Norsepower rotor sails on a vessel
 Norsepower helps the shipping industry meet emission reduction targets with its auxiliary wind propulsion technology. Image: Norsepower

DAILY BRIEF: Cleaner shipping, 5G, acquisition, genetics testing and international talent

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Nokia, Elisa, Blueprint Genetics, Norsepower and work-based immigration makes headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki


Nokia supports 5G network launches in Europe and Singapore, Elisa acquires camLine, Blueprint Genetics announces a genetics testing programme, Norsepower wins a big rotor sail order, and our guest column looks at how Finland attracts international talent. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Nokia to deploy 5G core network for partners

Nokia robustness center for core networks

Nokia has partnered with Sweden’s Tele2 and Singapore’s M1 to support the two operators’ digitalisation and 5G efforts. The Finnish company will deploy its core network software to lay the foundation for Tele2’s 5G network in Sweden and the Baltics. Its core infrastructure was also selected by M1 to drive Singapore’s 5G standalone network launch in 2021. Image: Nokia

Elisa acquires German firm camLine

Elisa's headquarter

Finnish telecom operator Elisa will acquire German-based industrial software provider camLine for 60 million euros. camLine has a global customer base that includes manufacturers of semiconductors, electronics and medical devices. The acquisition is in line with Elisa’s strategy to grow its digital businesses internationally and strengthens its industrial software business growth. Image: Elisa

Blueprint Genetics partners on genetics testing programme

Scientist handling sample in a laboratory

Finnish company Blueprint Genetics has partnered with Akouos to launch Resonate, a programme that offers free access to genetic testing for people with auditory neuropathy. Auditory neuropathy is a type of hearing loss resulting from a disruption of nerve impulses travelling from the inner ear to the brain and is in many cases caused by genetic mutations. The programme is available in the US and is set to expand to other regions throughout 2021. Image: Blueprint Genetics

Norsepower to install rotor sails on bulk carrier

A tanker vessel with Norsepower rotor sails

Finnish clean technology company Norsepower has won its first newbuild order for the installation of five tilting rotor sails on a large bulk carrier. The technology reduces vessel emissions by harnessing wind to generate thrust and can bring fuel savings of 5–20 per cent, depending on the wind conditions and vessel route. The decarbonisation of the shipping industry is being driven by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2030 and 2050 emissions reduction targets. Image: Norsepower

Satu Salonen: International talent boost for Finland

Young people gathered in an office

In our guest column this week, the Helsinki Region Chamber of Commerce’s talent manager Satu Salonen takes a look at how Finland is attracting much-needed international talent. The question is a pressing and much discussed one, as the Finnish population is ageing and the birth rate is low. Read what she has to say by clicking the headline. Image: Shutterstock

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