September 16, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Cross-country burgers, ferry ramps, 5G and Finnish film

Three hamburgers ready to be served.
Friends & Brgrs' ambitious growth plan will have it flipping burgers across Finland in the coming years.

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Friends & Brgrs, MacGregor, Nokia and Finnish film make headlines.

MacGregor has won big orders in Asia and Scandinavia, Nokia dishes out 5G in the US, Friends & Brgrs sets an ambitious growth plan in motion, and Finnish film is making waves worldwide.

MacGregor secures orders worth EUR 13 million

Cruise ship with an open bow door.

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received two new orders from Asia and Scandinavia. The Finnish company won one of its largest roll-on, roll-off passenger (RoPAX) ferry orders in recent years in Asia. The two-ferry order covers bow and stern doors and ramps, ramp covers, tiltable ramps, top hinged doors, hoistable car decks, pilot doors, bunker doors, and passenger doors. In Scandinavia, MacGregor secured an order for a set of linkspans consisting of several ramps for efficient loading onto roll-on, roll-off vessels.

MacGregor

DISH partners with Nokia to build 5G network

Connected wires.

DISH Network has selected Nokia’s cloud-native standalone core software to build its 5G network in the US. The deal follows months of joint testing in which Nokia and DISH proved their respective “any cloud” capabilities in multiple cloud environments and Nokia displayed its ability to supply a fully cloud-native, containerised end-to-end solution. Nokia’s software products will provide DISH with the speed, agility, intelligence and security required for 5G-era services while enabling cost-efficient network management with near zero-touch automation and adherence to service-level agreements.

Nokia

Friends & Brgrs opens new restaurants across Finland

The kitchen of a burger restaurant.

Friends & Brgrs will open six new restaurants this year in Helsinki, Lappeenranta, Kuopio and Rovaniemi. The Finnish restaurant chain aims to become the leading hamburger brand in Finland and wants to employ around 1 000 young people in the next three years. Founded in Finnish city Jakobstad in 2014, Friends & Brgrs has since expanded elsewhere in Finland and made the leap abroad, to Denmark and Germany. Friends & Brgrs plans to open more locations in 2021 and to have 30–50 restaurants in three years’ time.

Friends & Brgrs

Finnish films continue to find audiences worldwide

Woman thinking while chewing on a pencil.

Even in the midst of the pandemic, Finnish film-makers have been making headlines for winning awards, signing distribution deals and displaying abundant creativity. With Finland’s biggest film festival, HIFF, being held 17–27 September, there is much that has been making cinematic waves so far in 2020. Find out the latest international developments for Finnish films by clicking the headline.

Sami Kuokkanen

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