Animated characters Best and Bester transformed into fire and fireworks
 Gigglebug Entertainment’s Best & Bester series will receive a good international showing upon its release next year. Image: Gigglebug Entertainment

DAILY BRIEF: Animation, bioeconomy, digitalisation, healthtech, mining and quantum computing

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Gigglebug Entertainment, VTT, Vincit, Nexstim, Metso Outotec and quantum computing make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

03.02.2021

VTT takes the lead in a European bioeconomy project, Vincit provides digitalisation services in the US, Nexstim and Metso Outotec win orders, Gigglebug Entertainment’s Best & Bester series gets a new international distributor, and Finland leads the way in quantum computing. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

VTT helps to build bio-based ecosystem in EU

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a new EU-funded project to replace petroleum-based goods with bio-based products in the packaging, automotive and other consumer goods industries. The INN-PRESSME project has received 14.5 million euros in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and forms a partnership between VTT and 26 other organisations from nine European countries. Its goal is to create a Europe-wide ecosystem to bring bio- and circular economy solutions faster to market by leveraging an open innovation principle, and offering research and pilot services for enterprises of different sizes. VTT’s Bioruukki Pilot Centre is also available for the project. Image: Unsplash

Vincit California signs EUR 1 million contract extension

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Finnish digital transformation company Vincit’s US-based team, Vincit California, has signed a significant contract extension with a client. The one-year, roughly one million-euro contract covers software development services for the client specialised in data analytics and cybersecurity. Vincit expanded to the US in 2016. Image: Vincit

Nexstim delivers NBS system to German hospital

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A university hospital in Germany has ordered a Nexstim navigated brain stimulation (NBS) system with NexSpeech. The hospital is a new client of the Finnish medical technology company and will use the device for neuroscientific research and diagnostics. Nexstim’s NBS system can be used for non-invasive pre-surgical mapping of the brain’s speech and motor cortices and to determine the location of a tumour or other lesion. Image: Nexstim

Metso Outotec wins order in China

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Metso Outotec has signed a contract with Beijing Shougang International Engineering Technology (BSIET) for the delivery of an iron ore pelletising plant to be built in Southwest China. At the core of the plant will be Metso Outotec’s travelling grate pellet induration furnace, which has a grate area of 432 square metres. This is Metso Outotec’s second pelletising plant order in China in the past six months. The plant is expected to become operational by mid-2022. Image: Metso Outotec

Gigglebug’s Best & Bester gets Nelvana on board

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Gigglebug Entertainment’s new animated series Best & Bester has landed Canadian production company Nelvana as a co-producer and distribution partner. Created by Gigglebug’s Joonas Utti and Anttu Harlin, the series already has London-based Eye Present on board and was pre-sold to Nickelodeon International last year. Nelvana will be responsible for the international distribution of the series outside the UK and Nordics, where Eye Present and Gigglebug will be in charge. Best and Bester are two buddies who can transform into anything but are finding out that deciding what the best thing is can be pretty tricky. Image: Gigglebug Entertainment

Finland makes advances in quantum computing

An illustration of IQM's quantum computers

Finland is emerging as a top quantum computing hub with numerous innovations and projects afoot to push the next-generation technology from the lab to the real world. The Greater Helsinki area was chosen as the world’s most innovative ecosystem at the first-ever InnoVision Ecosystems Awards in October 2020 thanks to its quantum computing credentials. Finnish researchers and companies such as IQM are also pushing the envelope, while the Finnish government is acquiring the country’s first quantum computer. Click the headline to read our article on this exciting development. Image: IQM

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