May 4, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Face masks and hand sanitisers, investments, escalators, design and film awards
Screentec has started mass production of personal protection equipment in Finland.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Screentec, Teerenpeli, AppGyver, KONE, Framery and Finnish film make headlines.
Screentec produces protective masks for hospitals, Teerenpeli turns to hand sanitisers, AppGyver raises coin, KONE secures an order in China, Framery wins a green design award, Cinode expands to Finland, and Finnish films are recognised in Switzerland.
Finnish company Screentec has commenced mass production of face-protecting visors over the past month to meet the increased demand for personal protection equipment in Finland during the COVID-19 outbreak. The company has now struck a deal with five university hospitals across Finland to set up a production line for almost six million FFP3 masks, with the start-up scheduled for June. According to the company, these are some of the most effective pieces of protective gear to prevent infections, as they protect the users from a minimum of 99 per cent of particles and have an internal leakage of two per cent or less in accordance with EU standards. Screentec has recruited additional staff to ramp up the production.
Finnish brewery and distillery Teerenpeli has started producing hand sanitisers to satisfy strong demand and help with hand hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak. The family franchise originates in the Finnish city of Lahti, which has ordered its own sanitiser from Teerenpeli to be used in the city’s premises under the Lahti brand name. The pivot from alcoholic beverages to hand sanitisers wasn’t too dramatic for Teerenpeli, as it already possessed the necessary infrastructure. The alcohol sector has been especially hard hit by the pandemic, but the pivot should allow Teerenpeli to keep its employees at work.
Finnish startup AppGyver has raised two million euros in a funding round co-led by Karma Ventures and OpenOcean, with participation from several angel investors. The funding will allow the company to accelerate the development of its new platform, Composer Pro, and scale up its international expansion. Composer Pro is a no-code visual platform for professional app development that allows both new and seasoned developers to produce sophisticated apps by using a simple drag-and-drop method. With the new visual programming tool, AppGyver aims to challenge traditional programming.
Finnish company KONE will deliver 77 escalators for the new Metro Line 3 in Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province in southeastern China. Nanchang Metro currently has two lines in service and two more under construction, and is eventually expected to have five lines. Metro Line 3 will link northern and southern parts of the city, carrying an estimated 50 000 passengers a day once operational. Seven of its 22 stations will be equipped with KONE escalators.
Finnish company Framery has won a Green Good Design Award for Framery 2Q, a meeting pod made from renewable birch plywood and recycled materials. A subprogramme of the Good Design Awards founded in 1950 by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the Green Good Design Awards recognises international innovations that support sustainable progress in society. Framery Q2 is designed to provide exceptional sound isolation and deliver more privacy to groups of up to six in open offices.
Swedish cloud service platform for consultancy firms Cinode is establishing a subsidiary in Finland. The subsidiary will be headed by Michael Ljungqvist, who has many years’ experience in the consultancy sector. Cinode is the leading platform for consultancy firms in Sweden and has users in around 20 countries. The platform brings efficiency to sales, deliveries and competency management, primarily for IT, tech and management consultancy firms.
Finnish documentaries Anerca, Breath of Life (Anerca, elämän hengitys) and On Hold (Poikien puhelin) have been awarded at Switzerland’s Visions du Réel Festival. Read more about it in our breaking news article by following the link in the headline.
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