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DAILY BRIEF: Cartoons, cloud servers, hospital collaboration, paper industry and design awards

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Haruworks, Rabbit Films, UpCloud, Valmet, Oulu University Hospital and Finnish design make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


UpCloud opens a new data centre, Valmet wins new orders, Oulu University Hospital links up in Japan, Haruworks gets Rabbit Films onboard, and Finnish companies are recognised at the German Design Awards. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

UpCloud opens data centre in Madrid

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Finnish cloud service provider UpCloud is continuing its international expansion by opening a new data centre in Madrid, its first in Southern Europe. The ES-MAD1 data centre is running fully on the new AMD EPYC processor architecture, which has more CPU cores and offers increased performance on virtually all workloads. UpCloud’s international growth is being fuelled by an 18 million-euro investment it secured at the beginning of 2020. The company plans to open three sites in Europe and six in other regions of the world by the end of 2021. Image: UpCloud

Valmet secures orders in China and Turkey

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Valmet will supply a container board making line with an extensive package of automation to Shanying Paper, Guangdong’s mill in Zhaoqing, China. Valmet has supplied a number of board making lines to the Chinese papermaker in recent years. It has also secured an order in Turkey from Modern Karton to supply an extensive paper machine grade conversion and a wide scope of automation to the Tekirdağ Mill. An order of this type is usually worth around 40–50 million euros for Valmet. Image: Valmet

Finnish and Japanese hospitals start collaboration

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Oulu University Hospital has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on collaboration with Tohoku University Hospital located in Sendai, Japan. The collaboration is based on a co-incubation agreement for industry promotion between the City of Oulu, BusinessOulu, the City of Sendai and Sendai City Industrial Promotion Organization. Oulu and Sendai first inked a deal in 2005 and have renewed it several times since then. The university hospitals will now begin closer collaboration on, for example, the promotion of smart hospitals. Image: Oulu Health

Haruworks is backed by Rabbit Films

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Finnish animation studio Haruworks has welcomed fellow Finnish indie studio Rabbit Films onboard as a minority stakeholder in its range of animated projects. Rabbit Films’ CEO, Olli Suominen, has also joined Haruworks’ board. The investment is a strategic one for both companies, as they now have access to each others’ networks and knowhow. In addition, Rabbit Films will jump into kids’ content for the first time. Two of the projects involved are 1001 Animals and Worst Best Friends, which Haruworks pitched at the Cartoon Forum in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Image: Haruworks

Finns win at German Design Awards

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Finnish companies have been recognised in multiple categories at the German Design Awards, to be held in February 2021. Check out the winners by clicking the headline. Image: Niimar

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