Professor Christina Salmivalli sitting on a chair
 Professor Christina Salmivalli’s antibullying research has been granted 2.5 million euros by the European Research Council. Image: University of Turku

DAILY BRIEF: Air humidifier donations to hospitals, connectivity, industry and research

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Allaway, KNL Networks, Kalmar and Finnish research make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Allaway donates air humidifiers to hospitals, KNL Networks connects ship crews with loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak, Kalmar supplies machinery in the Americas, and Finnish research is awarded in Europe. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Allaway donates air humidifiers to hospitals in Finland

Finnish company Allaway is donating air humidifiers to hospital districts around Finland. Its Ufox air humidifiers are sterile, hygienic and silent, and steam the indoor air to correct relative humidity, which the company says can help with dry cough, asthma, allergy and other symptoms that dry indoor air can cause. The air humidifiers will be donated to, among others, the Oulu and Turku university hospitals in North Ostrobothnia and Southwest Finland, as well as to the Jyväskylä and Mikkeli central hospitals in Central Finland and Southern Savonia, respectively. Image: Allaway

KNL Networks provides free connectivity to ship crews

Finland’s KNL Networks is offering free connectivity to ships where crew are stuck on due to the COVID-19 outbreak. KNL is opening a free-of-charge email service to all vessels that are equipped with its systems, so that crew members can contact their families and loved ones ashore. New systems can be installed on vessels also during the crisis, as the installation doesn’t require any additional service personnel on site. Image: Business Oulu

Finnish power electronics research wins innovation award

Aalto University professor Marko Hinkkanen’s research team has received a SEMIKRON Innovation Award, a 10 000-euro recognition for outstanding innovation in power electronics in Europe. Hinkkanen’s team has developed a control method for a magnetically levitated linear motor system that could be applied to, for example, ropeless multi-car elevator systems of the future. The team also includes visiting researcher Seppo Saarakkala, and PhD students Maksim Sokolov and Reza Hosseinzadeh. Image: Anni Hanén

Kalmar delivers terminal tractors in Panama and Mexico

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has received two orders from SSA Marine for a total 36 of Kalmar Ottawa T2 terminal tractors. A third of the tractors will be delivered to SSA Marine’s Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama and the remaining 24 to SSA Mexico in Colima, Mexico. SSA Marine has marine terminal and rail yard operations in over 250 strategic locations worldwide. Image: Kalmar

Ylä-Herttuala wins third consecutive ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Seppo Ylä-Herttuala from the University of Eastern Finland has received his third consecutive European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, becoming the first Finnish researcher to do so. The grant amounts to 2.5 million euros over a five-year period and is the largest personal research grant in Europe, making it highly sought after. Professor Ylä-Herttuala will use the funding for his research on addressing severe coronary artery disease and heart failure with novel biological bypass and gene therapy methods. Image: Twitter/AIV Institute

Finnish anti-bullying research granted EUR 2.5 million

Professor Christina Salmivalli has also received an approximately 2.5 million-euro Advanced Grant from the ERC for her research on persistent bullying. Developed at the University of Turku, Salmivalli’s KiVa anti-bullying programme is used in over 900 schools in Finland, as well as in other countries, and has proven to be very effective. The grant will allow Salmivalli to expand her research to the most persistent bullying cases and create new intervention models for them. Image: University of Turku

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