Finnish firms deploy services worldwide
Finnish companies Nokia, KONE, Metso, Valmet and Vaisala have secured orders from around the world.
First to Nokia, which will have its G.fast solution deployed by Japanese telecommunications operator KDDI to deliver ultra-broadband services to customers in apartments and multi-dwelling units in Japan.
Nokia has also started a massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) pilot with Zain KSA in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. By using Nokia’s 5G-ready AirScale massive MIMO antenna for 4.9G calls, the Saudi-first pilot will improve network capacity and enable customers to enjoy extreme broadband applications, while paving the way for a wider roll-out.
Then on to KONE, which has won an order to equip the first phase of the Shanghai Metro Line 18 in China’s largest city. The 128 escalators ordered will be installed in 10 undergrounds stations between Danyang Road and South Changjiang Road.
KONE has also agreed to supply 16 lifts, three escalators and advanced people flow solutions to Generation Park Y, a high-rise building under construction in Warsaw, Poland.
Next up is Metso, which is increasing service availability for M&J waste recycling equipment in the UK, after signing a service partner agreement with Core Industrial Solutions, a company operating in England, Wales and Scotland.
Busy days ahead for Valmet and Vaisala
Valmet, in turn, will supply process and quality vision systems to Blue Paper SAS’ paper mill in Strasbourg, France. Meanwhile in Spain, the Finnish company is to replace the quality control system of a cartonboard machine at Papelera del Principado’s paper mill. Both orders are typically worth around one million euros.
Valmet has also signed a four-year service agreement with the US-based Celebrity Cruises for the Valmet DNA integrated automation systems on-board four Millennium-class cruise ships.
In the UK, the company will modernise the automation systems, as well as electrical and instrumentation infrastructure, of LondonEnergy’s waste water treatment plant located in North London.
Finally to Vaisala, which will provide the Australian Bureau of Meteorology with 13 of its next-generation automatic sounding systems. The order is the world’s largest single order for such systems, with installation set to take place over three years starting in March 2019. The agreement also includes radiosondes and other consumables, as well as an option for more systems.