July 1, 2019
The daily brief: 1 July 2019
Mia Tervo's debut feature film, Aurora, has been awarded at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Nixu, Wärtsilä, Valmet, Finnish film Aurora and education concept Me & MyCity make headlines.
EduTAT is exporting Finnish education concept Me & MyCity to China, Nixu has won a new cybersecurity contract, Aurora wins prestigious film award in Edinburgh, Wärtsilä will supply important energy infrastructure in Cambodia, and Valmet’s technology will clean up container vessels in China.
Finnish learning module Me & MyCity will be launched in Beijing, China, in early July by EduTAT. Based on the concept Yrityskylä, Me & MyCity teaches fundamental economy, entrepreneurial and working life skills to primary school pupils. The module culminates in a Me & MyCity day, where the pupils work for a day at real companies and manage their own small societies. In Beijing, the activities will be run by local company EE City and customised according to the local society and education system. Finnish companies Nokia and UPM will participate in Me & MyCity in the Chinese capital, allowing the pupils to experiment with the papermaking process and 5G technology in miniature versions of the companies.
Finnish cybersecurity firm Nixu has signed an extended agreement with a globally operating industrial client for a wide range of cybersecurity services. The deal will be worth around 2.1 million euros in total for Nixu by the end of 2020 and is meant to bolster the client’s cyber defences against attacks in both factory and IT environments.
Finnish director Mia Tervo’s comedy-drama Aurora has won the award for Best International Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). The film takes place in Finnish Lapland where commitment-phobic party animal Aurora meets Iranian Darian, who asks her to marry him after a night out to get an asylum for himself and his young daughter. The film has already become one of the biggest Finnish hits of the festival season, premiering at the Göteborg Film Festival in Sweden and receiving screenings at South by Southwest in Texas, the US, and at Oslo Pix in Norway. It was also awarded by the youth jury at the Festival de Cabourg in France in June.
Finnish technology company Wärtsilä will supply a 200-megawatt flexible-baseload power plant to Cambodia to help meet the country’s growing electricity demand. The order was placed by CGGC-UN Power Co, the Chinese state-owned main contractor for the power plant project undertaken on behalf of Cambodia’s state-owned utility Electricite du Cambodge. The plant will be built on a fast-track basis due to the urgent need to increase energy supply and will be located near the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. It will operate on Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines, with a plan to eventually integrate renewable energies, particularly solar power, into the system.
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Valmet will supply exhaust gas cleaning systems, also called scrubber systems, to 10 container vessels owned by COSCO SHIPPING Lines in China. The project is being executed in co-operation with Health Lead Development. The value of the order has not been disclosed.