Finlandia Hall with a marble white façade
 Finlandia Hall and 12 other Alvar Aalto designed buildings are proposed for the UNESCO World Heritage list. Image: Pete Laakso
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DAILY BRIEF: Iconic architecture, acquisitions, sound systems, dentistry and green packaging

All the daily Finnish business news that works: Aalto buildings, Holvi, Genelec, Kiilto, Planmeca and Fazer make headlines.

Rasmus Hetemäki

04.02.2021

Holvi is re-acquired by its founder, Genelec delivers a high-end sound system in Shanghai, Kiilto strengthens its food service business in the Nordics, Planmeca equips a Chinese dental clinic, Finland proposes Alvar Aalto-designed buildings for the UNESCO World Heritage list, and Fazer develops an ecological bread bag. Click on the headlines for more in-depth information about each piece of news.

Holvi acquired by Keru Fintech Investments

Person holding a Holvi bankcard and checking finances on a laptop

Holvi, a digital banking service for the self-employed, has been acquired by Keru Fintech Investments (Keru) from Spanish banking group BBVA. Keru is an investment company established specifically for the purpose of acquiring Holvi and continuing Holvi’s business in Finland, Germany and other European markets. The sole owner and founding shareholder of Keru is Tuomas Toivonen, one of the founders and the new CEO of Holvi. Image: Holvi / Facebook

Genelec supplies the sound for Mikkeller Shanghai

The new Mikkeller Shanghai bar in a tall white building by an open yard

Finnish premium audio company Genelec has provided a 4000-series sound system to Danish craft brewery Mikkeller’s new bar in Shanghai, China. Genelec’s 4030 loudspeakers have been installed in the main bar area and the shop overlooking the bar. The active loudspeakers mean there was no need for amplifiers or even a subwoofer, according to Mikkeller Shanghai’s managing partner Martin Aamodt, who is also a musician. Genelec’s sound systems have become a popular option in the upmarket bar and restaurant section internationally. Image: Mikkeller Shanghai

Kiilto acquires Svenska Diskbolaget

Chefs cooking in the kitchen

Finnish cleaning and hygiene products group Kiilto has acquired Svenska Diskbolaget, its long-time supplier of dishwashing solutions. The deal will strengthen its position as a comprehensive food service partner in the Nordics. Kiilto aims to develop food services solutions as a strategic focus area of its professional hygiene business, and solid dishwashing plays a key role in the plan. The Finnish group has an over 100-year history of developing chemical industry solutions in a number of business areas. Image: Kiilto

Planmeca equips Chinese dental clinic

A dental treatment room

Finnish company Planmeca has supplied dental units, imaging and digital solutions to DM Dental, a new dental clinic in Dongguan, China. Founded in 2020 by Xianghua Cheng, the clinic offers high-end dental services for customers in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Maca Greater Bay Area. Cheng has worked with Planmeca devices throughout his dental career and said the Finnish brand was a natural choice again, citing the high-quality designs and qualities of the units for better patient care, safety, infection control and effectiveness. Image: Planmeca

Aalto architecture proposed for UNESCO World Heritage list

The Finlandia Hall with its white Carrara marble façade

Finland is proposing that a collective of 13 sites representing Alvar Aalto’s humane architecture be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list as a single entity. The tentative list includes iconic buildings such as Finlandia Hall, Helsinki Hall of Culture and Aalto House. Aalto is Finland’s most renowned architect, whose buildings adorn squares and cities across Finland and internationally. The UNESCO World Heritage list currently contains more than 1 100 sites worldwide. Image: Rune Snellman / Alvar Aalto Museum

Fazer unveils bread bag made partly of oat hulls

A woman holding a white paper bag in a bakery

Finnish food giant Fazer has answered growing consumer demand for more ecological packaging with a new bread bag. A quarter of the material is made of oat hulls, and the entire packaging is recyclable as cardboard. The bread bag is part of Fazer’s sustainable packaging programme. Read our article on the green innovation by clicking the headline. Image: Fazer

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