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Tue, 31 Jul, 2012:

Businessmen’s pride and joy evolves into an everyday product

The mobile age began with the Nokia Mobira Cityman 900. When this novelty appeared on the markets in 1987, quite a few businessmen exchanged their 4.5-kilogram car phones for the less-than-800-gram Cityman, which they were proud to show off on... Read more

Top Finnish chef expanding his restaurants to Stockholm

A top Finnish chef and a judge in Master Chef programme, Tomi Björck, is expanding his restaurant operations to Sweden. Björck and his business partner Matti Wikberg own in Helsinki a top-class Asian restaurant Farang. In an interview with... Read more

Jolla to revive Nokia’s MeeGo

Finnish startup Jolla is hoping to release a smartphone, which runs on Nokia’s abandoned MeeGo operating system, before the end of the year. The company is in talks with hardware manufacturers and has already signed deals with several partners.... Read more

Mon, 30 Jul, 2012:

Viola – a big cheese in Russia

Few Finns know that Valio’s Viola processed cheese was the first foreign cheese on the Soviet markets. Viola made its debut on the shelves of Soviet shops in 1956, just three years after Josif Stalin’s death. During the subsequent 56 years Viola... Read more

Kone delivering elevators to London ‘s financial district

Kone is delivering 31 eco-efficient elevators to 5 Broadgate, a new office building under construction in City of London, the main financial district of London. The new building is going to be completed at the end of 2014. The office building is... Read more

Moody’s outlook earns Finland acclaim

When credit ratings agency Moody’s left Finland as the only eurozone country with a stable triple-A credit rating last week, commentators went into overdrive to try and explain the country’s financial stability. Finland escaped a negative... Read more

Fri, 27 Jul, 2012:

The shaping of a classic

The simple and functional Aalto stool (stool 60) was first introduced almost 80 years ago in 1933. The product, the brainchild of Alvar Aalto, has been deemed the quintessence of functionalist furniture design and around 8 million of them have... Read more

Stonesoft launches free Evader against cyber attacks

Security firm Stonesoft has released a new defence system and testing tool against cyber attacks. The company has released Evader, the world's first software-based testing tool that enables companies and governments to test their network... Read more

Researchers locate Northern Lights sounds

For the first time, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have located where the sounds associated with the northern lights or Aurora Borealis are created. The auroral sounds which have been described in folktales and by wilderness... Read more

Thu, 26 Jul, 2012:

The Jopo bicycle keeps on rolling

— Finland’s and perhaps the world’s most modern bicycle, declared the 1965 advertisement for vehicle manufacturer Helkama’s new bicycle model, built for the Everyman. 28,000 suggestions were sent in for the bicycle naming competition. Its name... Read more

Mind Spa aiming to challenge Coca-Cola

Mind Spa, a well-being drinks manufacturer, is thinking big. The company is planning to launch to the international markets and challenge Coca-Cola’s dominance in vitamin waters. The company is launching its own Acti Water vitamin water this... Read more

Finnish startup simplifies smartphones

If you find smartphones confusing to use, a Finnish startup may have the solution. Oulu-based Simplofon believes it has developed an easy-to-use interface. Research shows that most smartphone owners use their device for phone calls, text... Read more

Wed, 25 Jul, 2012:

Trusted heaters for cold climates

Ensto, specialising in electrical systems, began manufacturing electric heaters in the 1980s. The company’s heaters keep the cold at bay, not only in Finland, but in many other countries with freezing cold winters. — In addition to Finland the... Read more

Valmet Automotive to produce Mercedes A-Class

Valmet Automotive is to begin manufacturing Mercedes Benz A-Class cars at its plant in the western coastal town of Uusikaupunki in Finland. The company is starting work on the project immediately and expects to finalise the contract during the... Read more

Finnish energy efficiency project piloting in Egypt

Finnish energy companies and Egyptian companies are starting a joint energy efficiency pilot project in Smart Villages technology park in Egypt. The companies involved in the project are Nour Consult from Egypt and Valtavalo, Finnenergia and... Read more

Tue, 24 Jul, 2012:

Unikko – not a logo, but definitely an icon

It might be faster to list the products that do not bear the Unikko (Poppy) pattern, Marimekko’s signature print, than to list the products bearing the design. The clear, graphical flower pattern has graced not just clothes and interior... Read more

Konecranes delivers to Turkey and Togo

Konecranes has won an order for eight fully-electric Rubber Tired Gantry cranes for EVYAP Port in Istanbul. These will be the first Konecranes RTGs in Turkey powered by a Busbar system, which converts the cranes to fully electric operation.... Read more

Marimekko gets boost from Elton John and Hillary Clinton

Marimekko, the Finnish design house, has got boost from its famous fans. According to MTV3, the world famous pop-singer Elton John was recently spotted in France wearing Marimekko converses. Also the newly appointed Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, has... Read more

Mon, 23 Jul, 2012:

Empress of Japan among owners of Aarikka’s Ram

Aarikka’s decorative Rams, called Pässi in Finnish, got their start in 1973 when Kaija Aarikka, the founder of the company and an animal lover, spotted a box full of pine beads in the carpentry workshop. Today, Aarikka’s Rams not only adorn many... Read more

Gesture controlled Angry Birds comes to Samsung Smart TV

Samsung, the global mobile manufacturer, has unveiled a new flagship smart 3D television. The company boasts plenty of on-board features such as a gesture-controlled version of Angry Birds. Since its launch in November 2009, Angry Birds has been... Read more

Wärtsilä supplies gas power plant to Azerbaijan

Wärtsilä has won the contract to supply a 384 MW gas power plant to Azerbaijan. In terms of output, this is the largest single power plant order that Wärtsilä has ever received. When completed, the BoyukShor power plant located close to the... Read more

Fri, 20 Jul, 2012:

Lumene’s wrinkle-free ride to the USA

Although cosmetics company Lumene is best known in Finland for its lipsticks and powders, it has gained a strong foothold in the USA thanks to its anti-wrinkle cream. In addition to the United States, the cloudberry-containing Vitamin C+ cream... Read more

Student’s robot wins a second place in World Championships

A field robot RoseRunner, built by students of Aalto University and University of Helsinki, have won a second place in the field robots World Championship contest. The RoseRunner took part in Field Robot Event 2012 in Venlo, in Netherlands, in... Read more

Online opera premieres in Savonlinna

The world’s first opera produced by an online community is set to premiere on Saturday in Savonlinna. Hundreds of people all over the world have participated in making the opera Free Will which will be streamed live at 7pm. Opera By You online... Read more

Thu, 19 Jul, 2012:

Finlayson’s competitive edge lies in its charming characters

Chubby, good-natured characters, Moomins and elephants, have been an integral part of textile company Finlayson’s products since the 1960s. Laina Koskela designed the Elephant (Elefantti) print in 1969 and last spring its production was... Read more

Nokian Tyres plans a new factory in Europe

Tyre maker Nokian Tyres is planning to open a new factory in Europe and is negotiating with two countries including Serbia, daily Helsingin Sanomat reported, citing the company's CEO Kim Gran. In the beginning of this year, Nokian Tyres... Read more

Outotec acquires TME Group

Minerals and metals processing technology company Outotec has signed a deal to acquire the business of Australian-owned TME Group. TME is a mining services company, headquartered in Western Australia, with offices throughout Australia and in... Read more

Wed, 18 Jul, 2012:

Leather trousers – code name for a classic

”Eskimoerindens skinnbuxa” (Eskimo woman’s leather trousers) was the Swedish code name that designer Alvar Aalto gave the 1936 drawings he sent to a competition looking for entries for the Paris World’s Fair. The entry consisted of vases and... Read more

First Angry Birds shop opens in China

Rovio has opened an Angry Birds brand store in Shanghai, in China. It is the first shop outside its home base in Finland. The store in Xujiahui area, which sells licensed apparel and iPhone cases, is the first of 25 such outlets scheduled to... Read more

US military chooses Cargotec forklift trucks

The United States Department of Defense has placed a 50 million euro contract with Cargotec for its light capability rough terrain forklift (LCRTF) trucks.   The order’s been booked through Cargotec's Kalmar Rough Terrain Center (KRTC) in... Read more

Tue, 17 Jul, 2012:

Geisha creator inspired by Olympics

In Finland the name of confectionery company Fazer conjures up images of Fazer Blue milk chocolate. According to the company, however, one of its most popular international brands is its Geisha chocolate, launched on the markets in 1962 and sold... Read more

Kone delivers eco-efficient elevators to Bangkok

Kone is delivering 32 eco-efficient elevators to a new residential high-rise development Noble Ploenchit in Bangkok, Thailand. Kone’s solutions will be delivered to four buildings - three towers with luxury condominiums and one office building.... Read more

Fortum cuts nitrogen oxides emissions in Estonia

Fortum is supplying nitrogen oxides reduction technology to Eesti Energia, Estonia’s biggest energy company. The delivery comprises nitrogen oxides reduction installations for four units at the Narva Power Plants and for a total of eight power... Read more

Mon, 16 Jul, 2012:

Fiskars – a cut above the rest

Open a kitchen or office drawer in any Finnish home and you will most probably find a pair of orange-handled Fiskars scissors. The tried and trusted implement has also established its position in several other countries, with more than a billion... Read more

Finnair still the Nordics’ highest flier

Finnair has been named Northern Europe’s Best Airline for the third time running. The award was presented to the airline in connection with the Farnborough International Airshow in England. The decision was based on a glob al customer... Read more

Pelago bicycles wins a start-up competition in Germany

Pelago, Helsinki based bicycle company, has won an ISPO BRANDNEW award in Germany. ISPO BRANDNEW is the world’s largest start-up competition in the sporting goods industry. The awards are focused on innovative products and the brands behind... Read more

Pets keep babies healthier

It seems that dogs really are man’s best friend, according to a new study from Finland. A team of researchers from Kuopio University Hospital followed 397 children through the first year of their lives and found those who live with pets had... Read more

Fri, 13 Jul, 2012:

YIT and RWE join forces in energy supply contracting

YIT Germany and RWE Energiedienstleistungen have signed a strategic collaboration agreement. According to a YIT press release, partnership will allow two companies to respond promptly and comprehensively to technically demanding customer queries... Read more

Phone app navigates indoors

Finnish researchers say a smartphone app using magnetic fluctuations to map indoor locations can guide users where global positioning systems cannot penetrate. Developed by IndoorAtlas, a spin-off from the University of Oulu, the app makes use... Read more

Thu, 12 Jul, 2012:

Identoi sells meter installation service to German company

Software solution provider Identoi Ltd and German meter reading company Minol Messtechnik GmbH have concluded a deal according to which Identoi will supply Minol with a mobile software solution that facilitates meter installation. The software... Read more

Amazing Alex arrives on Android and iOS

Amazing Alex, Rovio’s follow-up to its popular Angry Birds franchise, launches today from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. More platforms carrying the game will be announced soon. Amazing Alex centres on a curious young boy known as... Read more

Sanoma strengthens its position in Belgium

Sanoma Media Belgium, the Belgian division of the Sanoma Group, has acquired communication agency HeadOffice in Belgium. HeadOffice is a relationship marketing agency that is specialized in online direct marketing, customer magazines, brand... Read more

Wed, 11 Jul, 2012:

ZenRobotics to deliver solar-powered recycler robot to Belgium

ZenRobotics, a recycling company utilising artificial intelligence, will supply the Belgian company Container Maes with the world’s first solar-powered robotic recycling system. The transaction is valued at more than a million euros. The system... Read more

Nokia keeps its top place on Amazon best sellers list

Amazon US customers have given thumbs up for Nokia Lumia 900. The Finnish website itviikko.fi reports that Amazon customers in the USA rate Nokia Lumia 900 best subsidised handset. Amazon US is offering the Nokia’s smartphone for sale at $0.01... Read more

Outotec wins Iranian projects

Outotec has won orders worth a total of 265 million euros for technology deliveries to National Iranian Copper Industries Company's (NICICO) copper and molybdenum projects in Iran. Outotec will deliver technology and services to NICICO's Khatoon... Read more

Tue, 10 Jul, 2012:

Helsinki is still one of the most liveable cities

The British magazine Monocle has chosen Helsinki as the second most liveable city in the world. Last year Helsinki made the top spot, but this year was ousted by Zurich, Switzerland. According to Monocle’s latest assessment, Helsinki is a... Read more

China Navigation places new order with Cargotec

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) has ordered 16 more electrically driven MacGregor cranes from Cargotec.  Four vessels are being built for China Navigation at Chengxi Shipyard in China and they are scheduled for delivery in 2013 and 2014.... Read more

Playmysong music jukebox becomes a Spotify application

Playmysong which is a crowdsourced music DJ’ing service has become a Spotify application. Playmysong mobile application allows users to remotely control the songs being played on a venue’s stereo system, while also simultaneously checking in to... Read more

Mon, 09 Jul, 2012:

Ecomp helps tidy up Dubai with waste compactors

The city of Dubai has taken into use Ecomp’s underground waste compactors. Ecomp’s SIRLIFT system stores the waste compactors underground in a cool space and out of reach of animals. This frees up space above ground for other uses. One system... Read more

Finland's practical approach to design applauded

Finland’s practical approach to design has been applauded by foreign media. Helsinki is this year a World Design Capital, and the city as a design destination has been featured most recently by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and British... Read more

Wärtsilä supplies power plant to Indonesia

Wärtsilä has won an order to supply a combustion gas engine baseload power plant to Indonesia. The PLTMG Duri plant is to be located in Indonesia’s Riau province, and when operational, it will supply 113 MW of electricity to the regional grid.... Read more

Fri, 06 Jul, 2012:

VTT technology reduces energy consumption of data centres

Over the past two and a half years, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been involved in a project that seeks solutions for saving energy in data centres. The EU project, called FIT4Green, designed and implemented an energy-aware... Read more

Joy at work set to rise

Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, has launched a programme aimed to making Finland’s workplaces the best in Europe by 2020. The vision for the Liideri - Business, Productivity and Work Enjoyment programme – are... Read more

YIT launches IKEA store construction in Lithuania

YIT Kausta, Lithuanian subsidiary of YIT Construction, has started construction of the IKEA store in Vilnius, Lithuania. The value of the contract is over 15 million Euros and the project is scheduled to be completed in the summer 2013. — For... Read more

Thu, 05 Jul, 2012:

Atostek and CERN join forces in particle research

The Tampere-based company Atostek, which offers expert services in software and information technology, has embarked on a major co-operation project with the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN. The collaboration is part of... Read more

Kone wins a major order from Shanghai

Kone has won a major order from The Hub in Shanghai. The global elevator and escalator company is delivering 67 eco-efficient elevators and 82 escalators to The Hub, which is an area designed to be a new landmark as well as a business and... Read more

Researchers improve cell function analysis

Researchers in Finland and Germany have developed an open-source software which will make it easier to process bio imaging data. The software, named BioImageXD, will help in analysing cell and tissue functions. Among other things, the BioImageXD... Read more

Wed, 04 Jul, 2012:

Konecranes receives an order from Norway

Konecranes has received an order for a Goliath gantry crane from Kvaerner in Norway. The crane will be in operation at Kvaerner’s facilities at Stord on November 2013. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the order. A Konecranes... Read more

Cargotec delivers forklift trucks to Brazil

Cargotec has secured an order from one of Brazil's leading logistics operations to deliver 13 Kalmar forklift trucks. Purchased by Vix Logistica, the nine DCF300 and four DCF420 models are scheduled for delivery in September. The order follows a... Read more

Tue, 03 Jul, 2012:

Major open knowledge event hits Finland

The international Open Knowledge Festival will be organised in Helsinki from 17 to 22 September. Hundreds of experts in the field from around the world are expected to take part. The key organisers of the collaboratively planned festival are the... Read more

Metso sells the world's biggest mobile crushing plant to Kazakhstan

Metso will supply world's biggest fully mobile, track-mounted crushing plant to Altay Polimetally LLP copper mine in Kazakhstan. The contract also includes large mobile feeding and conveying systems to move the crushed copper ore for further... Read more

Ruukki Express chain expands in Sweden

Ruukki is expanding its Ruukki Express chain for professional roofers and builders through the acquisition of Plåtleverantören i Stockholm which has activities in Stockholm and Södertalje, Sweden. The acquisition aims to improve the availability... Read more

Mon, 02 Jul, 2012:

Sanoma buys exams company from Netherlands

Sanoma Learning’s educational publisher Malmberg has acquired a Dutch testing and examination company Bureau ICE. The purchased company produces, tests and exams for secondary and vocational education in the Netherlands. It employs some 46... Read more

Finn stands tall on Seven Summits

Atte Miettinen has made Finnish mountaineering history by becoming the first Finn to complete the Seven Summits challenge. With the conquest of North America’s highest mountain, Denali, Miettinen joins a select group of mountaineers who have... Read more