September 1, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Blind love film, industry and childhood happiness

A cinematic shot of a face.
Teemu Nikki's and Juha Pösö's upcoming film depicts blindness.

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Finnish film, Boliden Harjavalta, Kalmar, Valmet and Finnish childhood happiness make headlines.

Boliden invests in its Finnish nickel operation, Kalmar and Valmet secure orders worldwide, Teemu Nikki’s upcoming experimental film is awarded, and Finland ranks second in the Good Childhood Report.

Boliden invests EUR 40 million in Harjavalta operation

An aerial image of Boliden Harjavalta nickel operation.

Swedish mining and smelting company Boliden is investing 40 million euros in the expansion of its nickel operation in Harjavalta, Finland. To be carried out mainly in 2021, the expansion will strengthen the productivity and competitiveness, as well as reduce the environmental impact, of the operation. The facility is the largest nickel smelter in the EU and well placed to meet growing demand for the metal from, among others, the automotive battery manufacturing sector.

Boliden Harjavalta / Facebook

Kalmar wins order for port expansion in Cambodia

Kalmar RTG crane.

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has agreed with Phnom Penh Autonomous Port (PPAP) in Cambodia to supply four Kalmar SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes to a container terminal at the port. The LM17 terminal already operates a fleet of Kalmar RTGs and reachstackers, and the new order will support the infrastructure expansion aimed at doubling its cargo handling capacity. Kalmar’s SmartPower RTGs are fuel efficient due to their small diesel engines and intelligent power management system.


Valmet secures orders in India and Ukraine

Valmet's people looking at a floor plan.

Valmet will deliver a new bleach plant, as well as provide a batch cooking extension and fibreline upgrade, to ITC’s Bhadrachalam pulp mill in India. The value of the order has not been disclosed, but an order of this scope is usually worth around 20–30 million euros. Valmet has also secured an order in Ukraine, where it will supply its IQ quality management system to the cardboard and paper mill of PJSC Kyiv in Kiev. The system will help to modernise the corrugated packaging plant of the mill.


Experimental Finnish film awarded in Norway

A closeup of the blind protagonist's face.

A Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic, an upcoming film directed by Teemu Nikki and produced by Jani Pösö from It’s Alive Films, has won the Eurimages Lab Project Award at New Nordic Films, the special industry section of the Norwegian International Film Festival. The film’s lead actor is Nikki’s friend, who became blind and paralysed from multiple sclerosis (MS). “The bold artistic approach that the director and producer propose takes us deep into the universe of a blind man who has to confront the world and dive into the unknown, in the name of love,” stated the jury. “Making a film about blindness could become a boring cinematic experience, but the film-makers are using this opportunity to make a film like never seen before.”

It's Alive Films

Finnish kids enjoy high levels of life satisfaction

Children walking in nature.

The Good Childhood Report has ranked Finland second in its annual assessment of children’s happiness, life satisfaction and psychological wellbeing in Europe. This follows similarly positive results for Finnish children from global indexes elsewhere. Read our full article by clicking the headline.

Jussi Hellsten / Visit Finland

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