A cargo drone prototype taking off
 Dronamics is establishing a base for its cargo drones in Seinäjoki. Image: Dronamics

DAILY BRIEF: Cargo drones, education export, first aid, industry and COVID-19 research

All the Finnish business news that works: Seinäjoki, CCE Finland, 9 Lives, Konecranes, Wärtsilä, VTT and THL make headlines.

CCE Finland designs a new school in India, 9 Lives wins an emergency service contract in Denmark, a cargo drone base lands in Seinäjoki, Konecranes and Wärtsilä win new orders worldwide, and Finnish research efforts tackle COVID-19. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

CCE Finland to develop Finnish school in India

Smiling and waving school children in India

The Council for Creative Education Finland (CCE Finland) has started a collaboration with The Academy School (TAS) Pune to develop the Finnish School in Pune, India. CCE Finland will deliver its complete Finnish School Abroad package, which combines the physical and digital dimensions of the classroom and learning environments, including architecture, learning space design and educational technology, as well as provide teacher training. Image: Unsplash

9 Lives to start ambulance services in Denmark

An ambulance on the road

Finland’s largest private ambulance company, 9 Lives, will be responsible for first aid in the North Jutland region of Denmark. 9 Lives’ Danish subsidiary PreMed won a tendering process for two of the region’s districts that were previously served by Danish emergency services company Falck. Founded in 2018, PreMed supplies equipment to emergency services. 9 Lives acquired a majority stake in the company in 2020. Image: 9 Lives / Facebook

Seinäjoki Airport to host cargo drone base

A cargo drone at an airport runway

British-Hungarian company Dronamics is establishing a drone base in Finnish city Seinäjoki as part of its European cargo drone network. The plan is to start unmanned cargo flights from Seinäjoki Airport in 2022 with Dronamic’s Black Swan cargo drones, which are capable of carrying 350 kilos and have a range of 2 500 kilometres. The other airports in the network are Liège in Belgium, which serves as Alibaba’s European hub, Brescia in Italy, Osijek in Croatia and Skövde in Sweden. Image: Dronamics

Konecranes wins new orders

A barge and ship with cranes

Konecranes will supply two barge-mounted cranes to be operated by Cosco Shipping Bulk off the coast of Guinea, Africa. The country is home to the world’s largest reserves of bauxite, a rock used in the production of aluminium, and the two cranes will be used to transship the raw material from river barges onto ocean-going vessels. Norfolk Southern in the US has ordered five hybrid rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes from Konecranes to be used at its intermodal terminals in Chicago and Atlanta. Image: Konecranes

Wärtsilä supplies maritime and energy solutions

A wind farm in barren wilderness

Wärtsilä will provide a project-critical energy storage system for the 50-megawatt Eolica Coromuel (ECO) wind farm in La Paz, Mexico. The Finnish technology group has also signed a strategic partnership with Germany-based SAACKE to expand the partners’ marine solution offerings to shipyards and shipowners. Finally, Wärtsilä will supply a comprehensive range of solutions, including the engine, for a new 132-metre-long ferry that will operate a route to Isle of Man in the UK. Image: Eurus Energy Group

Finnish scientists deepen understanding of COVID-19

A hand holding a piece of plastic in front of a robot's head

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has built an artificial human head capable of breathing, coughing and sneezing in order to investigate droplet and aerosol transmissions of the novel coronavirus. A business-driven follow-up project is also being prepared. Elsewhere, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) is taking part in an international research effort to create a precision prediction model capable of identifying those most at risk from the disease caused by COVID-19. Read our article on the scientific efforts by clicking the headline. Image: VTT

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