrator in Mexico. The value of the deal is nearly EUR 28 million. The Buenavista del Cobre, formerly known... Read more

Wed, 11 Apr, 2012:

Ruukki holds contest to design noise barriers

Ruukki is holding a competition for architects, designers, construction professionals and students to design barriers which reduce noise pollution from traffic.   The aim of the competition is to gather ideas for the manufacture, installation,... Read more

Finland ranks high in Global Information Technology Report

Finland ranks high on the World Economic Forums and INSEAD’s report which assess the impact of ICT on the competitiveness and well-being of the nation. Finland was ranked as number three on the 11th edition of the report titled The Global... Read more

Pauli Kopu makes list of promising producers

Pauli Kopu , founder of the vide o agency KLOK, has earned a place on the Producers to Watch list, which recognises young, up-and-coming producers. The list was announced on 4 April at the notable entertainment sector event MIPTV in Cannes,... Read more

Tue, 10 Apr, 2012:

Codenomicon in pivotal role in NATO Cyber Security Exercise

Software security provider Codenomicon’s Situation Awareness tools played a pivotal role in the NATO-coordinated international Locked Shields cyber security exercise. Finland took part in the two-day exercise, organised in Tallinn, Estonia at... Read more

Finnish companies invade Red Herring’s Europe Award shortlist

The Red Herring editorial team has selected finalists for the 2012 Red Herring 100 Europe Award. The short list includes 23 Finnish technology companies from gaming and medical industries, environmental sector as well as software and application... Read more

Neste Oil joins aviation biofuels group 

Neste Oil has joined the Aviation Initiative for Renewable Energy in Germany (aireg) which promotes the development and use of renewable liquid fuels in aviation. The goal of the organisation is to contribute to achieving aviation's carbon... Read more

Fri, 06 Apr, 2012:

Happy Easter!

Good News from Finland is enjoying an Easter break between 6th and 9th of April. Fresh news on Tuesday 10th of April 2012. Read more

Thu, 05 Apr, 2012:

Sales of Icepeak brand over EUR 100 million first time

Sales of L-Fashion Group’s sports clothing grew rapidly abroad, especially in Germany and Russia. Sales of the company’s biggest brand, Icepeak, grew first time over EUR 100 million in its main markets. According to Kauppalehti, the Finnish... Read more

Finland second in global happiness ranking

There is plenty to smile about in Finland this week. According to the World Happiness Report, Finland is the second happiest country in the world behind Denmark and ahead of Norway, the Netherlands and Canada. The least happy countries are all... Read more

Wed, 04 Apr, 2012:

Dream Broker leaps into global markets

Espoo-based Dream Broker, specialised in online tutorial video software, will open up offices in Sweden, Denmark, Holland and Belgium by the end of 2013. Dream Broker develops various types of tutorial videos for businesses. Among the company’s... Read more

Helsinki draws international attention for underground construction

Helsinki has become an international destination for those who are interested in underground construction. Helsinki already has more than 400 premises, including shopping malls and sports halls, and over 200 km of tunnels built underground. The... Read more

Cargotec wins large Australian order

Cargotec has received an order to supply 22 Kalmar ESC 350W straddle carriers to Australia's leading container handling operator Patrick container terminals. The value of the order has not been disclosed. Twelve of the straddle carriers will be... Read more

Tue, 03 Apr, 2012:

ABB receives order from South Africa

Electric power company ABB has received an order to the tune of 10 million euros (USD 14 million) from Sappi, a South African forest industry company. The order encompasses electricity and instrumentation systems as well as automation required... Read more

Angry Birds TV series to premiere this autumn

Rovio Mobile is bringing Angry Birds to TV. Rovio’s head of animation Nick Dorra has confirmed that the Finnish company is launching cartoon series of Angry Birds this autumn. The company is launching a series of 52 shortform animations for its... Read more

Finnair ranked again as a best Nordic airline

Skytrax, the international airline survey company, has renewed Finnair’s four-star rating on the grounds of the audit report conducted as part of the World Airline Star Rating programme. The rating is based on an impartial and thorough... Read more

New UPM terminal opens in Argentina

UPM Raflatac, part of UPM’s Engineered Materials business group, has opened a new slitting and distribution terminal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The terminal began operations in early March and will supply both paper and film label stocks to... Read more

Mon, 02 Apr, 2012:

National biogas network to be built in Finland

The equity investment company Taaleritehdas is commissioning the construction of Finland’s first national network of biogas facilities. Over the course of the next two years, 5–7 biogas facilities will be built, hopefully providing a solution... Read more

Pohjola Bank and Bank of China intensify cooperation

Pohjola Bank is intensifying its cooperation with Bank of China which is the second largest bank in China. It is the most international full-service commercial bank in China, with a total of some 11,000 branch offices. The two parties aim to... Read more

Raisio buys Polish pasta maker

Finnish food group Raisio has bought Sulma, one of the largest pasta and buckwheat producers in Poland for 2.4 million euros.  With the acquisition, Raisio gains a foothold in the Polish pasta market which is worth 190 million euros years a... Read more